A lot of people are pinning their hopes that the new American President will bring change, especially to the destructive foreign policies initiated by his predecessor. His inauguration speech was no doubt very inspiring, it was like a breath of fresh air listening to it compared to the donkey that inhabited the White House before him. People are focusing on the colour of his skin as the impetus for initiating change but before I throw in full support behind him, I want to see what his actions are.
Already he is talking about closing down Guantanamo Bay and pulling out of Iraq, and these are positive steps indeed. Of special interest to me is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It remains to be seen whether he can resolve the decades-old problem of Israel and its aggression to its neighbours. That is something which no American President has been successful thus far.