See, it's THIS rationale that drives me crazy. If you guys seemed more contrite, I'd totally be fine accepting that we all make mistakes. But it sounds like some of you are contrite not because what you did was wrong, but because it didn't even help.
If you point a gun at a bank teller demanding all her money, only to realize you only got $5, you've still committed bank robbery. Asking for forgiveness only because you were unsuccessful makes your motives doubly corrupt, and it's that that I can't forgive.