CIA Rambo Escapes Pakistan
by Eric Margolis
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The US government
just decided Islamic shariah law is not so bad after all
at least not in the case of jailed CIA agent Raymond Davis.
The burly Davis, an ex-US Special Forces soldier, former Blackwater
gunman, and now CIA contractor (jargon for mercenary)
was jailed in Pakistan after shooting dead two Pakistanis, who were
either robbers or government security agents. A third Pakistani
was killed by a car driven by a CIA rescuer racing up a one-way
street the wrong way.
were outraged, but their weak government, which subsists on $3 billion
of annual US aid, caved in to its American patrons. After weeks
of intense negotiations over US claims that Davis had diplomatic
cover, some $2.3 million or more diyaa, or blood money,
was paid to the grieving families of Davis victims. Case closed.
man in Islamabad was quickly rushed out of Pakistan to a US base
in Afghanistan. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who has become
as adept at bending the truth as her hubby Bill, stoutly denied
Washington had paid any money to get Davis released.
She was technically
right. The Zardari regime in Islamabad paid off the families after
strong-arming them to accept the sleazy deal. Washington will pay
sources here in Washington, the diyaa ploy was the brainchild
of Pakistans ambassador to the US, Husain Haqqani, which my
old friend denies. He is widely known as the smartest ambassador
very clever. The Davis crisis is over at least in Washington.
But not in Pakistan, where public fury over Islamabads crass
sellout is boiling.
The Davis case
will confirm the growing belief among most Pakistanis that their
nation has been de facto occupied by the United States as part of
its war in Afghanistan. What else could they conclude when American
Rambos and spies run amok in Pakistan and US Predator drones pound
its northwest frontier? Or as they watch Pakistans once proud
soldiers, now turned sepoys of the new Raj, stand at attention to
receive Pentagon orders.
at least 41 Pakistani civilians were killed by US air strikes along
the northwest frontier just as the Obama Administration was
threatening war against Libya for doing the same thing.
Even the unloved
former president, Pervez Musharraf, claims right after 9/11, Washington
put a gun to our head and told him to either accept
US semi-occupation of Pakistan or be bombed back to the Stone Age.
This meant US use of Pakistans major ports, depots, key airfields,
radar sites, intelligence service ISI, security police, and 120,000
and intelligence officers deemed insufficiently pro-American or
Islamist were purged, among them many of the armys ablest
A decade later,
polls show most Pakistanis believe the US is continuing to take
over Pakistan, and aims to get control of their nations dispersed
At the same
time, Pakistan is increasingly becoming a free-fire zone for US
gunslingers and CIA hit teams. The Zardari government in Islamabad,
well lubricated by secret US black payments and stipends,
raises few objections.
deep mistrust of Pakistans intelligence service, ISI, because
it still puts Pakistans strategic interests ahead of those
of the US.
The Davis affaire
is very unfortunate for the United States. At a time when Washington
is preaching democracy and rule of law to the Arab world, it is
seen in Pakistan to be crassly violating norms of law and diplomacy,
simply bribing its way out of trouble with venal Pakistani politicians
behavior further undermines the feeble Zardari regime, the house
of cards on which the US-led Afghan War rests. Nor did it help this
week in Washington when US Afghan commander, Gen. David Petraeus,
asserted there were less than 100 al-Qaida in Afghanistan.
CIA chief Leon
Panetta had previously told the US Congress there were no more than
50 al-Qaida types left in Afghanistan. So why, one wonders, are
there 110,000 US troops and another 40,000 NATO troops there? Could
it be some other reason?
never have been allowed to Rambo around Islamabad, armed and dangerous,
in a cowboy shirt. Who is running US policy in Pakistan?
him mail] is the author of War
at the Top of the World and the new book, American
Raj: Liberation or Domination?: Resolving the Conflict Between the
West and the Muslim World. See his
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