“Change means that they should apologize to the Iranian nation and try to make up for their dark background and the crimes they have committed against the Iranian nation,” [Ahmadinejad] said in a speech in the western city of Kermanshah that was broadcast live on Iranian television.
This demand is nothing new. Ahmadinejad has been demanding an apology for months, long before the current turmoil.
So will Obama apologize to Iran, or not? The culture of apology would seem to demand consistency. Obama has started something he cannot logically stop.
UPDATE: Obama says he will not apologize, sort of. The exact quote is as follows, as reportede by AP:
Ahmadinejad told Obama Thursday to “show your repentance” for criticizing Tehran’s response.
“I don’t take Mr. Ahmadinejad’s statements seriously about apologies, particularly given the fact that the United States has gone out of its way not to interfere with the election process in Iran,” Obama responded sternly.