A year end review is redundant. We were there, we know what happened, now lets move on. There were four major events of the last year that will have a huge impact on the immediate future and I would like to focus on that instead of simply repeating history. It is interesting that all four happened just very recently.
1. B. Obama became the president elect of the USA. A big story? Yes. But with the expectations so very, very high, it will be intriguing to see how it plays out. Will we really see the change that he promised and indeed was the cornerstone of his campaign? Or will his hands be tied by the cabinet he has chosen, the political realities of the day, and the economy he has inherited?
2. The attempted 'coup' in Ottawa in December. How will this flavour the politics of our land in the months to come? Will there be a conciliatory mood, or will there be pushing and shoving until another election is called? How will the new Liberal leader conduct himself. Will he become the leader the Liberals have been lacking for so long now, or will he also find disfavour and throw the party into even worse turmoil?
3. The continued spiralling downward of the world economy. We know it will get worse before it gets better, but how long and how deep will it infect our lives?
4. The recent air strikes against Gaza. Will world opinion continue to be against Israel? Will there ever be peace in that part of the world? Will Obama be able to use his influence to help those nations come to a lasting truce?
These are the four major history making events of the year. I would disappoint you readers if I did not have an opinion on each of these. Right? But that is for tomorrow.
Have a good time seeing in the New Year, but remember, all things in moderation. (except chocolate consumption)