It's funny; I'm a long-time reader, first time poster, but when I saw the news last night regarding President Obama's handshake with President Castro at the Mandela Memorial last night, my very first thought was, "What would EHellions think?" I was surprised there was no thread already created for this!
Putting my own personal political opinions aside, I'm guessing that in EHell terms, the long-standing economic sanctions would probably be a little below the "Cut Direct" in interpersonal relationships. But when both parties found themselves at a neutral event--"hosted" by somebody else--do you feel that etiquette dictates that both parties put their differences aside (if for no other reason than as a sign of respect to the host, and/or the meaning of the event)? Or does initiating (or at least allowing) contact contradict the point of the "Cut Direct"?