Saturday, April 18, 2009

Obama shakes Ortega's hand at summit

This is really historic, more so than him shaking Chavez' hand although that's important too. Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua was one of the top people of the Sandinista government that the U.S. spent millions of dollars destroying. The Contras were forces directed against Nicaragua and El Salvador, opposing a socialist government that had already come into being in Nicaragua and the potential of one coming into existence in El Salvador. Now he's not only head of the current government of Nicaragua but Obama has sent a strong signal through shaking his hand. People who are activists with Nicaragua issues tend to think that Ortega has sold out his country through moving his politics substantially to the right of where they were during the Sandinista government, but it's still a historic moment.

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