Friday, March 11, 2005

Lies, damn lies, and changing stories

So who knew what about the Free-Giuliana-Sgrena mission? Seems that the Coalition forces knew next to nothing. That's an egregious failure to inform by the Italians, especially considering that the Coalition's #2 man is an Italian general:
[Two Italian] newspapers cited a report by Gen. Mario Marioli, an Italian who is the coalition forces' second-in-command. The report has been given to Rome prosecutors investigating the killing.

According to the newspapers, Marioli informed U.S. officials that Calipari and the other Italian officer were there, but not that the mission was aimed at releasing Sgrena.

The papers had conflicting versions over how much Marioli knew: Corriere [della Sera] said he knew the Calipari was working to have the hostage released, La Repubblica said he didn't.

And now, Sgrena is claiming that the car she was in did not get shot at from the front, as the soldiers claimed, but from the rear:
"It's not true that they shot into the engine," she told Corriere della Sera, adding that the shooting came "from the right and from behind."

This means one of two things: (1) as Cap'n Ed notes, the car was going so fast it ran the roadblock and the soldiers fired as it zoomed past them; (2) someone else shot at the car.

Communists like to reconfigure history; seems Sgrena got the memo on that. Too bad Nicola Calipari had to give his life to save this deceitful, untruthful enemy of freedom.

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