A few kudos points at least for Michael ignatieff's apology on Tout le monde en parle this weekend. He finally owned up to his insensitive comments re the Israeli attack on Qana ("I'm not losing sleep [over it]"). From The National Post:
"It was a mistake. I showed a lack of compassion. It was a mistake and when you make a mistake like that, you have to admit it."
A bunch more kudos points for calling a spade a spade, and referring to the attack on Qana as a "war crime":
"I was a professor of human rights, and I am also a professor of the laws of war, and what happened in Qana was a war crime, and I should have said that. That's clear."
Of course, B'nai Brith Canada is already going after him for this, so we will see how long he hangs tough. The latest word is, he will not retract the term "war crime", but Leslie Church, director of communications for the Ignatieff campaign, is starting to wriggle a bit:
"This isn't a deliberation that Michael would make on his feet. There is no way that he would make a pronouncement on international law in this format, and that's not what he's driving at here," Ms. Church said.
"He meant that this was a tragedy of war, that this was a deplorable act in war, that this was a terrible consequence of war."
If Iggy stands fast on this issue, then he still won't be off my shit list, but he will move a couple places towards the bottom of the list. But can he stand fast? Given the Liberal Party Purges this summer over perceived anti-semitism, it is hard to say. Will Warren Kinsella get medieval on Iggy's ass? Will All Heck be raised in the Liberal Blogosphere?
We shalll see.