I have never subscribed to the view that nations or peoples should apologise for things that happened in the distant past.
In Australia’s case, white settlement and the so-called “stolen generation” are not reasons in my view to formally apologise to Aborigines today. What happened in the past happened in a certain context which was acceptable at the time.
It was interesting therefore to read that descendants of cannibals who killed and ate four Fijian missionaries in 1878 have apologised to Fiji for their forefathers’ actions.
Fiji’s high commissioner to Papua New Guinea accepted the apologies at a reconciliation ceremony near Rabaul in front of thousands of people.
Frankly, I don’t think the apology will mean much to the spirits of the deceased menu items or their descendants.
Where do you draw the line with these types of apologies? Should Denmark apologise for the Vikings raping and pillaging their way through Britain?