SYDNEY, Australia (CNN) -- The Australian government will apologize Wednedsday for years of "mistreatment" that have inflicted "profound grief, suffering and loss" on the country's Aboriginal people.
A paragraph caught my attention:
Former Prime Minister John Howardrefused to offer an apology, saying the current generation should not be held accountable for past misdeeds. He instead issued a statement of regret. Rudd, who defeated Howard last November, made an apology part of his election campaign.
It almost seems as if it is the "in thing" for governments or groups of people to apologize for actions or things that happened years ago, sometimes even decades ago.
I believe apologies on an individual basis is appropriate and should be done. In certain circumstances, apologies for something on a mass scale (for instance, Germany regarding the Holocaust), can sometimes do good in allowing a society to heal and move forward. There are, however, some groups that seem to never be appeased and always bring up a reminder of the "wrongs".
There is a difference, I think, of keeping things in a historical perspective and groups castigating others in a mean-spirited way. The adage, "Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat history", should be kept in mind but not at the expense of being used as a "weapon" targeted to certain groups.
Thoughts and opinions?