Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Obama Pays Ransom For American Diplomat

And to the Pakistani government no less. For some months Raymond Davis, an American diplomat, has been held illegally by the State of Punjab in Pakistan. Davis, a contract employee of the Central Intelligence Agency and assigned as security for CIA employees conducting operations in Pakistan, was arrested after he shot two men, very likely agents of the Pakistani Inters Services Intelligence (ISI). He was a properly accredited employee of the United States government and in Pakistan on a diplomatic passport and properly issued diplomatic visa issued to him by the Pakistani government. His arrest was, in fact, an act of war. Although held by a government agency inferior to the Federal Pakistani government, the central government refused to inform the State of Punjab and their State courts that Davis was a properly accredited government. The central government even refused after ordered to make a decision by the Pakistani Supreme Court:

Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

Pakistani authorities Monday balked at ruling on whether CIA contractor Raymond Davis is immune from prosecution in a double murder case and instead put the matter in the hands of a Lahore trial court, a decision that will probably prolong the diplomatic crisis between the U.S. and Pakistan.

The Lahore High Court had earlier ordered the federal government to clearly state on Monday its position on whether Davis, a 36-year-old American, has diplomatic immunity that would shield him from being tried for the Jan. 27 shooting deaths of two Pakistani motorcyclists who he says were trying to rob him in Lahore.

The U.S. government insists Davis has that immunity and should be immediately released from a Pakistani jail.

However, the Pakistani Foreign Ministry told Lahore Chief Justice Ijaz Chaudhry that the question of Davis' immunity needs to be decided by the trial court handling the murder case. Without a clear position from the Pakistani government, the high court did not issue its own ruling and instead sent the matter to the trial court.

Monday's developments left unresolved a case that has severely strained relations between the U.S. and Pakistan, an ally Washington relies on heavily in the battle against Taliban and Al Qaeda militants in the country's volatile northwest, as well as in efforts to bring an end to the insurgency in Afghanistan.

The U.S. has repeatedly pressed Pakistani officials to release Davis on the grounds that he enjoys the immunity from criminal prosecution given to all diplomats through the Vienna Convention of 1961.

Washington has argued that Davis' immunity was triggered by the U.S. government's notification to the Pakistani government in January 2010 that he was a diplomat being assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad. Once that notification was made, the only action Pakistan could have taken against Davis was to declare him persona non grata and kick him out of the country, according to U.S. officials.

However, Davis has since been released. Not because he is a properly accredited diplomat, but because the Obama Regime decided to pay ransom to the Islamists in Pakistan for his release.

A CIA contractor charged with murdering two Pakistani men was freed Wednesday after the victims' families pardoned him and accepted financial compensation, a resolution viewed by many analysts as the best option to soothe strained relations between the U.S. and Pakistan while minimizing the potential for a volatile reaction from Pakistanis who wanted the American tried and convicted.

Just hours after a trial court judge in Lahore announced Davis' formal indictment on murder charges, Raymond Davis, a 36-year-old American, was on a plane headed for London. Rana Sanaullah, a Punjab provincial law minister, said Davis' release was triggered by the decision of the families of the two Pakistani men to accept diyat, an Islamic tradition included in Pakistani law that permits the heirs of a murder victim to accept financial compensation in exchange for pardoning the accused.

Sanaullah said members of the families of the victims, Faizan Haider and Faheem Shamshad, appeared in court after the indictment was handed down and said they had agreed to pardon Davis. With that decision, the trial court announced his acquittal and paved the way for his swift release.

"They confirmed in court that they forgave Davis after receiving diyat," Sanaullah said. "This right to forgive is given to them by Sharia and Pakistani law, and neither you nor I nor the court can snatch this right from them. They used their right, and the court released him."

And it is clear that the Obama Regime was in on the ransom, as American officials were in the court and quickly had Davis on a flight out of the country:

The terms of the compensation received by the families had not been announced as of early Wednesday evening. Officials with the U.S. Consulate in Lahore were present at Wednesday's court hearing and left with Davis after he was released, Sanaullah said. Officials with the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad could not be reached for comment early Wednesday evening.

It is now clear that Obama must be a Muslim, as his submission to Islamist and Pakistani tribal traditions have superceded international treaties that have been in effect for years. Not to mention the hundreds of years of customary law that granted imunity to diplomats. All this thrown under the bus to promote sharia law and the supremacy of Islam in the world.

This incident could have been easily ended by the U.S. informing the Pakistani government that their holding of Davis was what it was, an act of war. The U.S. could have seized a Pakistani diplomat in retaliation, cut off military and economic aid, stopped issuing immigrant and non-immigrant visas to Pakistanis, canceling all outstanding visas or expelling some or all Pakistani diplomats from the U.S. Anyone of these actions would have forced the Pakistani government to comply with international law, but Obama and Hillary! did nothing to rescue Davis other than submit the United States to Islamic law.


Consul-At-Arms said...

At this point, I suspect that paying Wergeld was the least bad of the various options available.

I've quoted you and linked to you here:

Federale said...

Thanks for the quote.

But I think that the Pakis would have caved if the posts in Pakistan stopped issuing immigrant and non-immigrant visas. Even more likely if any outstanding visas were publically cancelled.