Monday, April 25, 2005
Via Zemblan patriot B.K.: Valued commenter FFP informs us that the Vatican has invoked the doctrine of papal infallibility only twice in the history of the church (although this cowboy disagrees). The doctrine of American military infallibility has rather less of a pedigree, but the Pentagon seems to be invoking it on an almost weekly basis:
U.S. investigators have found that American troops who shot dead an Italian agent after he secured the release of an abducted journalist did nothing wrong and will not be disciplined, an Army official said on Monday.The scholars among you may know that there is, in Zembla, a doctrine of kingly infallibility, but we try not to invoke it unless we know we have pulled a really, really egregious boner.
But Italy disagrees with findings in the preliminary report by the U.S. military investigators and has balked at endorsing it, added the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
U.S. troops accidentally killed Italian intelligence officer Nicola Calipari when they opened fire on a car heading for Baghdad airport in which he was escorting Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena, who had just been released . . . .
Italy's government has said the Italians had been driving slowly, received no warning and had advised U.S. authorities of their mission to evacuate Sgrena from Iraq . . . .
Berlusconi announced last month Italy would begin withdrawing its 3,000 troops from Iraq in September. The White House has said Italy's decision to do so was not connected to Calipari's death.