Monday, July 10, 2006

Rest in Peace, Abeer Qasim Hamza al-Janabi.

I'm sorry. That's all I can really say. I know you can't hear me. I know that your sister and your parents can't hear me either. Neither can the tens of thousands of your fellow Iraqi citizens needlessly, if accidentally, killed by the U.S. military.

But your brothers just might, if the world is small enough. And even though your brothers may end up despising America for the rest of their lives on account of what our soldier did to your family--and perhaps rightfully so--I want them to know that I'm sorry. I apologize on behalf of every American who opposes the continuance of our needless occupation.

I will do my best to make sure that history remembers your name, and you are not forgotten. That is the least I can do to make up for the atrocities and terror that you suffered during the final moments of your young life.

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