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But I digress: I apologize for apologizing

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By John Pawlak

I would like to formally apologize for my personal involvement in the mindless destruction of cities and cultures during the slaughter of over 17 million people by the Timurid Empire during the late 14th century.

I also freely admit that I did absolutely nothing and said nothing to stop the atrocities committed during the third Mithridatic War (73-63 B.C.).

I have no excuse and I really do apologize. For any Armenians who survived those massacres, I will gladly compensate them for my involvement. Salt was pretty valuable back then. Would five pounds of salt clean the slate?

Last June, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution to formally apologize for the “fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality and inhumanity of slavery and Jim Crow” segregation. Earlier last year, the Senate apologized for “atrocities and historical mistreatment of Native Americans” and back in the 1980s, Congress apologized for the treatment of Japanese Americans in internment camps during WWII.

Since our elected officials represent the people — all the people — this begs the question, “Who exactly is apologizing to whom?”

Are all citizens of the United States apologizing to all citizens of the United States? Did my representative just tell me that I apologized to myself?


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