So, last Thursday, there was this employee of the U.S. consulate in Lahore, a certain Raymond Davis, driving along minding his own business, when a couple of Pakistani youths on a motorbike pulled up alongside him.
Fearing, with some reason, it seems, that they might steal his mobile phone, car-jack him, or worse, Davis pulled out his (apparently unlicenced) gun and shot them both dead.
He then called for help to the consulate, which duly sent a "quick-reaction team" to his rescue. They never reached him, but, while racing the wrong way down a one-way street, they succeeded in running down and killing an innocent passerby.
Davis was arrested at the scene for murder by Pakistani police.
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Now is this incident emblematic of American participation in Middle-Eastern affairs, or what?
Racing the wrong way down a one-way street.