The hardest word to say

It’s hard to say sorry, but it’s even harder to say you’re sorry for a genocide.

UN Photo: Eskinder Debebe
US Permanent Representative to the UN Samantha Power, centre right, speaks with Russian Representative Vitaly Churkin, centre, back to camera, at the July 8 Security Council meeting that saw Russia veto a resolution that would have described the Srebrenica massacre as "genocide."
Gwynne Dyer
Published: Tuesday, 07/21/2015 3:21 am EDT
Last Updated: Wednesday, 07/22/2015 1:52 pm EDT

It’s hard to say sorry, but it’s even harder to say you’re sorry for a genocide. The word just sticks in the throats of those who should be saying it, as many Turks have been demonstrating for the past 100 years in the case of the Armenians of eastern Anatolia. And many Serbs have just shown themselves to be just as tongue-tied in the case of the Bosnian Muslims slaughtered at Srebrenica.

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