Monday, March 07, 2005


What I find most notable about the Giuliana Sgrena episode is not the singularity of the circumstances (this certainly hasn't been the first innocent victim of trigger-happy US checkpoint troops), nor the claims by Sgrena that she had been targetted for reprisal because of the US opposition to the practice of negotiating with kidnappers in Iraq, but this: that the Italian government (led by the pro-business, friend-of-GW conservative media mogul Berlusconi) worked valiantly to secure the release of a national who was a journalist for a communist newspaper.

Why do I find this notable? Can you picture GW sending the Secret Service to rescue Katie Couric, let alone Amy Goodman (for want of an example of an actual US communist), from kidnappers abroad?


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