You step on someone’s foot and say excuse me, and that apology is acceptable. For a nation that prides itself on its so-called exceptionalism (what ever that is) to constantly apologizes for its bad behavior in the past shows how unexceptional it is, and hints of downright hypocrisy. It says to the world, you were no different from other nations in your behavior.
Medical experiments on human beings without their knowledge is deplore and wrong. Yet many a nation has conducted such experiments including the United States.
In the 1930s in Alabama, the Federal government allowed medical scientist to inject some poor black men with syphilis so they could study its affects. Of course, once the experiment was revealed, the government apologized. The apology didn’t help any of the men who might have been still alive.
You would’ve thought the United States government would not allow doctors to do such a thing again. Yet, in the 1940s in Guatemala, United States scientist infected prisoners and patients in a mental hospital with syphilis.
I wonder how much the government of Guatemala was paid?
Since the experiment has come to light and the United States involvement, of course our government has apologized.
And of course the director of the National Institutes of Health vows that the knowledge of what happened in Guatemala provides a chance for the government to “redouble” its efforts to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
I believe science can help us solve some of the world’s problems. But experimenting on human beings without their consent, especially those who can’t help themselves or give consent is not just wrong, or ethical, it is evil.