Friday, May 26, 2006

Apologies

1. The Canada National Post, has issued an apology for running the false story that Iran was considering legislation forcing Jews and Christians to wear identifying badges:

"It is now clear the story is not true," National Post editor-in-chief Douglas Kelly wrote in a long editorial on page 2. "We apologize for the mistake and for the consternation it has caused not just National Post readers, but the broader public who read the story."


Does this mean that Amir Taheri, the Iran "expert" who was the source for the story and who stuck to his guns despite being proven a liar, will be out of a job?

2. This one is not so much about an apology, more like making an excuse, but it is noteworthy nonetheless. The U.S. Armed forces has found itself in possession of a few more "bad apples" (yet again!): this time, marines are under investigation for two incidents of murdering innocent iraqi men, women, and children. So a top marine general, Gen. Michael Hagee, has flown to Iraq to give the boys a pep talk, and he also issued a statement which said in part:
"Many of our Marines have been involved in life-or-death combat or have witnessed the loss of their fellow Marines, and the effects of these events can be numbing."

In other words: Please excuse our marines for all that needless killing, it's just that they are really stressed out from all that needless killing. I guess that is the closest thing to an apology that one can expect from a marine general, so I suppose it is better than the usual denials.