Giuliana Sgrena Admits Hostage Hoax

Sir George over at AIR has this from The Times (UK). Several important questions need answering:

But then the report mentioned a message from a group named the Jihad, saying that if Berlusconi did not withdraw Italian troops from Iraq by the next evening, she would be killed. “I believed it, even though my guards told me they didn’t want to kill me,” she says.
If Sgrena was in no danger, why was a ransom paid? Sgrena's hostage takers never threatened her life or safety in any of their public communiques.
One kidnapper told her they had a right to liberate their country. “You’re telling me,” she shot back. “I’ve always said that and I’m not an Iraqi.”
Liberate from whom? From the Italians? Italy has 3,000 troops on the ground in Iraq. If so, isn't encouraging violent opposition to Italian occupation treason?
“If you want to kill me, you might as well do it now . . . In any case it’s easier to kill a woman than to go and fight the Americans in the street.”
Read: Go kill Americans. Nice. I suppose some one is going to tell me about 'legitimate resistance' and yada yada. Of course, 'legitimate resistance' to Sgrena and likes means 'any one opposed to the US anywhere.'
She did suggest that she appeal to the Italian people to demonstrate in favour of a withdrawal of the country’s 3,000 troops. But when the guards filmed her, they told her the film wasn’t dramatic enough. She was a hostage, they insisted, she must be more convincing and ordered her to make a direct appeal to her boyfriend of 25 years, Pier Scolari. For the first time, Sgrena broke down in tears. the film was her idea? Confederate Yankee noticed the day her hostage video was released that she appeared to be directing the film. Now she admits it. Great. Next we'll learn the conversation at hostage headquarters went something like this.
Achmed: We demand 1 million lira for Sgrena's release! (pinky to mouth)

Sgrena: Er, 1 million lira is like $700 U.S. dollars.

Achmed: Oh? Really.....

Sgrena: Yeah........

Achmed: Ok....We demand 1 billion lira! (pinky finger to mouth)


Achmed: What? Too much??.....

Sgrena: That's like $700,000 U.S.




Sgrena: Wouldn't you be able to fund more Iraqi 'Minutemen' to kill the Zionist-Crusader forces with like a trillion lira......???



Achmed:You know we invented the zero, don't you?

Posted by: Rusty at 11:40 AM


1 We knew the Red Liar had to cave eventually. Thanks for your fabulous coverage of this case.

Posted by: Labosseuse at March 14, 2005 11:48 AM

2 Hey Rusty, they didn't even invent zero, they stole it from India.

Posted by: Mr. K at March 14, 2005 12:16 PM

3 Ah yes, true...but isn't that a standard rejoinder???

Posted by: Rusty Shackleford at March 14, 2005 12:18 PM

4 How would they say it. "You know, we invented your numbers" ?? Something like that???

Posted by: Rusty Shackleford at March 14, 2005 12:19 PM

5 All Your Numbers Are Belong to Us!

Posted by: -keith in mtn. view at March 14, 2005 12:40 PM

6 Filthy Allah called this commie Harpy a fake and was rebuked.

Filthy Allah feeling pretty smug. Might have a blt for lunch.

Posted by: Filthy Allah at March 14, 2005 01:04 PM

7 Ham and swiss on a sweet baguette!

Posted by: -keith in mtn. view at March 14, 2005 01:16 PM

8 Mmmm, pork and pork by-products........

Posted by: Rusty Shackleford at March 14, 2005 01:49 PM

9 It's another amazing exclusive like your story yesterday about atomic bomb making instructions.

Or should we say another piece of nonsense. She didnt want to be killed and forged a bond with one of her guards, and that makes her complicit!

No doubt by this time next week your blog will be arguing that she shot herself tomake the US army look bad.

Posted by: sonic at March 14, 2005 01:54 PM

10 Er, whaaaa??? Please see addendum to Saturday's post.

Sgrena admitted to helping her captors produce a propaganda video. She claims it was HER IDEA. She was complicit to a crime in which she is alleged to be the victim. Further, she was never threatened with death. NEVER.

This is a woman who passes on the allegation that the US dropped nuclear weapons in Baghdad in her stories.

Are you stupid or just a self hating American?

Posted by: Rusty Shackleford at March 14, 2005 02:31 PM

11 Rusty- First, the pig is a magical animal. Pork chops, bacon, pulled pork, pork loin, ribs....(drooool).

Second, Sonic is an ass.

Posted by: obsnooks at March 14, 2005 02:39 PM

12 Oooh, nice Simpsons ref.....

Posted by: Rusty Shackleford at March 14, 2005 03:23 PM

13 It's pretty hard to argue Stockholm syndrome in Sgrena's case, considering her sympathies expressed before, during and after the "kidnapping" remain: terrorists good, US bad. Is there a syndrome for people who identify with their captors before they are captured, and who work with their captors while they are captured, and who then extoll the virtues of their captors after they're captured? Sgrena syndrome?

Posted by: tee bee at March 14, 2005 09:26 PM

14 And what do you call someone who is a little resentful at the people who actually shot her?

Oh sorry I forgot, she shot herself to make the US army look bad.

Posted by: sonic at March 14, 2005 09:29 PM

15 PS I loved the theater bit with Sgrena and Achmed. It would be hilarious if it weren't probably so close to the truth. I hope she doesn't leave Pier for him. Maybe they'll work out some "open" relationship-type thing. Cranky Neocon's opera treatment works frightfully well (not to mention the Italian/opera joke that's implicit).

Posted by: tee bee at March 14, 2005 09:30 PM

Nothing is more of a bloody hoax than the war propaganda everyone has eaten like 6th grader boob bait and then asked for seconds.

Dr. Whitehurst has figured the scene out and you're invited (actually mentioned):

Posted by: Collin Baber at March 15, 2005 02:44 AM

17 Yea, sonic is an ass

Posted by: dave at March 15, 2005 10:25 AM

18 I wish the bullet was lodged in Sgrenas' head and not the SS guy.

I agree with Dave..Sonic is an ass.

Posted by: xtremewing at March 15, 2005 11:13 PM

19 I agree with etremewing.Sonic is an ass.

Posted by: greyrooster at March 16, 2005 09:10 PM

20 In conclusion. Does this mean Sonic really is an ass? I hear he takes Preparation H for a headache.

Posted by: greyrooster at March 17, 2005 12:27 PM

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