Exactly 10 days ago, a fleeting bit of news made a short pitstop in some national publications. An FBI agent was arrested in Karachi airport for carrying 15 bullets, three knives and a wrench in his luggage on board a civilian flight. His bail was later set at $10,000 and he was never heard from again. No paper pursued the story. A statement released by the US State Department made no apologies, and said the agent had mistakenly put the ammunition in his bag. The episode was allowed to die suddenly and quietly because the charge against the agent was not serious enough to pursue. But hang on. Lets analyse this a moment longer. Why aren’t we asking the fundamental questions here? First, what was Joel Cox doing in Pakistan? What was an agent for the FBI, an agency that operates within the United States to deal with federal crime and internal intelligence, doing on Pakistani soil? Second, how does anyone these days, let alone a federal agent, “forget” to take knives and ammo out of his luggage before getting on a civilian plane? Third, why are we ignoring patterns? This episode was not a one-off, even if the specific offense Coel was arrested for was deemed minor. It is obvious that nobody wanted to delve too deep into the incident and further strain relations with the United States, and nobody wanted the public especially, to go around getting their Raymond Davis memories refreshed, and getting riled up. But the important questions should have been asked, at least until some basic clarifications were made. Where is Joel Cox now? How soon did he leave the country? Will he face any real consequences for violating federal law in Pakistan? Why did he have weapons on him? And why didn’t any of us make more of a fuss? One can only imagine the repercussions of being caught in the middle of homeland security with anything much sharper than a pair of tweezers in one’s luggage. So why should nobody investigate, and why should the State Department’s explanation be acceptable, or enough?