As the West seeks to atone for its past and create a fairer new world in which power cannot obliterate minority cultures, there remains a glaring problem.  The US and Canada  live on land taken from Native Americans, while former European colonial powers still benefit from wealth gained from the exploitation of other peoples and nations in the past.

Should the West make good its apologies and give back what was taken?  Is there a time limit to historic wrongs, and if so what should it be?  Or is criticism of its history inevitable and  something that comes to all declining empires not so much as a result of its wrongs as its weakening power, and will it  only be drawn to a close when the West has no power left?   

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