The Wicked Are Caught In Their Pride!

By : Peter Attwood 

There’s a funny story that I know I haven’t been paying enough attention to. You neither, perhaps. January 27th, while things were starting to go south for Uncle Hosni, a nice American “consular official” named Raymond Davis was sightseeing alone in a rental car in Lahore when he found himself being tailed by a couple of young guys on motorbikes.

Well, in self-defense he shot and killed both these guys who were armed but never drew their weapons. Ray’s self-defense was pretty good for an average diplomat – 2 shots each from his Beretta through the windshield, so he claimed, and two more apiece in the back. Mr. Davis administered 4 pills apiece to his patients, taking care to take pictures of their dead bodies with his cell phone. One of the wives has already killed herself in her grief.

Cops all around the world tend to be unimaginative – in Pakistan too – so the cops in Lahore, like all the American cops I’ve ever known, just couldn’t see a way to picture this as self-defense. So they arrested Mr Davis and found three cell phones in his pockets, along with a Glock and three full clips, and “a small telescope.” The American press has on the whole failed to mention these small details in its coverage of the case, but in Pakistan the papers write up the reports they get from the cops the same as they do here. And then another detail turned up – the two bikers were Pakistani intelligence agents.

The consulate claimed diplomatic immunity for Mr Davis, based on the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961. But unlike American TV news watchers, the Lahore High Court, along with lawyers in Pakistan, have been reading the Convention, and they have noticed that Article 37, paragraph 2, states that the diplomatic immunity of “the administrative and technical staff,” which the consulate said described Mr Davis, “shall not extend to acts performed outside the course of their duties.” Lawyers and others in Pakistan are arguing that espionage and the assassination of Pakistani intelligence agents on their own soil with two shots each in the back fall outside the course of Mr Davis’s duties. Which I suspect the judges I’ve met at the Office of Administrative Hearings might agree with.

These Pakistani lawyers also noticed the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations of 1963, which the Americans have somehow overlooked, which reads as follows in Article 41:

“Consular officers shall not be liable to arrest or detention pending trial, except in the case of a grave crime and pursuant to a decision by the competent legal authority.”

The Pakistanis are arguing that the execution-style murder of their agents in their own country is a grave crime, which again any hearing officer might well agree with.

For sure the Lahore High Court agreed, so they took Mr Davis from his comfortable cell in the police station and dumped him in a crowded jail, probably to soften him up without actually torturing him, because the Pakistanis for sure would like to hear Davis sing about what he knows.

The Americans have responded with all sorts of threats and pressure to get the Pakistanis to release Mr Davis, the law be damned, and that’s perfectly understandable, since they don’t want Mr Davis to sing. And if he doesn’t, and he’s found guilty of murder, he could end up with plenty of time in custody to tune up his pipes.

So the Americans are actually demanding the privilege of extra-territoriality for their one of their junior sahibs. To understand how that goes down in host countries, consider how indignant Americans are just that UN diplomats blow off their New York City parking tickets.

Now close your eyes and do a thought experiment. How will it go down in the average American head if a Pakistani consular official, driving in downtown Los Angeles, is tracked by a couple of FBI guys on their motorcycles? The Pakistani “diplomat” shoots these guys twice each from the front and then gives them two more in the back to polish them off, and then he takes the pictures of their corpses with one of his three cell phones. Besides those, the LAPD finds a Glock and three full clips in his car along with a small telescope. And then the Pakistanis get Hillary Clinton fired for noticing that the Conventions deny the murderer diplomatic immunity and for insisting that they stand trial in an American court. Now when the US government caves and lets the Pakistani “diplomat” fly home, what will you see and hear from Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh – or even Harry Reid – never mind the average American.

Consider the arrogance and complacency that make the American government even think of asking Pakistan to swallow such a humiliation, never mind the arrogance of this guy that thought himself entitled to execute Pakistani intelligence agents on the street in their own country. Pride does come before stumbling, and a haughty spirit before a fall, just as it is written. What makes these masters of the universe think that heaven’s law carves out an exemption for them?

And they’re acting this way in a country through which they must move supplies for their occupying army of 100,000 men in Afghanistan. Yes, lads and lassies, you’re playing the Pakistanis much too close. The occupying forces in Afghanistan may find good cause to feel pretty unthankful to the idiots acting this way in their rear.

(Peter Attwood is a blogger & blogs at he wrote  this article for his blog and is a cross post at PAKPOTPOURRI).

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  • Laila  On February 15, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Good, sarcastic write up by Peter. Asking all the right questions.BTW, the men were hit at the back-curious! Self defence Davis?

  • Ijaz Khan  On February 15, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    BRAVO PETER! I wish your GOVERNMENT officals involved had this kind of honor!

  • NadePaulKuciGravMcKi  On February 15, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Dr. Aafia Siddiqui

    drones disabled

  • Faisal Malik  On February 15, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    the article is top notch………though i don’t agree with one thing.

    the two guys were NOT intelligence agents.

    it was only claimed i think by the US media and then taken up in the pakistani media somewhere as well. but nothing has come out officially to claim that those two murdered so brutally were infact, intelligence agents.

    in all honesty, pakistani media for some time now has become a little expert in finding out the little details about such things. and if it were indeed true, something concrete would have surely come up.

    as i stated at another blog, we don’t train our guys this way. they are the best of the best. and it is hard to believe them (two of them) to get killed this way……with the prior knowledge of a “diplomat” being good at his “profession”.

    this issue is just raised to create more confusion and somehow even things up at the people’s level.

  • Inam Khan  On February 15, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    It is a simple case of a CIA Agent being caught carrying out espoinage and subversion in an another country and trying to shoot his way out and threatening the the country with dire consequences by the US Officials.Gun totting diplomacy cannot go for ever.To what extent will Pakistan go on surrendering its sovereignty.Zardari and Gillani will have to face public wrath if they let go Raymond Davis. ………..Inam Khan

  • zubair  On February 15, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Incompletely agree with the writer. However, I am a bit reluctant to blame the good old US of A. If we accept them as our masters, get to power in Pakistan on American backing and blessing and openly tell Amerasian that we will not do anything in Pakistan without their approval, how do you expect even to hold their hit-man much less prosecute him. There have been countless cases of American “technical” staff, fully armed to the teeth manning check posts and even stopping Pakistani police officers from crossing. There are cases of junior American armed forces officers refusing to stop at the PAF Bases and submitting to car search till forced to do so creating diplomatic row. The Govt of Pakistan has consistently not only reprimanded Pakistani security staff but have ignored the undiplomatic actions by the guests. Sir, our Govt was installed by the US and is in power by they American backing. The so called Kerry Lugar aid ins really peanuts if you consider the 64+ billion US $ we have spent fighting American war not to talk about the human lives. So where is this “aid” going? To the same rulers who have initiated a unique scheme of skimming money by turning the people into beggars like themselves by the so famous Benazir Income Support Programe. You be the judge—is USA the culprit or us.

  • TMH  On February 15, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    True to its headline, very refreshing investigative article, balanced and to the point.
    Good work, Mr. Attwood.

  • S U Turkman  On February 15, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Article full of lies is being called a good investigative article. I cry at stupidity of Pakistanis because I see them to have no explanation, when they stand in front of Allah after they die.

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