Sunday, March 13, 2005

The hubris of Giuliana Sgrena

Jack Kelly: PostGazette.com

Kelly picks up a couple great quotes/anecdotes on Sgrena:

Dutch journalist Harald Doornbos rode in the airplane to Baghdad with her. "Be careful not to get kidnapped," Doornbos warned Sgrena. "You don't understand the situation," she responded, according to Doornbos' account last week in Nederlands Dagblad. (Excerpts were translated into English and posted on a Dutch writer's Web blog.) "The Iraqis only kidnap American sympathizers. The enemies of the Americans have nothing to fear."

Sgrena left her hotel the morning of Feb. 4 to interview refugees from Fallujah, the resistance stronghold captured by U.S. Marines in November. The interviews didn't go well. "The refugees ... would not listen to me," she said. "I had in front of me the accurate confirmation of the analysis of what the Iraqi society had become as a result of the war and they would throw their truth in my face."

What group does this sound like?
Sgrena's feelings were hurt that the refugees could be so curt to her: "I who had risked everything, challenging the Italian government who didn't want journalists to reach Iraq and the Americans who don't want our work to be witnessed of what really became of that country with the war and notwithstanding that which they call elections." (Maybe it reads better in Italian, or maybe she just can't write worth a damn.)
Sounds to me like Neo-Socs (Democrat Party of today) to me. But I've come to help you and you won't listen to my truth. Your truth doesn't matter. You are a bunch of ingrates for not embracing my lies!
This is what you get when you play with fire!
She got nabbed on her way back to her hotel. Sgrena told her captors she was on their side, and suggested they kidnap an American soldier instead. But the U.S. government doesn't pay ransoms.
Personally, I'm pretty disgusted with both the Italian government and the Phillippine government. They funding the terrorists who kill Americans and their own countrymen working or deployed to Iraq. I expect this from France but not the other two.


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