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Thursday, March 24, 2005

But What About the Tube?

While the talking heads on FOX and CNN were freaking out about Terry Schiavo...

"U.S. bars Italians from examining victim’s car"

Hey now.
Associated Press, ROME — The U.S. military command in Iraq has blocked two Italian policemen from examining the car in which an Italian intelligence agent was shot to death in Baghdad, a newspaper said Wednesday.

Corriere della Sera said that the policemen were about to leave when the Italian Embassy in Baghdad received an order from the U.S. command on Monday to abort the mission for security concerns.
Security concerns? They worried about shooting more Italians?
The car, a Toyota Corolla, is reportedly still in American hands, at Baghdad airport where it was originally rented.
SO MANY old school Toyota Corollas on the streets of Los Angeles.
The Foreign Ministry in Rome declined comment on the report, while officials at the Italian Embassy in Baghdad could not immediately be reached. The U.S. military in Baghdad had no immediate comment.

Italian authorities say that examining the vehicle is key to assessing what happened on March 4, when U.S. troops opened fire on the car carrying secret service agent Nicola Calipari, another intelligence officer and journalist Giuliana Sgrena, who had just been released after a month of captivity in Iraq.
Calipari died on the spot, while the other two were wounded.

Prosecutors investigating the shooting have received photographs of the car, but they want to analyze bullet holes and other elements, according to Corriere.

The U.S. military said that the vehicle was speeding and refused to stop, and that a U.S. patrol tried to warn the driver with hand and arm signals, by flashing white lights and firing shots in front of the car and into the car’s engine block.

Berlusconi said the car was traveling slowly at night and stopped immediately when a light was flashed at it, shortly before U.S. troops fired on the car. Foreign Minister Gianfranco Fini said the fire appeared to have hit the right side of the car.

Vowing to shed light on the incident, Washington has ordered an investigation into the shooting, to be led by a U.S. brigadier general with the participation of Italian officials. The joint commission is expected to release its findings by mid-April.
Actually, I have an advance copy of that report...right here.

"While the unfortunate events of March 4 were unfortunate, this office has discovered no evidence to suggest that the event was anything other than unfortunate. War is hell and bad shit happens. Sorry, you guys are shit out of luck. Learn to speak better American and call ahead next time."

More later...


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