THE EDITOR, Sir:
If Nelson Mandela and F.W. de Klerk, then ANC leader and president of an apartheid-plagued South Africa, respectively, could have brokered - in a peaceful, respectful, productive and diplomatic manner - towards making South Africa a truly free and democratic nation, I see no rational reason why President Obama and Cuba's president, Raul Castro, can't do the same. The time has come for Cuba to work with the US and for the US to work with Cuba, towards moving Cuba from communism to democracy and reaping all the economic and social benefits that such a move would fuel.
If this monumental goal were achieved, via President Barack Obama and President Raul Castro working together, millions of Cubans (in Cuba) and Cuban-Americans would get what they have long yearned for, and the free world would gain a new member and the world would become a more secure place. Both Obama and Castro should follow the golden example set by Mandela and de Klerk. If the aforementioned goal were achieved, like Mandela and de Klerk before them, Obama and Castro would, in all likelihood, become Nobel Peace Prize recipients.
PATRICK A. GALLIMORE