When Reuters recently withdrew a doctored photo of Beirut after an Israeli air attack on the city, in which excessive smoke was photo-shopped in to make the damage look worse than it was, the news agency issued the following statement: “Photo editing software was improperly used on this image. A corrected version will immediately follow this advisory. We are sorry for any inconvenience.”

Aw gee, Guys, that’s ok, no biggie. Inconvenience? Well, now that you mention it, this oven is getting a little tight. I don’t think there’s room for more than 10 Jews at a time. But otherwise, no complaints.

I think the following apology would have been a little more apt:

“We are sorry for inflaming world opinion against Jews, helping justify terrorism against them, and increasing the likelihood that Jews will be harmed, killed and/or tortured in this already volatile, worldwide anti-Semitic environment.”

And the following p.s.: “Why are you making such a big deal, anyway? Aren’t you chaps used to it by now? And look on the bright side: You people have been through worse, no?”

I’m reminded of 1998, when Muslims bombed the American embassies in Tanzania and Kenya, and Israeli terror-aftermath experts were on the scene in a heartbeat conducting rescue, relief and investigation — as people with the most experience with it. Yasir Arafat could be heard taking credit: “See? We made them experts! What’s bad?”