So here’s an idea that I haven’t seen yet in the blogosphere about the hostage taking of Giuliana Sgrena.
What if the entire episode was just a scam to force the Italian government to financially support the terrorists in Iraq?
I don’t think the Italian government was involved but I do think it likely that Giuliana Sgrena was. She is a communist with a long track-record of anti-American hatred. She was in Iraq in the first place to provide propaganda support for the “insurgency.” Perhaps she simply thought she could help the “insurgency” more by becoming a high-profile hostage than she could as a “journalist.” The “insurgents” are reportedly running out of money. Maybe they convinced her to cooperate with funding their operations.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the Italians paid as much a $6 million dollars to secure her release. What a boon to the terrorists!
Even if Giuliana Sgrena was just a useful idiot, she failed at her stated aim of helping the Iraqi people. The millions paid for her release will pay for more terrorist attacks whose primary victims will be ordinary Iraqis.
Whether due to intent or incompetence, she will in the end kill far more Iraqis than will the most trigger happy American soldier. Had she in fact died at the checkpoint it would have been karmically just.