"'An Italian agent has been killed by an American bullet -- a tragic demonstration that everything that's happening in Iraq is completely senseless and mad,' he said. 'Nicola Calipari is the person we must thank most for Giuliana's release. Unfortunately, he was killed by American bullets.'"I was speaking with my brother in Rome as this news broke, and his phone started buzzing like mad---I expect he's got an uncomfortably busy weekend at the embassy now.
The whole incident of Sgrena's release is messy. I doubt this will tip the scales for Italy and the US, but it certainly won't add to the good will. Berlusconi has taken a scolding but stable role. So far. Senseless and mad; a good description.