The Curious Case of Raymond Davis

In one of the most public CIA murder cases in the last twenty years, the media has honed in on Raymond Davis, a CIA agent contractor, charged with murder in Lahore, Pakistan.

As reported by Reuters:

Raymond Davis, 36, shot dead two Pakistanis in the eastern Punjab city of Lahore on January 27 after what he described as an attempted armed robbery. He said he acted in self-defense and the United States says he had diplomatic immunity and should have been immediately repatriated.

The case became a major test of ties between the United States and Pakistan, a vital ally in the U.S.-led campaign against Taliban militants in Afghanistan.

What makes the case all the more interesting is the turn-around exhibited by the families of the victims, who had formally pressed for indictment of the American espionage agent. Just hours before the writing of this article, the latest Reuters and AP headlines exclaimed:

Pakistan court indicts CIA contractor for double murder

Merely minutes later, however, the headline changed:

Pakistan court acquits CIA contractor after “blood money” deal

Though the original article has been changed on all news websites, I was able to procure a copy here.

Originally, Davis was formally indicted by the Pakistani court and was ready to stand trial.  Soon thereafter, it was reported that ‘blood money’ was paid to the victims’ families, a huge payoff obviously fronted by American taxpayers.

The reason given for the quick and speedy settlement of this murder trial is the growing anti-American sentiment in Pakistan, which has suffered endless drone attacks and interventions from American special forces for nearly ten years.

Shall this payment of ‘blood money’ shift more legitimacy to the Pakistani Taliban, who have been gaining immense popularity after American presence in the region? Shall it once again prove that state meddling in foreign countries only breeds resentment and hatred?

Let these events serve as another example of how the American government is further harming its people and reputation by the wars in the Middle East.

When shall the madness end?

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