Nur al-Cubicle

A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press. Daily timeline of events in Iraq as collected from stories and dispatches in the French and Italian media: Le Monde (Paris), Il Corriere della Sera (Milan), La Repubblica (Rome), L'Orient-Le Jour (Beirut) and occasionally from El Mundo (Madrid).

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Giuliana Sgrena to join in legal action against US

Giuliana Sgrena has contacted the Gamberini legal firm of Bologna, Italy, to join as an injured party [yeah, literally--Nur] in the ongoing inquest initiated by the Rome Public Prosecutor's Office into the shooting incident following her release in which Italian intelligence officer Nicola Calipari was slain.

Update on Sgrena's health. Drainage continues from Sgrena's wound to her lung as she awaits surgery on an injured shoulder tendon. [La Repubblica]

Update: Wall Street Journal (European Edition) opens a new frontier in petulance.

10:16 WSJ: Paying a ransom is worse than a hail of bullets at a checkpoint. "The most neglected aspect of the Sgrena affair and the death of Nicola Calipari is not the tragic incident at an American checkpoint, but the fact that Italy paid a ransom."

Update: Conspiracy Theory, or, Questioning Your Masters

After Italy paid a ransom for the release of Le Due Simone, a pair of kidnapped humanitarian workers, Dubya likely imparted some fury in Berlusconi's direction. Later Dubya demanded that Berlusconi pony up some combat helicopters and troops for the Sunni Triangle offensives which Berlusconi was forced to refuse due to domestic imperatives. Learning that Berlusconi ransomed Sgrena, Dubya likely felt, like a proper Mafia crime lord, that his captain needed some disciplining and suggested that Italy's hostage negotiator and bagman, Calipari, maybe needed to be taken out to chasten Don Silvio. The embarrassment of losing the hostage and the men on the ground (pimping a story of sloppy communications) would scrub any future Italian attempts at mavericking. [Well I'll be damned if the Wall Street Journal editorial above didn't pimp the sloppy communications story today--Nur]


Blogger Traveller said...

All right!!

6:58 AM  
Blogger The Liberal Avenger said...

My understanding was that she was shot through the shoulder and broke her collarbone. What do you know about the lung injury?

7:15 AM  
Blogger Nur-al-Cubicle said...

Collarbone? That's what the minimizing LGF fanboy apologists say. This is from a Repubblic dispatch on 5 March.

00:25 Paternò: "Giuliana operata per una scheggia al polmone"

Manifesto spokesman Francesco Paternò said Giuliana was operated on to remove a fragment from her lung. The wound was not life-threatening.

I have seen accounts of a lung wound caused by a fragment of a piece of bullet that had passed through Nicola Calipari. Italian press accounts don't mention 'collarbone.'

As we know it was not schrapnel because the troops never aimed at the "engine block" as DoD claimed.

IMHO it is either a piece of exploding bullet like that used by IDF and US forces or a shard of glass propelled into her lung.

I'll look around for more info.

7:55 AM  

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