Washington was trying to inflame Pakistanis, it could hardly
a better job of it than with the way it handled the case of
operative Ray Davis.
The Nation, Pakistan
Pakistanis Take to
the Streets After Raymond Davis' Release
federal and Punjabi governments [where Davis shot and killed two men] may well
be congratulating themselves after obtaining American favor by releasing Davis,
but they should also be aware that they have earned the eternal displeasure of
the Pakistani people."
The protests anticipated after
the release of Raymond Davis began immediately after the news broke on Thursday.
Demonstrations continued on Friday in every major urban center. It's still too
early to judge whether the protests will lead to objectives similar to those in
Arab countries where so far, two presidents have fallen and almost every
government has been shaken. But it isn't too early to see that this has been a
prime opportunity for the populace to engage in anti-American protest.
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Such protests doubled in
strength after the first drone attack since Davisí release killed 41 people
attending a Jirga. There should be no doubt that if Davis had been a citizen of
some other country, there would have been just as much of a desire to see him
punished. Both federal and Punjabi governments [where Davis shot and killed two
men] may well be congratulating themselves after obtaining American favor by
releasing Davis, but they should also be aware that they have earned the eternal
displeasure of the Pakistani people. The United States has exposed itself, not just
by the extraordinary support it exerted on behalf of one of its citizens, but
by the methods it used to force obedience from the government of Pakistan.
Islamabad was more than willing, but it feared the wrath of the people. That
wrath has been visible on the streets ever since Davis' release.
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