Friday, March 04, 2005


I think it's a mistake to draw any conclusions from the tragic shooting of the recently freed Italian journalist and the Italian secret service agent who was accompanying her, other than the obvious fact that in Iraq today you run the risk of getting killed by US soldiers. It's quite possible the soldiers behaved appropriately in that if, as claimed, the car was speeding towards a checkpoint then their actions are perfectly understandable. Or, even if their actions weren't really justified, it's still the kind of shitty mistake which is to be expected to happen more frequently than we'd like. It's a war zone.

And, what can be said about the final act of Nicola Calipari, who by accounts died while acting as a human shield for Giuliana Sgrena.