Is it possible that the Queen thinks she might need the aid of Ireland to fight off an attack from Russia/China?
The Queen does not make political decisions dude, she's a Ceremonial Head of State, with powers, but without the legal power to use them. Although
she does have influence.
Seems like an odd time in history to be making this little gesture. Also I can't help wondering how it can be possible to have a little
handshake between two people and all of a sudden you become best friends?
The handshake is far from little, it shows how far we've come, the timing is because it's her Jubilee year, considering she could not have done this
even 10 years ago makes the timing perfect, it also coincides with last years visit to The Republic of Ireland, which was also pretty historic and
symbolic, I'm no royalist, but I see the significance of these visits and what she represents.
If all she needed to do was shake a hand why wait till now?
And, I might add, why the queen and not someone elected to Parliament?
The Queen 'doesn't do Politics' as it is often said, various British PMs have met for talks with Irish Republicans, and Irish Presidents and Prime
Ministers in the past, this is normal Political goings on, however the Queen is Britain's Head of State and regarded by a some of people in the UK,
especially Loyalist in Northern Ireland, as more important than an MP or PM, so it's a pretty symbolic gesture that someone who represents past
British Imperialism in Ireland can come together with someone who represented the IRA
What is the difference between the royals and the Bush's? If some rich a-hole wants to shake hands with some terrorist they have been fighting
for centuries why does it matter? What binding does it have? Why should it even be news? Is there nothing else going on in the world to keep your
attention than what the Queen did yesterday?
I think its shows that there is hope for a real lasting peace in N. Ireland, even if there a few small factions who don't want it. It is a big deal
for an Irish Republican to Shake hands with a British Monarch, a very big deal.
I know you all just dismiss this kind of Queen bashing or whatever you call it, but being American and seeing how the royals have f'd up
everything they touch in order to make a buck I just can't see the logic in keeping them around at the detriment of all the hard working people who
sacrifice so they can prosper.
I don't like the Royals much myself, infact I'm a British Republican, a dirty word in some circles this year, what with all the Union flag waving
from the past the couple of months, but there I said it :-)
You support your 1% like they are gods. Why not support yourself? Why not make a public statement from the people of UK that you love your
neighbors and want to be friends? Because you don't like them. You never will. If you are both around in 700 years you will still harbor resentment
for the past.
The Irish are great i have no hatred toward them at all, the majority of people of Northern Ireland wanted to stay in the United Kingdom, rightly or
wrongly, what ever your feelings on that are, there were failures in many ways, on all sides which led to the troubles, how ever since the peace
process began we've come a long way and all sides are talking instead of shooting. the People of the UK did stand and say no more violence,
Republican and Loyalist alike in Northern Ireland, making the Paramilitaries obsolete and irrelevant, for the most part, the Majority of People in
the Republic of Ireland didn't want the violence either. Do not believe BBC propaganda when it comes to the Royals though, the BBC can't help
themselves but fall over them with excited glee, whilst the Republic Campaign in The UK is small, there isn't the overwhelming support for the
monarchy that people would have you believe, people are largely indifferent, of course Wills and Kate are popular, but I personally think it's
because of the way our media treat them.