In seems so incredulous that with hundreds of thousands dead and entire countries torn to bits, Decider George would apologizeÂ for the supposedly unlawful killing of a seller of cigarettes and antiques.
President Bush called Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Thursday to apologize for the shooting death of an Egyptian man by security personnel on a U.S. Navy-contracted ship in the Suez Canal.
According to White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe, Bush pledged the United States would fully investigate the incident, which occurred late Monday. The ship, the Global Patriot, was under a short-term contract with the Navyâ€™s Military Sealift Command and was returning from Kuwait after delivering armored vehicles for U.S.
President Bush expressed his deep regret and sympathies for the incident in the Suez Canal and said the United States would fully investigate this,â€ Johndroe said to reporters aboard Air Force One, according to a White House transcript.
The Navy has said it will provide compensation to the manâ€™s family.
— Stars and Stripes, Mideast Edition, (3/29/08)
Reportedly, two “warning shots” were fired to the approaching boat, but Muhammad Fouad Afifi, 28, wasn’t given much warning as apparently one of the shells killed him.
And how about a big “I’m sorry” to the Iraqis?
At least we know the exact number of U.S. soldiers who have died in Iraq. Early on, the Pentagon decided that Iraqis killed in the war simply would not be counted. Thatâ€™s why there are only estimates of Iraqi dead, estimates that go as high as a million. The idea was that since the goal of helping the Iraqi people was considered a noble one, no one should really care how many of them died in the operation. In the minds of U.S. officials, no price was too high in the number of Iraqi deaths to achieve their goal.
In a fascinating use of language, U.S. military officials are still referring to the Iraqis they kill as â€œterroristsâ€ rather than as â€œinsurgents.â€ For example, according to a front-page article in todayâ€™s New York Times, â€œAmerican forces on Sunday reported killing â€˜12 terroristsâ€™ who had attacked ground troops east of Baquba.â€
But what U.S. officials never explain is why a person who is fighting to rid his country of an illegal foreign occupier (a war of aggression was punished as a war crime at Nuremberg) is a â€œterrorist.â€ I thought that a terrorist was a person who attacked civilian targets for political ends. Since U.S. occupation forces in Iraq are military personnel, not civilians, why are those Iraqis who are trying to oust the occupiers considered â€œterrorists?â€
— Jacob G. Hornberger, The Future of Freddom Foundation, fff.org/blog/jghblog, (3/24/08)
And in the same line of thought, these actions are still going down. No “I’m sorry” here:
Iraqi police said that earlier in the day (Friday) a U.S. warplane strafed a house and killed eight civilians, including two women and one child. They spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to release the information. The U.S. military had no immediate comment on the report and it was not possible to independently verify it.
AP Television News footage showed smoke rising from the home in Basra’s Hananiyah neighborhood where the police said the civilians were killed. Pools of blood and a destroyed pickup truck were seen outside the home hit by the plane.
Sheik Nasir Abdul Hussein in Basra said the strikes came after midnight and were followed by gunmen shooting in the air.
“The thunder of the aircraft frightened children,” he said. “The sound smashed glasses, and the area was lighted by aircraft.”
Iraq’s Health Ministry, which is close to the Sadrist movement, on Saturday reported at least 75 civilians have been killed and at least 500 others injured in a week of clashes and airstrikes in Sadr City and other eastern Baghdad neighborhoods.
The U.S. military sharply disputes the claims, having said that most of those killed were militia members.
— Associated Press, (3/2908)
Since “most of those killed” were militia, then the rest are just footnotes to the bigger plan.
Decider George should apologize to every living creature on the earth.