Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Let sleeping dogs lie

Rome prosecutors said Wednesday they had sought help from the United States in locating an American soldier believed to have shot an Italian secret service agent at a checkpoint in Iraq last year. The United States, however, has not responded to Italian requests for details of the soldier's identity and hometown, prosecutor Erminio Amelio said. Amelio identified the soldier as Mario Lozano, and said prosecutors planned to charge him in the death of Italian agent Nicola Calipari, who was killed by U.S. gunfire as he was heading to Baghdad airport on March 4 after securing the release of an Italian hostage. Another agent and the freed hostage, journalist Giuliana Sgrena, were wounded. "The U.S. never answered any of our requests. We did not receive any cooperation," Amelio told The Associated Press. "They have never answered, and we don't think they ever will."

Italy should be grateful that the US chose not to pursue the matter: it is in Italy's best interest that the lies of Giuliana Sgrena, the ransom paid by the Italian government, the clumsy secrecy, the shady deals with terrorists that cost the life of Nicola Calipari are forgotten.

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