One of the many people in the American Military occupying Iraq, the famous Private England, was convicted (thankfully) recently, and faces ten years in prison for her actions. As I have stated before, I feel that this is too light a punishment, and that all those involved should be perhaps tried in a localish-but-not-owned court (Saudi? Persian?) for their atrocities, recieving their punishment as decided in said country. These are very bad people.. England offers an apology that makes it absolutely clear that she's sorry for all the wrong things, and mixes pitiful excuses into said apology. She:
- Apologies for being in the photos rather than apologises for the events/treatment that the photos cover
- Regrets attacks on "coalition" forces for the photos, again ignoring that the fact that it was not that the photos were made that made people so angry so much as what the photos covered
- Blames her abuse of other human beings on a relationship she had with another military person
On a completely different topic, in a recent lab meeting I noticed how in English, the word "remember" is imprecise. It can be used to ask someone to memorise something (e.g. "remember this") or to recall something (e.g. "can you remember"). This is kind of messy.