The convoy was approaching the checkpoint at a "high rate of speed' about 8:55 p.m. yesterday, said Marine Sergeant Salju Thomas by telephone from Baghdad. "It's an extremely threatening act,' Thomas said. "That's the exact same thing that car bombers do.'
March 4, 2005: American forces fire on a car carrying a freed Italian hostage as it approaches a checkpoint in Baghdad, killing an Italian intelligence officer and wounding three others, including the just-released journalist.
April 19, 2004: A correspondent and driver for the U.S.-funded television station Al Iraqiya are shot and killed by U.S. troops.
Sept. 12, 2003: U.S. forces kill eight Iraqi police and a Jordanian security guard in Fallouja. Nine are wounded.
Aug. 17, 2003: A Reuters cameraman is shot and killed while working near U.S.-run Abu Ghraib prison on the outskirts of Baghdad.
April 8, 2003: A cameraman for the Spanish television network Telecinco and a Ukrainian TV cameraman for Reuters are killed when a U.S. tank fires at the Palestine Hotel in Baghdad.
April 6, 2003: A Kurdish translator for the BBC and 17 allied Kurdish fighters are killed in the U.S. bombing of a joint convoy of Kurds and U.S. Special Forces in northern Iraq.
March 31, 2003: American troops kill seven Iraqi women and children and wound two at a checkpoint near Najaf, in south-central Iraq, when their van carrying 13 people fails to stop as ordered.
"there was no bright light, no signal.''
"It wasn't a checkpoint, but a patrol that shot as soon as they lit us up with a spotlight,"
I'm glad that US troops fired on the car carrying the recently-released Giuliana Sgrena.
Why? Well, because with all the suicidal nutbags using ambulances, "Iraqi military" vehicles, and diplomatic cars as car bombs, the troops have every right to take offense to someone who doesn't pay attention to them trying to do a little traffic-and-terrorist control.
With every problem, there's a solution. So, they put up a checkpoint. The driver tried to run through it. Drivers who know what's good for them and their passengers don't run through checkpoints.
So they got shot.
Unlike people who pretend to support our troops, I actually support our troops. And when some Italian behind the wheel of a car decided "Excusa mea! I'ma gonna justa flya trougha this-a checka-pointa!" instead of stopping, well, I think the troops were right to go for the engine block and I support their decision 100%.
If the driver didn't want to get the car shot up and possibly his passengers along with it, then he shouldn't have tried to run the checkpoint.
Let me clue you in to a little Fact Of Life: "Run a well-marked checkpoint with armed troops, get shot."
No, it's not on the Italian driver's exam, but it should be.
1) You are approaching a checkpoint where there are armed troops waving flashlights and firing warning shots over your vehicle.
b) Speed up
c) Immediately make a U-turn and head for the nearest cafe for expresso and gelato
d) Crap your pants
"We deeply regret the loss of life," said spokesman Scott McClellan, at an event with Bush at the University of Notre Dame.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Italian citizen killed and his family. It's a matter that's still under investigation."
Mine aren't. My thoughts are: "Run a well-marked checkpoint with armed troops, get shot."
As for what I'm praying for, well, I'm praying for a bicycle. That's right. God wants me to have a bicycle. With a horn that goes HONK! and baseball cards in the spokes.
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