Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Italian Stupidity Led to Shooting

The Washington Times reports some additional facts. Link.
An internal Pentagon information memo states, "... there is no indication that the Italian security forces made prior arrangements to facilitate the transition to the airport."
The left-leaning Italian newspaper La Repubblica reported yesterday that Mr. Calipari decided not to use available escort protection from the elite commandos who protect Italy's Baghdad embassy.
Instead, he rented an inconspicuous pickup trick to recover Miss Sgrena, wrote La Repubblica's top investigative reporter, Giuseppe D'Avanzo.

Add to that a driver who refused to slow down when approaching a check point specifically set up to check for car bombs, and the result was fairly predictable. The Italians could not have further increased the chances of being shot at if that had been their intension.


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