Geese and ganders, pots and kettles. Muslims seems to like forcing Westerners to apologize for various alleged sins of the past and present. Former Spanish President Jose Maria Aznar says Muslims should apologize for the Islamic occupation of Spain.

Muslims should apologize for occupying Spain for 800 years and a U.N.-backed program to encourage dialogue between them and West is stupid, former Spanish prime minister Jose Maria Aznar has said. Aznar made his comments Friday night in a speech at the Hudson Institute, a thinktank in Washington, D.C., as he discussed Pope Benedict XVI’s recent remarks on Islam and violence.

He has a point. No one invited the Muslims into Spain. No one asked them to replace cathedrals with mosques. It took some bloody warfare to get them out of Spain, and the recovery of Andalusia is among bin Laden’s original grievances.

And to take it farther, if we’re all being fair then Muslims should apologize for conquering the Middle East. And northern Africa. And parts of the former Yugoslavia. And rioting in Paris. Right?

Audio of Aznar’s speech is here.

Update (Allahpundit): The Pope didn’t apologize but he did weave a rich tapestry of platitudes about tolerance and nonviolence in his meeting with Muslim envoys today. One Palestinian imam has a better idea.