Sharia Law at the WaPoo

In a more than usually desperate excuse for a column, even for the WaPoo, chickenhawk David Ignatius thinks he’s come up with a genius idea for resolving the simmering dispute between the oft-allied military dictatorships of Pakistan and the US over the sticky wicket of mercenary Raymond Davis, whose “diplomatic immunity” led him to think he could randomly waste ragheads with impunity the whole world over.  Of course, since this somewhat unusual, “why wouldn’t ya” school of international law is solely the product of delusional armchair warriors like Ignatius himself, our humble correspondent clearly has “skin in the game,” in that strictly metaphorical way of all chickenhawks;  the only problem is that such bloodthirsty horseshit doesn’t go over so well outside the beltway, so Ignatius has wracked his little brain for a face-saving “solution.”  (For your own good, swallow all adult beverages and set down the glass before reading further…)

One way out of the mess surrounding the Jan. 27 arrest in Lahore of CIA contractor Raymond Davis, say senior U.S. and Pakistani officials, is a Muslim ritual for resolving disputes known as “blood money.”

Murder, despite its obvious charms, can sometimes be a “mess,” and Ignatius is ready to send in a servant with a mop and bucket, stat.  Clearly, he has spent a lot of time on the toilet reading Pamela Geller’s literature on the subject, and is delighted to have found a neat way to turn those sneaky Habib’s barbaric code of honor on its head, while not coincidentally helping to salvage the vanished credibility of warmongering halfwits like himself.  The keyboard brigadier continues, warming to his little idea like a hooker to Fleet Week:

This approach would require a prominent Islamic intermediary – perhaps from Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates – who would invite relatives of the two men Davis killed to the Gulf. Payment to the victims’ families could then be negotiated quietly. Once the next of kin had agreed to this settlement, the legal case against Davis for murder might be moot in a Pakistani court.

No mention of the third Pakistani killed by Davis’ reckless escape driving from the scene of the double murder, nor the subsequent suicide of the fiance of one of the initial shooting, but in Ignatius’ world, the US government operates a busy pay window for atrocity victims, and what’s two more, when Ignatius is feverishly dragging the lake for the rotted corpse of his own reputation?  By this logic, anybody, anywhere, can kill anybody they want to and get away with it, as long as generous Uncle Sam has the checkbook open, which seems a bit odd in this era of Shared Sacrifice.  My guess is that Ignatius doesn’t want to make this curious and potentially costly adaptation of the rather universal laws against murder available to just any murderers, but he doesn’t think he has to spell that out for his long-suffering readers, who have long been taught that White Makes Right.

Of course, what WaPoo article would be complete without an anonymous government spokesman to back it up….

Asked about such a third-party mediation to free Davis, a senior U.S. official said Tuesday: “The United States is open to exploring any and all options that could resolve this matter. . . . It’s in our mutual interest to move beyond the Davis issue, and we believe the Pakistanis understand the stakes involved.”

Anything short of an honest trial, which of course isn’t the American Way.  You see, we prefer crooked dealings with other dictatorships to be secret, and involve sacks of unaccounted taxpayer cash…  Says so in the WaPoo.  Naturally, Ignatius also has equally anonymous sources in Pakistani intelligence to back up his dingbattery further:

The Pakistani desire for a resolution was highlighted in an e-mail sent to me Tuesday by a senior ISI official in Islamabad. “Things are on the mend and in the larger interests of peace and stability in the region, there has been an agreement to continue to work together,” the official said.

Or, as Nixon put it toward the end, “You have to save the plan!”  Not wanting to sound too much like a pampered imperialist, Ignatius mines his little heart for a bit of empathy for the Pakistanis who were flagrantly lied to by both his newspaper and his government:

The Pakistanis feel they were initially misled about the case. Immediately after the arrest, an embassy official in Washington contacted the CIA and asked if Davis worked for the agency; he apparently was told no. The official asked again on Feb. 2 and again, the agency is said to have denied involvement.

They “feel” misled?  Initially?  The embarrassing sight of neocons apologizing, not for their actions, but for the runaway emotions of their victims, never ceases to amaze, but this whopper is something to behold.  But he goes on, assuming that the reader is either as stupid as he is, or only reads the dubious and fawning reporting on the subject in his own paper:

The paperwork for Davis’s visa and work assignment is fuzzy, at best. He was carrying three different ID cards when he was arrested. He wasn’t included on a Jan. 25 U.S. list of people needing to be registered with the Foreign Office; his name is said to have been added within a day or two after his arrest. It’s still not clear just what he was doing in Lahore, or whether he may have worked as a Defense Department contractor before shifting to the CIA.

Literate Americans know he was a mercenary formerly employed by Blackwater, no less, and then carried his murderous “talents” to the CIA, where he could suckle at the taxpayer teat and be a “diplomat,” to boot.  This is only complicated if you work at (or worse, read) America’s Worst Newspaper.  As if understandably worried that his contemptible, ridiculous idea might be seen as the pathetic Hail Mary it is, Ignatius decides to party like it’s 2002 and toss in a Mushroom Cloud:

For now, the one certainty is that the CIA and ISI would like to resolve this issue quietly, with outside help, if necessary – before it gets any worse. If mediation fails and the case goes to court, says one Pakistani, it will be an “atomic bomb.”

