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Friday, March 11, 2005

Italians forcing Berlusconi to fund jihadists?

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Here we have the case of Giuliana Sgrena, the Italian kidnap victim who was released some days ago and then made the claim that she might have been targeted by American troops on purpose.
So - first she was sent to Iraq by a communist newspaper Il manifesto to report how bad the Americans are. Then she was kidnapped and gathered our sympathy by appearing on tv begging for her life and now she's free and saying how great the kidnappers were and how the American troops might have wanted to kill her. Mission accomplished - Il manifesto got the anti-American report they wanted.
Has she got any rational reason to claim that the Americans intended to kill her? The fact that the US government doesn't negotiate with kidnappers is no news to anyone and doesn't really even imply that the military would be ready to take harsh actions to prevent other governments from negotiating with kidnappers. Also - how would the shooting benefit the military in strategic terms?

It's really too early to make any final conclusions. I'm sure that we all want to hear more from the American troops who were involved in the shooting and if they even knew that the car was carrying the reporter (and contrary to Sgrena's claim - the car had NOT gone through any checkpoints before the shooting). What is sure is that if the Italian government did pay the ransom, they did the wrong thing and sent a wrong message to future kidnappers. Also we have no real reason to believe that Sgrena was targeted on purpose - there's neither evidence nor motive to back up any such claims.

Well now that the kidnappers have gotten their millions they'll surely try to get some more by kidnapping more lying journalists. And if the Italian government did pay these kidnappers they made it clear that one journalist is more important than those many American troops who will die as victims of these jihadists who have been funded by the Italian government.

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