Apology ‘In the sense’

May 21, 2008

Christians in the land of Islam.
Not only did the holier-than-thou armies of the West invade Iraq, but the religion’s hypocrisy was sucked along with it.
Trapped in an inferno, US GIs perform like the false, twisted logic that put them there.

  • An American sniper has been sent home from Iraq for using a copy of the Koran for target practice at a shooting range near Baghdad, the US military says.
    The Muslim holy book was found riddled with bullet holes last week by Iraqi police, who also discovered offensive graffiti inside its cover.
    A US military spokesman said the soldier had been removed from his unit, sent home, and would be disciplined.
    He was unnamed, but was reportedly a staff sergeant in a sniper section.

    news.bbc.co.uk, (5/18/08)

When is an apology not an apology?

  • BAGHDAD – President Bush has apologized to Iraq’s prime minister for an American sniper’s shooting of a Quran, and the Iraqi government called on U.S. military commanders to educate their soldiers to respect local religious beliefs.
    Bush’s spokeswoman said Tuesday that the president apologized during a video conference Monday with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who told the president that the shooting of Islam’s holy book had disappointed and angered both the Iraqi people and their leaders.
    “He apologized for that in the sense that he said that we take it very seriously,” White House press secretary Dana Perino said. “We are concerned about the reaction. We wanted them to know that the president knew that this was wrong.”

    On Tuesday, Khalaf al-Elyan, a senior Sunni Arab lawmaker, said the sniper must stand trial, preferably in Baghdad.
    “It is a dangerous case. We had been silent and accepted the killing of our sons, the destruction of our homes and the theft of our money, but we do not accept insults to the holy Quran,” he said at a news conference.

    Maj. Gen. Jeffery Hammond, the commander of U.S. forces in Baghdad, met with tribal leaders in Radwaniyah on Sunday to apologize while another American officer kissed a copy of the Quran before presenting it to the chiefs.
    On Monday, the No. 2 U.S. commander in Iraq, Lt. Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, paid visits to al-Maliki as well as Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi and parliament speaker Mahmoud al-Mashhadani, both of whom are Sunni Arabs.

    — Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press Writer, (5/20/08)

Perino gives Decider George such great head.
She has turned into the extreme-best mouthpiece.
Even better than Mouthpiece-Through-The-Asshole Ari Fleischer!

The Iraqis are serious-as-shit about the incident, but the US president, under whose orders that staff sergeant sniper labored, is only sorry “…in the sense…” of how serious the affair could have become, and might still.
One of the worse things that could happen (out of a long, indexed list of worse things) is chaos comes like in Europe last year over that cartoon.
Or the Quran down the toilet routine at Gitmo.

Instead of an apology, a US general kissed Islam’s most holy book.

What pisses, however, as there will never be a Decider George apology to the US peoples:

  • Here’s how the figures add up, just for Americans. The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have thus far produced 300,000 psychological casualties, 320,000 brain injury casualties, plus 35,000 (probably understated) officially reported “normal” casualties. This adds up to 655,000 US casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan, an average of just under 101,000 Americans killed or wounded every year since the wars began. If the idea of 101,000 casualties for every extra year in Iraq and Afghanistan gets out and infects the voting public, imagine the effect on the currently torpid national debate over leaving in five years versus fifteen years!
    — Alexander Cockburn, CounterPunch Diary, counterpunch.org/Cockburn, (5/10-11/08)

Saying ‘I’m sorry’ and then doing something about the injustice, a normal procedure.
Instead, Decider George decides to give up golf.

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