MK Bhadrakumar at the Asia Times
, and b at Moon of Alabama
do some speculating about just who Raymond Davis is. If you've been obsessing on Egypt, you might have missed the curious case where Davis, a US 'diplomat', gunned down two men on a motorcycle, and claimed they were robbers. He was arrested and is in a jail in Pakistan.
As Bhadrakumar points out, the normal path in resolving issues of diplomatic immunity is quiet negotiation, instead the US, led by Hillary Clinton, proceeded immediately to snubs and threats, all done in the most public way. It would be logical to attribute that to the arrogant stupidity that has become the hallmark of the Clinton State Department, but this case might have other motives.
So, what did Davis do for a living? From the adamant fashion in which Islamabad (despite being highly vulnerable to US aid cutoff) is reacting, it seems it has no real choices in the matter. This seems to be a situation in which, as someone once said, you only live once.
The heart of the matter is that Pakistan has been wondering for a long time who it is who could be instigating the so-called "Pakistani Taliban" to inflict such bloody wounds on the Pakistani military and weaken and incrementally destabilize the Pakistani state.
On the other hand, b points out that since Davis's arrest, there have been no drone strikes in Pakistan
. That's a very interesting fact, and one that doesn't necessarily contradict the other supposition.
Senator Kerry is now on the case, and even Obama is issuing public statements so it's fair to say that Davis and what he knows and might say are of grave concern.
It's hard to believe that Pakistan will not end up releasing Davis, but the delaying tactics are undoubtedly useful in completing his interrogation and in verifying what he says. Once he's squeezed dry, he might be exchanged for Aafia Siddiqui
, so then everyone will be happy.
“For those who aren’t familiar with the background on this, a couple of Pakistanis were killed in an incident between Mr. Davis within Pakistan,” Obama said. “So, obviously, we’re concerned about the loss of life. You know, we’re not callous about that. But there’s a broader principle at stake that I think we have to uphold.”