The joint US/Italian commision investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Nicola Calipari, the SISMI agent awared a Gold Medal by the Italian governement for saving the life of journalist Giuiliana Sgrena, has concluded with the complete absolution of US troops and a shifting of the responsibility for the incident onto Nicola Calipari himself.
Guiliana Sgrena’s reaction is sharp and unambiguous:
According to l’Unità, Sgrena also observed:
According to the report, the soldiers at the check-point who fired “are not guilty” because “they applied the rules” given to them.
No doubt they did follow the rules. But what exactly were these rules and how many other human lives have been annihilited because of them?
Also according to l’Unità:
According to La Repubblica, the formalization of the Italian government’s dissenting opinion from the joint commision’s conlusio wil take place tommorow bewteen Ambassor Mel Sembler and a representative of the Italian Foreign Ministry.
The commison’s final report will represent one of the first serious challenges for the newly-installed Berlusconi government to confront after the recent parliamantery crisis and the collapse of the center-right coalition in the regional elections. Popular opinion and the media will almost certainly demanding an independent investigation conducted under the auspices of Italian magistrates in Rome. To what extent such an investigation can be carried out meaningfully without the cooperation of Washington remains to be seen.