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March 8, 2005

Guiliana Sgrena accuses the U.S. military of monumental incompetence

Countless words have already been written about the strange case of Italian Communist journalist Guiliana Sgrena, held for ransom by Islamist thugs in Iraq. Following payment of the ransom by Italian PM Berlusconi, her dash for freedom was rudely cut short at a U.S. military checkpoint.

As the old saying goes, there is some confusion as to what happened next. All parties involved acknowledge the fact that soldiers opened fire on her speeding vehicle. The controversy regards why they opened fire.

Apart from Sgrena herself, virtually nobody expressing opinions about what happened was actually there, but that fact has done nothing to stem the free flow of said opinions. I'm in a bit of a conformist mood at the moment, so I think I'll jump in to the fray.

Sgrena -- a communist, remember, and emphatic opponent of everything America stands for -- accuses the military of deliberately targeting her. Her ideological background alone should cause reasonable people to have reasonable doubts about her claim, but there is another reason to doubt her.

Simply put: Ms. Sgrena, if our guys had wanted you dead, you'd be dead.

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