The Danish Prime Minister, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, has recently apologizied for Denmark deporting Jews to Nazi-led Germany during World War II. At the same, he urged Russia to say sorry for invading Baltic nations. I don’t know about that. There’s no doubt, USSR wasn’t exactly the most democratic nation in the world, but we might ask ourselves, what would happen to the Baltics and the rest of Europe if USSR wasn’t there to fight Nazis. Anyway, I think that Russia should say something about the period after the WWII, but I also think that all other nations should apologize for (very bad) things they did in the past. What about USA saying sorry for Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs?
- Great Britain’s colonization of India, Africa, Middle East etc.
- USA invasion of Vietnam and death of over 5 mio. people?
- Serbian aggression on Slovenia, Bosnia and Croatia?
- Israeli occupation of Palestine and constant killings and harassment of Palestinians since 1948?
- USA-led coalition invasion of Iraq under faulse resons (WoMD? Please, spare me?!)
- Spanish inquisition and genocide of South American nations (since the Rennesaince)?
- French colonization of North Africa, North America?
- Portuguese and Duch colonizations etc.?
- you name it!
Phew, I believe there are many “sorries” to be said. Seriously, I believe there are only Germans who are good at self-purification and saying sorry. We all should tell poor Germans, that they have done enough of saying sorry and feeling guilty for the Nazi politics in 1930’s and 1940’s. It really IS enough. Let the nation go on! But what about other nations? There is a lot to be done, but the world is so unfair – if you don’t get defeated (REALLY defeated=occupied), you don’t have to say sorry!