Here you are now. What?

you know, these "didn't stop at the checkpoint" stories

are getting less and less credible

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7089948
Permalink muppet 
March 5th, 2005
Is it possible to have less than zero credibility?
Permalink Aaron F Stanton 
March 5th, 2005
I think the president of Go Daddy blogged about the pressure of being soldiers at war and the kind of unusual decision-making process they are force to work with. He was talking about the soldier who reportedly shot wounded enemies, but this story reminds me of his blog.
Permalink Li-fan Chen 
March 5th, 2005
So what are you alleging, muppet? That soldiers are simply taking potshots at random vehicles? Or that she was deliberately targeted?

Philo
Permalink Philo 
March 5th, 2005
The irony of this story really hit me when I read it today.

Freed after a month in the hands of Iraqi kidnappers and then shot at by US troops. WTF?

While I am deeply sorrowful that someone was killed, I think this incident happening in such a high profile way might perhaps prompt a deeper investigation of the cases where local people have been shot in similar circumstances.

A further update:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/4320961.stm
Permalink Ian Boys 
March 5th, 2005
The only part of the report that didn't make any sense was the statement that 'They fired warning shots into the engine block'.

Now, if someone could explain how such a thing could be a warning and not a complete attempt to stop it and that with the notoriously innaccurate weaponry (these are not snipers on road blocks), firing at the engine block is much the same as firing at the windscreen.
Permalink Simon Lucy 
March 5th, 2005
The news stories I've heard reported that they fired warning shots in front of the car, and *then* into the engine block when it wouldn't stop.

Something tells me that most of the soldiers probably did that, but one or two skipped the warning stepa and went straight for the engine.
Permalink Greg Hurlman 
March 5th, 2005
What I'm alleging, Philo, is that we have a bunch of 19 year old kids over there who don't know what the fuck they're doing, who are all terrified, and who are shooting at every fucking thing that moves.
Permalink muppet 
March 5th, 2005
The propaganda department plays pretty loose with the term "checkpoint" as well.
Permalink Dennis Forbes 
March 5th, 2005
A boomgate or obstacles placed to ensure traffic is slowed constitutes a checkpoint. As the car was going faster than the troops were comfortable with, the driver could not have been aware of any reason to slow. Woops.

Were there an effective barrier, blind freddie would see it and slow down to be inspected - leaving only drunks and bombers likely to approach at speed, and Iraq may actually have so few drunks that you could blaze away at vehicles speeding toward you with a clear conscience.

But what makes this different to any other casual traffic slaughter is possibly, just possibly, the outcome of the investigation Berlusconi has requested during an hour on the phone to Bush.
Permalink trollop 
March 5th, 2005
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