Politics aside, destroying 100.000 hand crafted Cuban cigars is a crime against humanity. There is no smoke in the world IMO which compares to a good Cuban "chieftain". It just makes me sad.
Upon this tragedy and upon the truly serious ongoing world tragedies like Zimbabwe, Burma, terror, etc; Please let me enclose a piece of John Donne's Meditation No. 17:
"Who casts not up his eye to the sun when it rises? But who takes off his eye from a comet, when that breaks out? who bends not his ear to any bell, which upon any occasion rings? But who can remove it from that bell, which is passing a piece of himself out of this world?
No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.
Neither can we call this a begging of misery, or a borrowing of misery, as though we were not miserable enough of ourselves, but must fetch in more from the next house, in taking upon us the misery of our neighbors. Truly it were an excusable covetousness if we did"
Take care everybody. We all still have a couple of days before x-mas to do a gesture, an act or a little something for the unfortunates. Please do and if possible, involve your children. Chances are it will be a nicer x-mas that way.