“As the waters recede, and the immediate crisis passes…the challenge will be to muster international investment to repair Pakistan’s infrastructure and catalyze its economic recovery, writes Steve Coll. Market towns in the flood zone are not notable breeding grounds for international terrorism but home to landless laborers, tenant farmers, bus drivers, and shopkeepers. “These Pakistanis belong to no war party and live in peaceful indifference to the United States. To help reimagine their future, and that of their country, the place to begin is to come unconditionally to their aid,” he says. This must be recognized as a strategic and humanitarian imperative.