He said, she said

Posted: March 17, 2011 in Uncategorized
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The scramble to save face has begun. Like a newly married couple after their first major fight, flowery words and sugar cookies in the form of money and public statements are being exchanged. The aftermath is illuminating to say the least.

The gist is, now that the US has gotten what it wanted, and supremacy has once again been established, they can deign to be benevolent about the whole episode. Most newspapers today are touting syrupy good will articles consisting of sugar-coated statements by US officials. Lets examine a few of these shall we

“Kerry said: “This was a very important and necessary step for both of our countries to be able to maintain our relationship and remain focused on progress on bedrock national interests, and I’m deeply grateful for the Pakistani government’s decision.”

I have to wonder here…necessary for who? Obviously not for Pakistan, according to the frequent statements issued by our government during the course of the Davis debacle. In fact there have been several press releases and articles, highlighting Zardari stressing how little this incident’s effect was between the ties for the two countries. If the US believed the fate of two entire countries and a 9 year-long war was contingent on the fate of one man, then Houston, we have a problem. It would be very stupid to expect problems like this will not arise again. Are we to have all these American cowboys running roughshod over our people without uttering a peep for fear that they may be “necessary” and “important” to the relations between US and Pakistan?

Kerry continues with “We deeply regret the loss of life that led to this difficulty in our relationship and the demonstrations on Pakistan’s streets, but neither country could afford for this tragedy to derail our vital relationship. We look forward to working with Pakistan to strengthen our relationship and confront our common challenges.””

What Kerry conveniently sidesteps here is the one common challenge which his country refused to allow settled in a mutually beneficial manner. Raymond Davis was our common challenge and both the US and Pakistan failed to surmount this challenge and emerge in a graceful manner. Pakistan, as always compromised its people, while the US, interestingly, compromised on the very principles it claims to be fighting in this region, by using the often lamented Sharia law as a means to free Davis.

Referring to the release of Davis, Munter further said: “I wish to express my respect for Pakistan and its people, and my thanks for their commitment to building our relationship, to everyone’s benefit.””

I love how Munter thinks that the US’ benefit is automatically “everyone’s” benefit!

The entire article can be found at CIA Spy Escapes Murder Case…

Ah but not all are filled with hearts and sunshine.

“That a recipient of tens of billions of dollars of U.S. aid would treat our people in such a way is shocking,” said Dana Rohrabacher, a conservative lawmaker from the Republican Party, which controls the House of Representatives.

“And (it) should suggest that we take a close look at the fundamentals of who we give our aid to and whether or not they are our friends or whether they are treating us like suckers.”

The gall of this woman is reaching insurmountable proportions. If anyone came out the suckers in this case, it was the Pakistani’s. And let’s be clear on one thing. America is funneling these billions into Pakistan to further their own agenda, not out of the goodness of their bleeding hearts. Furthermore, the purpose of aid is humane in nature, not strategic. Countries provide aid to others to further humanitarian efforts and prop up the economy, or maybe that’s just the idealistic side of me making itself heard. As I stated in my last post, just because America provides us aid does not give its representatives the license to kill…sorry for the pun! Somebody needs to ask Dana Rohrabacher why she doesn’t find it “shocking” that 3 Pakistani’s were killed with about as much remorse as one would save for a squashed cockroach.

For the detailed article, you can visit Reuters

Now that I’m done with the US bashing section of this program, lets looks at the Pakistani side.

First of all, all those out there currently wishing you could wring one of the family members’ necks, please calm down. Remember all ideals can be bought out at a price. The families do have my sympathies. I’m sure when the subject of Diyat came out, the pressure from local parties to not bow down must have been intense…and possibly unwelcome. If Raymond Davis had been acquitted, once the whole furore had died down, Pakistani’s with their typical aplomb, would have forgotten all about the families and moved on with their lives. And, after all, the thought of their family member’s murderer possibly rotting in jail is cold comfort when balanced against a sweet fortune in money, cushy digs and visas out of a country where their social and economic standing was low at best and their futures bleak. I feel its selfish to blame them. It’s easy to be righteous and pound the pulpit in fury when you are a third-party removed from the realities of families that have lost their main breadwinners. Whats sad is that the reactionary nature of our people forced the family to absolve Raymond in secret and flee the country with minimum contact with locals. Which made the people protesting oh-so-vehemently on their behalf, look quite stupid.

Threats of continuing demonstrations and security situations are doomed to failure. The ship has sailed people, the milk has been spilt and the horse has bolted. Killing each other over it just underscores the American opinion of Pakistani’s as a overemotional, unreasonable and ineffective people. Everyone who could have benefitted from the situation have cashed in.

“Analysts also noted that General Pasha, who was due to retire this month, obtained an unusual one-year extension of tenure this week.

Our government and the ISI has gotten their own cut in the hefty payout as well as other benefits such as the unprecedented one year extension in tenure for General Pasha.

Raymond Davis should be thanked. His actions have brought to light shaky foundations US/Pakistan relations are built on. It has shown us the difference between the value of a Pakistani life versus an American life. Most of all it has shown us, that all those niggling suspicions we had about Blackwater and the like are true. In fact, Davis has been of a great deal of service to Pakistan

Now it’s time for us, the people of Pakistan, to use all these revelation in a positive and effective manner. The deaths of the three Pakistani’s will be avenged when the revelations their deaths have exposed will be used for the betterment of our local and foreign policies.


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