Groups want apologies from nations for past atrocities.
Nations want apologies from other nations for insults, real or perceived.
Politicians demand apologies from other politicians or governments for whatever reason.
What are these apologies worth? When your mom made you apologize to your brother for breaking his toy, was there any sincerity in your words? When a president or governor or mayor voices an official apology, does it mean anything?
Dunno. Seems to me as soon as you demand that someone apologize, you’ve cheapened it. An apology should be offered, not coerced (well, OK, making a little kid apologize is a learning experience) and it should be offered only when the offending party is truly sorry.
If I hurt your feelings and you call me on it and demand that I apologize, even if I truly regret whatever I did, can you believe me if you felt you had to require it of me? Again, dunno.
But every time someone in the news demands that someone else apologize, I shake my head. It’s just so much meaningless verbiage.
Do you think this kind of apology means anything?