Unprecedented floods in Pakistan means the country needs all the help it can get and we should all send our bit.
BUT (you were waiting for that!) here are two items that the UN, development experts, Pakistanis themselves, and, yes Americans ought to be thinking about as the disaster continues.
The first, is the fight Pakistan has been having with India about dams being built in Kashmir to provide electricity in rapidly developing India. The Pakistanis are protesting what they see as the ability of India to control their rivers (and water supplies) by their control of the dam(s). At the moment, Pakistan may regret that India didn’st start building the dams, which could also function as flood controls, twenty years ago. But we can predict that when this current disaster has been brought under control, the internecine struggle will be taken up again. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/21/world/asia/21kashmir.html?_r=1&ref=pakistan
The second, Pakistan has many wealthy people who don’t pay taxes. That means among other things that the government does not have the resources it needs to provide the disaster relief now needed, nor does it have the political will to close the gap between the very rich and the growing numbers of very poor (whose conditions are made even worse by the flood). http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/19/world/asia/19taxes.html?scp=1&sq=Pakistan+elite&st=nyt
In the meantime, the United States spends billions supporting the war against Pakistani insurgents and enhancing the power of the Pakistan millitary.
If it weren’t for their nuclear weapons, would Pakistan be considered a faltering, if not failed state?