We need vision in the desert to find our route back
We have much to learn from another tiny country that has had great adversity, says Marc Coleman
Published 29/05/2011 | 05:00
'YOUR greatest triumphs are still to come... and if they [who disagree] keep on arguing with you, just respond with a simple creed: is féidir linn." As Obama's words rang out last Monday, a thought entered my mind: "Are you watching, Morgan Kelly?"
Actually, Morgan was on my mind for another reason: if he is right, then Obama is not the friend we want to believe him to be. "Yes we can" and "Yes we will" are different statements. And as tempting as the after-glow of Monday is, real friendship is not based on avoiding the truth, but confronting it in the knowledge that the friendship will survive.
Last week I was in a such a country. Like Ireland, it has excellent ties to the US. Unlike Ireland, it knows how to use them. Hours after Obama's speech, its prime minister publicly disagreed with him on a matter of vital importance to that country. And yet the two men remain friends.