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March 10, 2005

Yeah, but how can ya stay mad at the people that gave us Pizza!

From ABCNews:

Disputing Washington's version of events, Italy's premier said that an Italian intelligence agent who was shot to death by U.S. troops in Baghdad had informed the proper authorities that he was heading to the airport with a freed hostage.

Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi also told lawmakers that the car carrying agent Nicola Calipari and a just-liberated hostage was traveling slowly and stopped immediately when a light was flashed at a checkpoint, before U.S. troops fired on the car.

Y'see in order for actual communication to occur, there are three elements required: the source, the message and the destination. The idea that those rescuing Sgrena from her alleged kidnappers had communicated to the Americans at the checkpoint that they were on their way lack those elements. It doesn't matter if the agents told their superiors, if the superiors didn't bother to convey the message to the Americans, does it. Why is that so hard to understand?

There would be a handful of people that are valid witnesses of how fast the car was going. Of course Sgrena is excluded because it's been shown she lies as easily as she breaths. The surviving occupants of the car supposedly say they weren't going fast, but they are now being hidden from the public, and all we have is what someone is telling us one of them (who remains nameless) has said. On the other hand our guys were also there, and they say the car was going fast.

If the Italian government wants us to believe the other occupants, they need to produce them.

Coverage:
Giuliana's Response, Chechnya's Loss” at News Dissector
The Sgrena Case” at Dawson's Danube

Posted by Jack Lewis at March 10, 2005 10:47 AM

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