OpinionMeister

Thursday, April 14, 2005

GIs Cleared in Italian Shooting

The New York Post reports on the results of an investigation. Link.
U.S. military officials told NBC News that a joint American-Italian investigation found the soldiers acted properly in firing on a car bearing a just-freed hostage, journalist Giuliana Sgrena, and an intelligence officer, Nicola Calipari.

The car was about 130 yards from a checkpoint when the soldiers flashed their lights to get it to stop. They fired warning shots when the car was within 90 yards of the checkpoint, but at 65 yards, they used deadly force. Calipari was killed and Sgrena wounded.

It is good that the investigation was a joint American-Italian effort. If the men had been cleared only by a US military investigation, suspicions of a white wash would linger, especially in Italy. The joint effort does not guarantee that this will not happen, but it lessens the odds.

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