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Is the party over already?

David Horsey,, (The Spokesman-Review)
David Horsey,, (The Spokesman-Review)

Good afternoon, Netizens...

The Summit of the Americas, huh? Today David Horsey's cartoon suggests that everyone was completely happy, that a newfound warmth exists between the United States and countries of South America.

It seems like only yesterday that President Obama was being called all sorts of ungracious names by various members of state of the South American Triumvirate. Chavez, who once called former President George W. Bush the "devil" and who last month dismissed Obama as an "ignoramus" were photographed smiling and clasping hands as if they were bosom buddies. Chavez even walked around the table to hand Obama a copy of "Open Veins of Latin America," a 1971 book by Eduardo Galeano chronicling U.S. and European imperialism in the region.

Now the question is how long will this happy party last before people resume calling each other names again?

Even Conservative voices in South America are making vague sounds as if there might be hope of the United States and South American countries healing the rifts that have held them asunder for decades.

Do you trust this new ambience? Do you think that President Obama's hand being extended to South American countries will be reciprocated?


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