So your basic argument is that because we allegedly (and I say allegedly as accusations are without merit) invaded the middle east because of Oil, that means we have to do decades of apologizing? We nuked Japan. Twice. And we never apologized for it. Far from it. Their culture was violent too. Why? Because of their religion, which stated that Japanese were a superior race and their leader was divine. Do you know what we did to their culture, their religion? We forced the emperor to deny his divinity, we passed laws to forbid facist aspects of their religion, and we reformed their culture. That is the reason they are friendly now. Not because we respected their culture and religion, because we danced around politically correct fictions about what they believed, but because we, with overwhelming force, made them friendly... and they are the better for it now. As you point out, they are world competitors, if not leaders in many aspects, in high tech areas.