The Ottawa Citizen and Southam News wish to apologize for our apology to Mark Steyn, published Oct. 22. In correcting the incorrect statements about Mr. Steyn published Oct. 15, we incorrectly published the incorrect correction. We accept and regret that our original regrets were unacceptable and we apologize to Mr. Steyn for any distress caused by our previous apology.After all, isn't it often the case in this day and age that we find ourselves having to apologise for our previous apologies, and offer our deep and profound regrets over previously deeply held and profoundly believed regrets? These courageous demonstrations of sorrow over previous courageous demonstrations of sorrow give us all a chance to move on from the deep pain (that our previous moving on from the deep pain it was causing) had caused.
Indeed, there may be some who object to all this apologising over previous apologies: to those people I say, "I could not fail to disagree with you less." And isn't that something we can all disagree upon?