A Christmas Present from the White House

Pablo CastroA Christmas Present from the White House
by Pablo Castro

The news that US President Barack Obama has announced a new beginning of diplomatic relations with Cuba after more than 50 years is a welcome Christmas present for many. For a few contrarians it comes as another mistake made by the White House; these nay-sayers frankly do not know how to react and can only find excuses, not reasons, to be opposed.

The decision to change policies between the two nations is a great sign that there is hope for peace and understanding between them. It is also an example how world leaders can make a difference and change the course of history for the betterment of the global family. There is much to be gained by this decision and much to be learned by those who fail to give an opportunity to diplomacy, understanding, optimism and hope.

Many families will now have the opportunity to reunite, share and move into the future with a much different outlook on life. The future of many is about to change. The hope for peace is now a reality.

The courage necessary to make decisions like this is remarkable when we realize how powerful opposition and negativism has seemed.  I am encouraged to rediscover that we as humans can actually change for the better. The realization that leaders can find the solutions and work out differences to bring us closer to peace is magnificent.

Could it be that other countries are in the President’s plans?  Crazy thoughts that peace is possible may be “what the doctor ordered”.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,

Pablo Castro,
President, UNA USA SF

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