Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Giuliana Sgrena

Understandably, given that she's Italian, my better half is not entirely happy about the shooting at an impromptu checkpoint of the car taking erstwhile hostage Giuliana Sgrena from her captors to the airport in Iraq, and the death of the Italian secret service agent, Nicola Calipari, in that shooting. She's also not happy about the American reaction: see here for a particularly egregious example. I'm reminded of Hannah Arendt's observation that you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs, but you can break a lot of eggs without making an omelette. Anyway, in the absence of any firm evidence of an actual conspiracy, rather than just routine f*ck-up, I think this is probably the most eloquent thing to be said about the whole incident (again, general internet incompetence prevents actually putting the picture in the post).

Postscript: Brad De Long has an interesting little addendum to the whole discussion...

2 comments:

The other half said...

Whoa. And I thought it was bad when they said their army never deliberately shoots civilians (said by some spokesman or other). Will the U.S. be sending the Calipari family a life-supply of aspirin then? Great cartoon tho - thanks for the post.

Pearsall Helms said...

Rachele, I'd recommend not reading ultra-right blogs like LGF or Free Republic, where the general commentary consensus is 'commie bitch is lying/deserved it'.