:: Monday, 2 May 2005 ::
Calipari Lost his Life Needlessly
It is not a case of "blame" on a US soldier's "inexperience".
It is a case of:
1. The roadblock was on on a on-ramp at a tight curve without advance warning;
2. The US troops manning the roadblock were meant to have been replaced but had had to remain in place over their allotted time because support was late getting to them;
3. The one soldier who did the shooting was young and had not long completed his training for the role at the roadblock;
4. He fired 51 shots, 11 of wich hit the car and one or two of which killed Calipari.
No punishment for the US soldier? I understand why not. I do not believe he just shot up the car to kill the occupants. I do not want to believe that.
But I do believe this was a needless death.
Who puts a roadblock on an onramp at a tight curve without advance warning of its presence for drivers?
And who leaves in charge of the roadblock just-out-of-training folks who have overstayed their assignment and need to be relieved?
Chalk up a lost life of a good man to another error of the Iraq liberation.
God, this is just awful - all prayers and wishes for Calipari and his family and friends. They have lost a good man when it need not have happened.
:: WB 4:04 pm [link+] ::