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2003-10-09 Iraq
Spanish diplomat killed in Baghdad
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Posted by Steve 2003-10-09 8:53:26 AM|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [276 views since 2007-05-07]  Top

#1 More details, sounds like a kidnapping gone bad:
The plague of postwar violence flared elsewhere in the capital as a Spanish military attache was shot to death after four men, one dressed as a Shiite Muslin cleric, knocked on his door at about 8 a.m., according to a Spanish diplomat in Baghdad who spoke on condition of anonymity.
A school guard opposite the diplomat's home said the men tried to drag him out of his house. He escaped, tried to run away and was shot in the head. The diplomat died at the scene. The Spanish Foreign Ministry identified the dead man as Jose Antonio Bernal Gomez, an air force sergeant attached to Spain's National Intelligence Center.

He was a sergeant, that explains why no bodyguard, not a high enough pay grade. Bastards.
Posted by Steve  2003-10-9 9:10:38 AM||   2003-10-9 9:10:38 AM|| Front Page Top

#2 should've at least been armed - a muslim cleric comes to my door? I open fire through the door, just on G.P.
Posted by Frank G  2003-10-9 9:19:26 AM||   2003-10-9 9:19:26 AM|| Front Page Top

#3 "I open fire through the door"

I have the same policy with Jehovah's Witnesses.
Posted by Steve  2003-10-9 9:58:43 AM||   2003-10-9 9:58:43 AM|| Front Page Top

#4 We have a saying in California: after the really big earthquake hits, Jehovah's Witnesses will be the only ones alive, cuz they're standing in everyone's doorways
Posted by Frank G  2003-10-9 10:10:08 AM||   2003-10-9 10:10:08 AM|| Front Page Top

#5 Was he Spanish for sure? Normally these guys are pretty speedy Arriba! Arriba! Arriba!
Posted by Murat 2003-10-9 10:17:15 AM||   2003-10-9 10:17:15 AM|| Front Page Top

#6 Actually Murat, Speedy Gonzalez was a Mexican mouse, not Spanish. Not to mention a cartoon.
Posted by Kelvin Zero  2003-10-9 11:15:50 AM||   2003-10-9 11:15:50 AM|| Front Page Top

#7 I have the same policy with Jehovah's Witnesses.

Excellent policy. I just trained my dog too attack them. And Mormons after one found my house.
Posted by Charles  2003-10-9 11:47:02 AM||   2003-10-9 11:47:02 AM|| Front Page Top

#8 Does anyone else smell al'Qaeda in these attacks?

Spain has been rounding up al'Qaeda, including their media flackeys. That makes the Spanish ambassador a target for them.

Then there's the car bomb -- shoot the guards and drive into the target? Sounds like the Kenyan(? I think) attack.

Then there's the story from yesterday or the day before about the AQ guy arrested leaving Iraq. Possibly he was the coordinator/trainer, leaving the area before things got too hot?
Posted by Robert Crawford  2003-10-9 12:23:55 PM|| []  2003-10-9 12:23:55 PM|| Front Page Top

#9 Frank--Thanks for the warning! I'll be sure to avoid your house this Halloween! :-)
Posted by Dar  2003-10-9 2:24:05 PM||   2003-10-9 2:24:05 PM|| Front Page Top

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