Thursday, March 10, 2005

A Colleague's Perspective on Giuliana Sgrena

The following quotes are translated from an article by Harald Doornbos a leftist who has also written for Dutch communist publications. The original article is in Dutch, the translations were posted by the Dutch blog Zacht Ei:
'Be careful not to get kidnapped,' I told the female Italian journalist sitting next to me in the small plane that was headed for Baghdad. 'Oh no,' she said. 'That won't happen. We are siding with the oppressed Iraqi people. No Iraqi would kidnap us.'

It doesn't sound very nice to be critical of a fellow reporter. But Sgrena's attitude is a disgrace for journalism. Or didn't she tell me back in the plane that 'common journalists such as yourself' simply do not support the Iraqi people? 'The Americans are the biggest enemies of mankind,' the three women behind me had told me, for Sgrena travelled to Iraq with two Italian colleagues who hated the Americans as well.

'You don't understand the situation. We are anti-imperialists, anti-capitalists, communists,' they said. The Iraqis only kidnap American sympathizers, the enemies of the Americans have nothing to fear.

But they knew better. When we arrived at Baghdad Airport, I was waiting for a jeep from the American army to come pick me up. I saw one of the Italian women walking around crying. An Iraqi had stolen her computer and television equipment. They were standing outside shivering, waiting for a cab to take them to Baghdad.

With her bias Sgrena did not only jeopardize herself, but due to her behavior a security officer is now dead, and the Italian government (prime minister Berlusconi included) has had to spend millions of euros to save her life. It is to be hoped that Sgrena will decide to have a career change. Propagandist or MP perhaps. But she should give up journalism immediately.
Not much of a surprise to anyone who has followed this story. The really shameful part is that the American MSM continue to refer to Sgrena as a "journalist" without explaining anything about her radical and virulent anti-American background. There have also been no public questions asked about the circumstances of Sgrena's alleged abduction. Was it merely a hoax to generate publicity for Sgrena and Il Manifesto and incidentally enrich her friends in the terrorist underground by some millions of euros? Sgrena's hysterical and illogical assertions about the roadblock incident make that seem more likely every day. Just visit to see how close the ties are between the Iraqi terrorist organizations and communist movements worldwide. Remember who Sgrena works for.

Doornbos' piece begs the question: is Sgrena merely a very stupid person, or was she in collusion with the Iraqi insurgency?

Via The QandO Blog.