BETTER LATE THAN NEVER

Pearl Harbor is one of US naval bases – located in Oahu on the Hawaiian island. On Sunday, December 7, 1941 (during WWII), naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan suddenly and deliberately attached Pearl Harbor, killing an estimated 2,403 Americans. Recall that America wasn’t in WWII yet, which is why the attack was unwarranted. President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed that day “A date that will live in infamy” – and got Congress to declare full scale war on the Empire of Japan next day.

As part of this ‘full scale war,’ President Harry Truman, on August 6th and 9th respectively, sent the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki packages that will change everything forever. That package was Einstein’s atomic bomb. And it’s been hell in those cities ever since.

75 years later, December 27, 2016 to be precise, Shinzo Abe, Japan’s Prime Minister, visited Pearl Harbor to offer what he called “sincere and everlasting condolences” to the victims of Japan’s unwarranted attack 75 years earlier. Obama was there with him, and graciously received those heartfelt condolences. I was also there to watch him, but on CNN. 😎

You get my point already, right? It’s never too late to apologize. Trust me, better late than never. Mind you, by and large human beings are good people. They want to forgive their offenders; only that they don’t like to dish out forgiveness on a platter of gold. They want you to fly from Japan to Hawaii, and then say you’re sorry, and they really don’t mind that it took you 75 years. I trust you understand what I mean.

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