Before one of the American contributors jumps in, I thought this might be of interest to some readers: This appology has been widely circulating amongst the US military, Neo Cons and Defense contractors here in Iraq. In terms of starting some dialogue off, perhaps some simple questions need to be asked: * Who is Chuck Pitman "appologizing" to here? His comments seem to be addressed to his"fellow americans". I have ( thankfully, yet to see this precious prose in Farsi) * Are the americans capable of any other international dialogue apart from that which at best comes from behind kevlar and oakleys, or more frequently is transmitted in Texan on the Fox Channel, and at worse is transmitted from 32,000 feet without any visual verification?? * Does this sort of rhetoric from a "leader", serve to promote wider understanding between disparate peoples, or merely to retrench existing xenophobia in the people of the worlds greatest superpower?? * What ammunition does Chuck provide "foreign fighters" and their fellow travellers in Al Jazira, when this sort of thing gets into the hands of them and the French liberal press?? Discuss....... I have to close down and move now before the AC130 closes in> What ever happened to gunboat diplomacy??