Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Reflections on 2007 and Hopes for 2008

Happy New Year everyone.

A year has past and we’re on the threshold of a newer one. Personally, 2007, probably like any other year, had its good and bad things. At the beginning of 2007, precisely on January 15, my beloved grandmother passed away, a person who loved me like no one else. I simply don’t understand how she still appears in my dreams almost a year after her passing away.

On my professional level, I moved to Luxor to work as a sales manager. In spite of the fact that I am very bored in this city, I do consider the move to be positive. Living on your own teaches you a lot and meeting a lot of people has also helped my interpersonal skills.

On the political level, I think 2007 was a good year in Iraq. Violence has decreased dramatically, thanks to the Sunni tribal leaders who turned against Al Qaeda. The number of Iraqis and coalition forces killed has decreased even though 2007 was the most deadly year for US soldiers (because of the surge that exposed more troops). Last December, 534 Iraqis were killed, 1,752 were killed during the same month last year. 22 American soldiers were killed in December 07, that’s the second least month since the war started. The least month was February 2004 that witnessed 20 deaths. 112 soldiers were killed in December 2006. (For more numbers check the excellent http://icasualties.org/oif/)

My hope for Iraq is the continuation of this decline in violence and the witnessing of a political agreement between its 3 major segments.

Lebanon, unfortunately, continues to suffer from the evil protracted by Syria and its cohorts. My hope is that in 2008 the Lebanese finally settles on a president, Syria leaves them alone, gioco poker gratispoker no onlinecarte pokertornei poker onlinesexy poker onlinegioco poker online gratissexi poker onlinedownload pokerstrip poker on linestreep poker onlineamerican pokergioco poker per pcfull tilt pokerscommesse on linegiochi streep pokeraces texas holdempoker gioco completodownload gioco poker gratisgioco video poker gratispoker texas holdem gratispoker ittexas holdem online gratisstrip pokergiocare a pokeronline poker gameonline casino pokerstreep poker on linestreet poker onlinegiocare a poker gratispoker texano gratisgiochi poker per pcpoker tournament softwarepoker gratis italianostrep poker on linegioca poker online gratispoker on line italianostrip poker pc gratisdownload poker on linegiochi online di pokergioco poker gratis,gioco poker,gioco carte pokergiochi 7 card stud in linea,giochi seven card stud,7 card studpoker roomspoker per pcpoker multiplayer onlinegioco poker on linegiochi di poker on linepoker giochi scaricareeurobet pokerstreep poker gratis7 card stud online and Lebanon becomes the jewel of the Middle East once again.

Now to the US. The prospect of a women president in the White House excites me but I personally don’t think Clinton is fit for the job. On November 4th, I would like to see John McCain elected. He is the only one with the experience to fill this position. I know McCain doesn’t excite the hardcore Republicans that much, but currently the polls show that he’s the only one capable of defeating Hillary.

Now to Egypt. 2007 didn’t have much for my country. However, I believe the most significant thing that happened are all these protests by the laborers and government employees. I think we’ll see more of these especially if the government decided to mess up with the subsidies.

As for my blogging, I am not sure when I’ll resume full time blogging. So please stay tuned.

May you all have a splendid new year.

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