Allow me to be among the citizens of the United States that apologize for something that happened a little while ago that I don't think we westerners thought enough about.

China, I'm really, really sorry that my country bombed your country's embassy.

I don't know WHAT they were thinking. This is one of the most shameful mistakes America has ever made. I think we all need to listen to Jackson Brown's "For America" and wonder where the (word omitted) our global conscience went?

Please accept my apologies, if you are a Chinese citizen, as a citizen of the United States of America. I have no formal power at all, I'm not a dignitary or anything, but I'm a American. And I'm really, really sorry.

I don't have enough information on the latest incident (collision of one of our planes with on e of yours) to understand exactly what happened. But I'm sorry that your pilot died, and I'm sorry our people crash-landed on your shores. Okay, I can understand why you wanted a apology - after all, it's not like we were exactly invited guests. I don't know who's fault it was, but I do know that we should be thanking you for succoring those Americans and returning them to us.

In the meantime, you might consider being kinder to the people within your own borders. Particularly those in Tibet and those who wish to practice religions you do not endorse.

Of course, I can understand if you don't feel I should be advising China on human rights. After all, we are trying to condemn all of humanity to death with our high CO2 emissions, not to mention using more than our share of the energy in general. Kind of makes Tibet look small in comparison, don't it.

Well, anyway, I'm sorry. I'm also sorry we're such energy-guzzling slobs. I can't make my neighbor stop driving his SUV, though I'm working on ways to make my own motion more efficient.

And, as Forest Gump would say, that's all I have to say about that.

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