10.2.11

Robbery. 2 dead. Accident. 1 dead.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/09/AR2011020906775_2.html

U.S. and Pakistani officials agreed that the police report, written in Urdu, indicates that the two Pakistanis who were killed had robbed two individuals earlier in the day and taken their cellphones, which were found in their possession at the crime scene. These robbery victims came forward independently after seeing television coverage of the crime, saying they recognized the two Pakistanis who were shot by the U.S. official.
The report indicates that at least one of the motorcycle men cocked a weapon and aimed it at Davis while he was stopped at a traffic signal, but that neither of the Pakistani men fired. "One cocked a pistol and pointed it at him," a U.S. official said.
The two slain Pakistanis were found in possession of five cellular phones, a Rolex-style watch and four different types of currency, the report indicates.
Shooting was apparently justified, according to information from both the US and Pakistani officials involved. Doesn't really matter if he got out of the car to fire the last two shots or not as the would-be robbers laid in the street.

The one robber's wife committed suicide recently, saying her husband was a good man, not a robber. Husbands lie sometimes. Wives have a history of believing them. Love, trust, security and all that stuff. She died in vain. Many people came forward to defend the two men's reputation.

"My son was not a robber!"

Sorry, Pop. Two people came forward saying they'd been robbed by the same two guys earlier that day. "Thank you very much for recovering my stolen cellphone" and so on.

The only real legal issue then should be the manslaughter that was committed in killing a pedestrian/bicyclist as another embassy car was speeding to the scene of the accident. Sure the driver should have done what he could to reach the scene and aid his colleague as fast as possible. But that's no excuse to kill innocent people on the way there. Someone needs to pay the price for that, and an official, public, high-level apology sure as hell wouldn't hurt.

Tough on Raymond Davis, but his continued incarceration in Pakistan might actually be in America's best interests. We need a stable Pakistani government. Them releasing him anytime soon will just cause mad problems.

Yes, Pakistani leadership is guilty of a whole host of things, including but not limited to:
* Training and abetting and turning a blind eye to terrorists. LeT etc.
* Allowing the Taleban safe haven as they continue to attack into Afghanistan from their bases in the Pakistani tribal areas.
* Pushing conspiracy theories about India and the US to feed their populace so they won't see the corruption and lackluster political framework in their midst.

But further political turmoil in Pakistan isn't exactly what the world needs right now. Mr. Davis might have to sit tight for a while, for the good of us all.

Alternatively there could be a popular uprising in Pakistan. Except the last election was fairly free, so the leadership really is a reflection of the people.

The massively religious saturation of fanatics in Pakistani society is the real problem. Coupled with unquestioning US financial support for Israeli settlers in the West Bank and Gaza. And a war of opportunity in Iraq. And Guantanamo. And Abu Ghraib. And torture and waterboarding and secret prisons and indefinite detention. Can I stop listing contributing causes now, do people get the point?

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