Amazingly, the Universal Transport System was working when we came in last night. God must be rusty on His smiting technique, because they fixed it in one day. Last time there was a major UTS disaster, it took them weeks to fix it. I guess it's back to agnosticism for me.
I talked with some people at work about that shooting incident in Baghdad involving the freed Italian journalist (the freed communist Italian journalist, to be exact). The consensus question was not "why did the Americans shoot a civilian vehicle carrying a journalist" but "why didn't the Italian driver stop at the checkpoint like he was supposed to?" Let's be blunt: The area in which this incident occurred was a very, very dangerous area where numerous car bombings have occurred. If the Italian driver comes speeding up to the checkpoint and doesn't stop, he's the dumbafuoco. Giuliana Sgrena's story is preposterous and inconsistent; she claims that an American tank shot at her and that there were "300-400 shots" fired. Please! If the troops had fired that many shots at the car she was in, she'd be dead as a doornail. And if a tank had fired at the car, they'd have swept her remains up in a dustpan. Sgrena has a long history of spewing anti-American and anti-Western hatred, which is not surprising for a communist writer. She's on the wrong side of history.