Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Shake Those Hands!
Did you ever go to a funeral or a wedding and end up forced into a face to face with that relative you just can't stand? Did you make a scene or just bite your tongue, going through the motions of the usual pleasantries? I have done both, but the latter is what I think President Obama was doing when he briefly shook hands with Raul Castro at the funeral of Nelson Mandela. Cue the right wing freak out.
Frankly I wish it was more than that. Castro and company have, for decades, been able to blame all the failures of their government on the convenient excuse of the U.S. embargo. I'm a stubborn guy, but eventually even I realize when something isn't working. What if we took that excuse away from them?
The beauty of Nelson Mandela was that once free he sought peace with his former oppressors, even when their hands were stained with blood. You can cling to hate, but an eye for an eye leaves the world blind.
I'm not a fan of Fidel or Raul, but I think it's time to put this last relic of the cold war to rest. Indeed, normalizing relations with Cuba may be the best way to FINALLY be rid of them.