Dec 11 2013

 

 

 

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"Neville Chamberlain shook hands with Hitler."

-Senator John McCain

That was the over the top reaction from the Arizona Republican to the mere shaking of hands between President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro. You would think the earth will open up and swallow the entire United States simply because two adversaries shook hands.

Really, Senator McCain?

Can't help but wonder if the President had shook hands with some tin horn military dictator with oil interests if you would be so upset.

There is enough anger in the world today without rudeness. Let's attempt to open historically closed doors. What if that handshake can lead to new relations between the two countries and that openness leads to more personal freedoms in Cuba? What if more leaders would shake hands instead of glaring angrily at each other?

Maybe, just maybe, the world could be a more peaceful place.

President Jimmy Carter had it right when he stated, "I hope it will be an omen for the future."

However, just in case those angry at the President for a mere handshake, they should read the President's remarks at the funeral of Mandela. Words count more than a handshake don't you think?

“Around the world today, men and women are still imprisoned for their political beliefs, and are still persecuted for what they look like, and how they worship, and who they love. That is happening today,”

“And so we, too, must act on behalf of justice. We, too, must act on behalf of peace. There are too many people who happily embrace Madiba’s legacy of racial reconciliation but passionately resist even modest reforms that would challenge chronic poverty and growing inequality. There are too many leaders who claim solidarity with Madiba’s struggle for freedom but do not tolerate dissent from their own people.”