Wednesday, 27 June 2012

The Handshake of History

Martin McGuinness shook hands today with Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.

Source: BBC Website

Words are important but sometimes, images speak louder. This image signifies a historic landmark event in a relationship long soured my suspicion and bloodshed. 

It is easy in retrospect to say that this meeting was a natural step in the progression of peace in Ireland. But take a step back and look at the image again.

For so many decades, the possibility of seeing such an image was not so much unnatural as it was completely inconceivable.

There are times when the cliches do roll off the tongue and then there are times when, in the great context of history, when even cliches fail to make justice of the situation.

So for once, I'm not going to go into detail about why this image transcends the normal - it really shouldn't be necesary.

All I have to say, quite simply, is wow.

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