Monday, March 07, 2005
Unworthy Even Of The SAEN
Left-wing journalist Giuliana Sgrena claimed American soldiers gave no warning before they opened fire and said Sunday she couldn't rule out that they intentionally shot at the car taking her to the Baghdad airport, wounding her and killing the Italian agent who'd just won her freedom after a month in captivity.
Is the SAEN insane? How can they justify printing that type of allegation against U.S. Troops? Apart from having no basis in fact, none whatsoever, anyone who is being intellectually honest with themselves knows that American troops try harder than any other country's soldiers to minimize non-combatant casualties, often at greater risk to their own lives. So why fire on an Italian reporter, left-wing or not? It is only Monday, but I see a front-runner for the "Outrage of the Week" already. Any maybe, just maybe, this space could have been put to better use?
How is reporting this news an outrage? (Buried on Page 8A, I might add) The local paper is not pointing fingers at anyone. The AP story is simply reporting the facts from both sides. This was a sad and disturbing story. I don’t believe that our troops fired intentionally and reading this story doesn’t make me think so either, but it does let me know that this tragic event is stirring up anti-U.S.passions in Italy and elsewhere. Are we supposed to ignore that fact? Should we just stick our fingers in our ears and pretend that the whole world loves us?
I’ve already received an e-mail from my brother-in-law saying he thinks the Italians were set up by the insurgents/terrorists. But if it were up to you I wouldn’t even know what he is talking about because you would have filtered my news to keep me from hearing about anything bad like this happening.