Giuliana Sgrena to join in legal action against US
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]