The AP sets its priorities - children dying, news as usual. But reporting the desecration of a Quran and watching a U.S. General BEG for forgiveness - Priceless.
BAGHDAD (AP) - An American soldier used a Quran, the Islamic holy book, for target practice in a predominantly Sunni area west of Baghdad, prompting an apology from the U.S. military, a spokesman said Sunday.
Maj. Gen. Jeffery Hammond responded in the most dhimmi fashion:
"I come before you here seeking your forgiveness. In the most humble manner I look in your eyes today and I say please forgive me and my soldiers."
As if that heartfelt groveling wasn't enough:
The commander also read a letter of apology by the shooter, and another military official kissed a Quran and presented it to the tribal leaders, according to CNN.
Separately, mortar shells slammed into a residential area north of the Iraqi capital, killing at least four people and wounding 30, most children playing outside, officials said Sunday.
But there was no apology for the bloodshed of the children by Islamic insurgents.
Bandaged girls and boys with bloodstained clothes cried as they were packed two to a bed at a hospital in Sadr City, a Shiite stronghold where most of the recent fighting has occurred.
UPDATE: Iraqi leaders refuse to accept the apology. Perhaps the public beheading of the offending soldier would suffice?
the Iraqi Islamic Party -- which said it reacted to the news "with deep resentment and indignation" -- wants the "severest of punishments" for the action to serve as a lesson for the future.
"Such assaults have recurred over the past few years; therefore, the apology alone is no longer sufficient," the party said in a statement. "The U.S. military should take preventative measures considering the feelings of Muslims."
When is America going to grow some balls when it comes to these IslamoFascists?