Well, if you add in the WaPoo, Ignatius, and the rest of them, there are those who would regard a fair trial as an event like Hiroshima; the rest of us know the fallout in that unlikely case will blow the other way; that’s why Ignatius, and probably the Obama Administration, would prefer to go the “Blood Money” route.  It’s only money, after all.  The blood is from the little people.


  1. meremark says:


    The following item is the ‘best’ so far I’ve seen on the case. And it is incriminating enough to ditch Davis in the ‘black hole of Calcutta’ evermore.

    One ‘worry flag’ (in my view) is noting that this ‘Tribune’ newspaper is ‘partnered’ with the International Herald Tribune (of Parisian environs) which is ‘owned and operated by’ the New York Times, which is a rightwing = Rothschild/banking controlled gatekeeper restraining leftwing outrage and uprising. As per instruction:
    The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves.” ~~ Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

    Wary worry duly noted, there’s this:

    ‘CIA agent Davis had ties with local militants’
    By Qaiser Butt
    Published: February 22, 2011

    ISLAMABAD – As American newspapers lifted a self-imposed gag on the CIA links of Raymond Davis, in place on the request of the US administration, The Express Tribune< has now learnt that the alleged killer of two Pakistanis had close links with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

    The New York Times reported on Monday that Davis “was part of a covert, CIA-led team of operatives conducting surveillance on militant groups deep inside the country, according to American government officials.”

    This contradicts the US claim that Davis was a member of the ‘technical and administrative staff’ of its diplomatic mission in Pakistan.

    Davis was arrested on January 27 after allegedly shooting dead two young motorcyclists at a crowded bus stop in Lahore. American officials say that the arrest came after a ‘botched robbery attempt’.

    “The Lahore killings were a blessing in disguise for our security agencies who suspected that Davis was masterminding terrorist activities in Lahore and other parts of Punjab,” a senior official in the Punjab police claimed.

    “His close ties with the TTP were revealed during the investigations,” he added. “Davis was instrumental in recruiting young people from Punjab for the Taliban to fuel the bloody insurgency.” Call records of the cellphones recovered from Davis have established his links with 33 Pakistanis, including 27 militants from the TTP and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi sectarian outfit, sources said.

    Davis was also said to be working on a plan to give credence to the American notion that Pakistan’s nuclear weapons are not safe. For this purpose, he was setting up a group of the Taliban which would do his bidding.

    The larger picture

    Davis’s arrest and detention has pulled back the curtain on a web of covert American operations inside Pakistan.

    The former military ruler Pervez Musharraf had cut a secret deal with the US in 2006, allowing clandestine CIA operations in his country. This was done to make the Americans believe [falsely] that Islamabad was not secretly helping the Taliban insurgents. [Whereas, in truth, CIA/Musharraf was and is all that there is, making all the trouble, behind the mask pretense of 'Taliban'; also 'al Qaida' is all CIA-rigged, all the time ... since before, and especially doing Nine-Eleven Op.]

    Under the agreement, the CIA was allowed to ….

    Further Davis case details, mostly omitted in US massmind media:

    Investigators had recovered 158 items from Davis, which include a 9mm Gloc Pistol, five 9mm magazines, 75 bullets, GPS device, an infrared torch, a wireless set, two mobile phones, a digital camera, a survival kit, five ATM cards, and Pakistani and US currency notes, sources said.

    The camera had photographs of Pakistan’s defence installations.

    Intelligence officials say that some of the items recovered from Davis are used by spies, not diplomats. This proves that he was involved in activities detrimental to Pakistan’s national interests.

    The Punjab law minister has said that Davis could be tried for anti-state activities. …

    Perhaps it is a ‘natural’ step of evolution and so unsurprising, that internet has displaced newspapers as the primary and more authentic source of News (of record). Yet it slightly does surprise that newspapers don’t realize it (and then simply start printing blatant stenography of What Is Going On giving attribution to the internet). Or it is not surprising that newspapers have to deny to themselves being supplanted. If and when they decide to deal with their denialism, there’s an app for that.


  2. retzilian says:

    It’s so obvious to anyone who reads spy novels or non-fiction about the spooks that this guy Davis was a provocateur & hired bagman. He probably is *not* a CIA agent because he would have been disowned and nobody would be looking to help him. He would be burned.

    He’s just a cowboy contractor subcontracted by another cowboy who has orders from the top of the food chain – the Pentagon. This is not a spy operation, it’s a military operation.

  3. Henry says:

    The $2.00 question of the day now is: whether or not the U.S. of A should intervene in Libya??? Thoughts?

    • The Heel says:

      Clearly – the self pronounced world police pulls the trigger on other evil doers at a snip of a finger. Why not have some fun in Libya?
      After all, the right wingers still think that Bush the Darker, is a pussy…

    • cocktailhag says:

      I’m with the Heel here. Show me an American intervention that hasn’t been disastrous, costly, and counterproductive, and maybe I’d bite.