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Two weeks after New York Times syndicated columnist Maureen Dowd (search) ignited a firestorm by using a doctored version of a comment by President Bush, the Sacramento Bee, which published the column, has now issued a correction, saying Dowd "quoted President Bush out of context," which "created the false impression that the president was dismissing the threat posed by Al Qaeda (search) as a whole rather than its members who had been killed or apprehended." The Lufkin Daily News in Texas, meanwhile, has gone a step further, dropping Dowd's column altogether until she "explains to our satisfaction her own ethical transgression." Both The New York Times and Dowd herself have yet to correct themselves or even acknowledge the controversy surrounding the quote.
Investigators looking into pictures developed by a British soldier that allegedly show British troops torturing Iraqi POWs are now trying to determine whether the offense was a one-time violation or part of a much wider pattern of abuse by British forces. London's Daily Telegraph says some pictures developed by 18-year-old private Gary Bartlam, arrested on Wednesday, show a man being suspended high in the air by a rope attached to a forklift while at least one British soldier laughs in the background, and other pictures seem to show Iraqi prisoners being forced to perform sex acts. A senior British defense official calls the pictures "shocking and appalling," adding, "The tragedy of this is that the [British troops] did a fantastic job in Iraq and now that looks as though it is about to be ruined."
She Says U.S. "Deceived" World
As German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder (search) tries to mend relations with the United States, Germany's Development Minister Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul is now blasting the United States for having "deceived" the world into believing the war in Iraq is about weapons of mass destruction and national security. Instead, she insists the war in Iraq is about oil. The Associated Press quotes the development minister as saying she now wants to "help make sure that war never again can become a means for politics or to look after economic interests."