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:: 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.
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