Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity is a greater. Possession pampers the mind; privation trains and strengthens it. Hazlitt The US administration somehow tends to believe that America will remain the worlds sole superpower for several decades. The fact, however, is that it might be isolated, and eventually sidelined in the scheme of things that determine the future course of this planet. Needless to say, USAs decline began when it invaded Iraq on flimsy evidence. That it (Iraq) possessed weapons of mass destruction (WMD), a contention that later proved to be wrong. Without doubt, the US wanted to take control of the Iraqi oil fields. It succeeded and ultimately all the revenues generated by the oil production for the next 30 years will flow into the coffers of the multinational companies in America, unfortunately, depriving the Iraqis of their legitimate right on the riches of their own country. In addition, America has been constantly trying to isolate China. To achieve this purpose, it has taken certain decisions that have adversely affected Pakistan, despite Washingtons claim that our country is a major non-NATO ally in the war on terror. It is unfortunate that after the event of 9/11, the Americans have been using Pakistan to protect their own strategic interests in the region without realising that in the process it has crippled this countrys economy, and has also resulted in a tremendous loss of life and property. Indeed, the increased number of suicide bombings in Pakistans urban areas and against its security forces is a direct fallout of the policies that have been initiated by the US administration in the South Asian region. It must be remembered that Washington has been frequently demanding from the Pakistani authorities to do more in the war against terror, while it has paid little attention to Islamabads legitimate demands and requirements to fight extremism. For example, recently the US/NATO helicopters violated Pakistan's territorial boundaries and attacked two security check posts, which regrettably resulted in the loss of life of several Pakistani security personnel. Consequently, this brazen act of aggression united the civilian and military leadership of the country, who were on the same page when they decided to stop NATO supply trucks from crossing into Afghanistan. At that time, Washington initially tried to use the same old scare tactics. However, it failed and when the stoppage of the supply trucks started to pinch the US/NATO forces hurting their Afghan war effort, several high ranking officials in the American administration apologised and held out assurances of 'good behaviour' in future. But it seems that the same process is being repeated in the Raymond Davis case, in which two innocent Pakistanis were killed near a shopping mall in Lahore. The US has not only overreacted, but has also issued veiled threats to suspend aid and bilateral engagements with Pakistan that has spoiled the case and limited the options available with our political leadership. Meanwhile, the US administration has tried to play on the differences between the Pakistan Peoples Party, or PPP, and the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz), or PML-N, assuming that this would help Washington to get Davis released immediately without undergoing the rigors of prosecution in a court of law. Although the US has claimed diplomatic immunity for the spy, yet the Pakistani Foreign Office, after a complete check of the record available, has denied that he is a diplomat. While this case required a more subtle approach, unfortunately, both Pakistan and the United States seemed to have spoiled the case to an extent where it has now become extremely difficult for either side to offer any concession to the other. At the same time, the US has continued to play dirty by not handing over the vehicle or the driver, who killed another innocent Pakistani, Obaidur Rehman, and is suspected to have fled to the US, to the local police for investigation. Anyway, since the matter is sub judice, it is the responsibility of the federal government to present all the evidence that is available in the court, so that it becomes easy for the judiciary to adjudicate the matter in a fair manner. And for the Americans, instead of using shortcut methods that include intimidation tactics, it will be better if they properly contest Davis case in the court and prove that he had acted in self-defence. That there was no other motive behind the ugly incident that happened in Mozang. However, even then the Americans need to do a lot of explaining to the Government of Pakistan on his conduct against whom it has been established that he was photographing defence related installations on the borders areas between India and Pakistan - an activity that is not allowed by any country. For those who think that perhaps Pakistan has been put in an adverse situation due to the Mozang tragedy must understand that whatever Washington conveys to Islamabad, yet it cannot afford to lose our friendship, especially after what is happening in the Arab world. It is not only on the back foot in Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, but will also have to face the truth when the people in countries, like Algeria, Jordan and some others in the Arab world, come out on the streets to replace the decades-old system of autocracy, which has been installed to serve the American and Israeli interests. Therefore, there are many positives that can be achieved by the Government of Pakistan, besides firmly telling the Obama administration that the case of diplomatic immunity that it claims will be decided by our independent judiciary only after proper evidence is placed before it. Also, the Pakistanis will be best served, if the countrys leadership revisits some of the agreements that were signed by former President General (retd) Pervez Musharraf with the Bush administration. For example, our political leadership can pressurise the US to have a nuclear deal with Pakistan, like the US-India agreement, so that we can solve our energy problems. Next the government will be well within its right to demand easy access to the Western markets for the sale of its goods in order to ease its burden on the balance of payments in future. Simultaneously, it would be in the fitness of things, if the Americans are told firmly that in case they want Pakistan to continue or expand the war on terror, they must respond positively to all the legitimate demands and provide the security forces with the equipment that is essential to win the war as soon as possible. Thus, instead of being cowed down by the Raymond Davis affair, the Pakistani leadership, both civilian and military, should convert this adversity into strength. Hopefully, it will be able to bargain with the American administration on a deal that is more suitable and fair for our nation. The writer is a freelance columnist. Email: