Tutu Urges Obama to Apologize for Iraq

Don't disappoint world after winning election, says ex-archbishop
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Feb 19, 2009 10:37 AM CST
Desmond M. Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of South Africa, gestures while speaking during the closing session of the the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009.   (AP Photo/Keystone/Alessandro Della Bella)
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(Newser) – Desmond Tutu says Barack Obama's election made him want "to jump and dance and shout," and he's encouraging the new president to apologize for the invasion of Iraq. Obama “could easily squander the goodwill that his election generated if he disappoints,” the Nobel Peace Prize winner tells the BBC. “It would be wonderful if the US president could apologize for the US-led invasion of Iraq on behalf of the American people.”