Demanding Apologies

(Part II of 2 -- from our previous post of February 24th)

Recently, Iran demanded an apology from the US and other western powers in light of a recently released report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that confirmed Iran's compliance with the non-proliferation treaty. The government of Oran not only demanded an apology but compensation for the years of economic sanctions imposed on the country because of the strong suspicion that they were processing weapons grade uranium. What is particularly surprising is that a few officials in Tehran are actually expecting a response. Ironically, the initial reports that began to raise serious questions about Iran's nuclear program (and the government's failure to comply with the NPT inspections regime) were produced by the IAEA -- the UN's proliferation and disarmament watchdog. Ironically, the first intelligence report indicating that Iran's program was not as advanced or threatening as initially believed (and may even have been halted) was American produced by the US National Intelligence Estimate office -- the IAEA's latest report was based on the NIE's findings. If anything, Iran should be thanking Washington and the CIA for producing a report that will lower the chances of the international community imposing sanctions. As far as Iran's apology demands go they will probably be waiting for quite a long time. After all, they are responsible for failing to comply with IAEA mandated inspections and created the crisis in the first place. Ironically, critics of American intelligence estimates prior to the Iraq invasion are now more than willing to accept as absolutely accurate the latest US intelligence estimates that paint Iran as less of a threat. Why the sudden respect for and confidence in US intelligence?

And actor Will Smith demanded and received an apology from the World Entertainment News Ltd (WENN) for a December article claiming that Smith said Hitler "was a good person". The problem was that Smith never uttered those words, so WENN was forced not only to issue an apology but to formally deliver it to London's high court. The company also agreed to pay "unspecified damages", which Smith has promised to donate to charity.