Skip to comments.Journalist shooting stirs Italian anger
Posted on 03/05/2005 3:44:09 PM PST by Racehorse
ROME Mar 5, 2005 Italy demanded answers Saturday as former hostage Giuliana Sgrena was taken off a flight from Iraq wrapped in a plaid blanket and hooked to an intravenous drip for a shoulder wound inflicted when American troops fired on a car taking her to the Baghdad airport. The Italian agent who negotiated her freedom was hit and died in her arms.
The shooting at a U.S. checkpoint in Baghdad stoked anti-war sentiment in Italy, where the public was widely opposed to the government's decision to send 3,000 troops to help U.S.-led efforts to secure the country from a violent insurgency. President Bush promised a full investigation.
About 100 demonstrators outside the U.S. Embassy in Rome blocked traffic and one banner read: "USA, war criminals." A few dozen communist demonstrators at the U.S. Consulate in Milan handed out leaflets reading, "Shame on you, Bush."
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"We thought the danger was over after my rescue," she told RAI News 24 television by telephone. "And instead suddenly there was this shooting, we were hit by a spray of fire. I was talking to Nicola
when he leaned over me, probably to defend me, and then he slumped over. That was a truly terrible thing."
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Our troops do not take pot shots.
They should be angry at the driver for provoking our troops into opening up on the vehicle in the first place.
Something happened to cause the soldiers to open fire, so far what do we know besides they had failed to provide knowledge to the soldiers of her passing through, they were in an unmarked car speeding towards the checkpoint and failed to yield when they were warned.
She wasn't worth it.
OpinPundit: "Lets take a closer look at alleged hostage Sgrena Giuliana her quotes and politics."
Yep. Certainly . . . curiously provocative, she is.
What was the Italian "spook" who was killed doing there in the first place?
Negotiating her release.
In any case, the Italians have nearly 3000 troops there, so they are bound to have some intel guys there.
But, they would be familiar with the airport road, and the checkpoints, and used to working with American soldiers, which makes what happened very strange.
If so, I'd say it worked. Here's hoping she enjoys it.
Will she get a Purple Heart for her shrapnel wound? Maybe she and Kerry can swap war stories.
The "Italics"...the "ITALICS"...please tell me you meant to type that..?
And it was with macho Italian bravado that the driver of that vehicle was approaching the US checkpoint at high speed, and showed no evidence of slowing down. At this point, none of the checkpoint soldiers had any idea whether the vehicle was maybe loaded with 500 pounds of TNT, and they took precautionary steps to deter its closer approach. Somebody died and others suffered serious wounds, but playing chicken with military checkpoints is counterproductive.
Iraq is still a very dangerous place, and reckons to remain so for some time to come.
You have been around long to remember the old days when the failure of one poster to close the Italics font would carry that font through subsequent posts until someone closed it. Those people would then announce "Italians off."
I simply reversed it. lol
Yes, I do remember those days...(sigh)...before the liberals and the RINOs moved in...
Stop it. You're killing me. LOL
No. don't stop. Interesting, ominous connections, these are. Fund raisers?
Here's the lead into what traderrob6 asks me to remember:
Italy's adoration of the "two Simonas", the women aid workers abducted in Iraq, began to sour yesterday, as the extent of their sympathy for the Iraqi fight against the allied occupation became clear.
In their first big interviews given since their release in return for a reported $1 million ransom on Tuesday, Simona Pari and Simona Torretta, both 29, gave their backing to insurgents opposing the allied forces.
Having liven in Italy for several years and returning on vacation frequently, the young left-wing fascist are at the bottom of this. They hate American and all we stand for as we defeated their God Communism. Since this reporter was released by the Arabs (after she faulted the US for the Iraq war) how do we know what she was up to? Why did the car not stop when ordered to do so? One does not try to run up on a check point when the evil devils are using car bombs to kill Americans.
When the car was ordered to stop, why didn't it stop?
Typical. A few DOZEN commies and the MSM jumps on it.
Hey, it's war. You ignore the rules, - like not heeding the order to stop - and you pay the price. Nuff said.
As long as they don't try to pin the blame on our American military.
I wish only this disgusting old b*itch had died, just like her terrorist brothers whom she so revered and praised in her Communist rag for 2 years.
It makes my heart sink that such a brave man should die protecting someone so unworthy of his sacrifice. My prayers go out for the family of this fine man. But my most bitter enmity and hopes for a slow and painful recovery go out to this scum of the earth Sgrena, who wrote thousands of words in praise of those who have the blood of our soldiers--and Italian soldiers too--on their hands.
The Italian people should be ashamed of themselves for honoring her in any way. She is a piece of excrement.
"We thought the danger was over after my rescue," she told RAI News 24 television by telephone.
It may be a stretch, but could it be that, thinking the danger was over, they were driving fast and furious like they were already back in Italy?
The Italians are too emotional. Mamma Mia!
Tough sh*t! Speed into a checkpoint and get shot. Seems reasonable to me.
OH they will, bank on that
The Italian journalist is LYING!
It was an established checkpoint. The Italians should have known exactly what to do. There was no reason for them to run the checkpoint. Our men are easily recognizable - and surely the men in the car didn't believe we would stop the woman from being rescued.
When all the stories of the event match - except for the journalist - she will be shown for the liar she is. It was reported when they were bargaining for her that she was against the war .. so that will tell you she didn't have any regard for the American military.
Several lefty blogs which shall remain nameless are already pushing the idea that the military was told to snuff her. You know, Eason Jordan style
Well .. that's another figment of their imagination!
playing chicken with military checkpoints is counterproductiveDarwin award winner.
So why didn't the Italians go get their 'journalist'.
What the hell the Nazis rescued Mussolini!
Without foreknowledge that she was, in fact, a terrorist herself, one might take your comment as being completely insensitive and to a large extent, humanely appalling.
That is..if you like strategic video games.
She was not worth the cost. Take that any way you like.
How does anyone not know this?
And I agree that something happened to cause the soldiers to open fire...it wasn't routine!
P.S. I neither drink nor ingest any funny stuff. lol