24 December 2008: The limits of putting international pressure on Pakistan have very likely been reached. The United States, even armed with evidence from India on the involvement of the Pakistani state in the 26-28 November terrorism in Bombay, cannot or won't do more than it has. Its ties with Pakistan run deep to the beginning of the Cold War, and the jihadis are closely tied in with the US CIA from the days of the so-called mujahideen war against the then occupying Soviet forces. Besides embarrassing old connections, the US needs the Pakistan army to keep the pressure on the Al-Qaeda and the Afghan and Pakistani Taliban forces in FATA, while it aerially bombards them. It was always known that the US would be of limited assistance in containing Pakistani terrorism.