Say good bye to 2007 and give a big wet kiss to 2008. We should all have high hopes for the new year. All things are possible, everything is new, fresh and full of possibilities. Well, that's how I like to see it. I wish happiness, health, safety and God's blessings to all my friends. Hubby and I will be celebrating tonight at the 412 Grill, his band Show Time will be playing all night. If you are in the area come join us. Yes, champagne will be involved!
We have so many unsolved problems in the world and we have much work to do. What is your biggest concern for the New Year? What resolutions are you making? What advice for politicians do you have?
From the Friday Lunch Club:
Reza Aslan writes in the WaPo,
Every time I hear about how Sen. Barack Obama is going to "re-brand" America's image in the Middle East, I can't help but think about Jimmy Carter's toast. [snip]
"... The next president will have to try to build a successful, economically viable Palestinian state while protecting the safety and sovereignty of Israel. He or she will have to slowly and responsibly withdraw forces from Iraq without allowing the country to implode. He or she will have to bring Iraq's neighbors, Syria and Iran, to the negotiating table while simultaneously reining in Iran's nuclear ambitions, keeping Syria out of Lebanon, reassuring Washington's Sunni Arab allies that they have not been abandoned, coaxing Russia into becoming part of the solution (rather than part of the problem) in the region, saving an independent and democratic Afghanistan from the resurgent Taliban, preparing for an inevitable succession of leadership in Saudi Arabia, persuading China to play a more constructive role in the Middle East and keeping a nuclear-armed Pakistan from self-destructing in the wake of Benazir Bhutto's assassination..."
(Read more, here)
Yoni the Blogger says:
This makes me so mad, we now see a whole new low in the Palestinians. The new ploy it seems is after they murder you, they will claim it was a business dispute rather than terrorism in an effort to keep Condi Rice happy.
From Elder of Ziyon:
What the news media is refusing to mention is that by Egypt acquiescing to Hamas demands to open Rafah, it is a slap in the face of not only Israel but also of the PA, which nominally is supposed to control the Gaza crossings. By Egypt allowing Hamas to dictate how Rafah operates, Egypt is giving de facto recognition of the Hamas government of Gaza as being legitimate.
And what about American land and who has the right to cross our borders and live here? Illegal aliens continue to flow into the country with little fear of deportation, some kill and injure Americans. Most of the 2008 presidential candidates on both sides are too soft on illegal immigration.
What about all the groups raising funds for terrorists and courts let them off?
Osama's still out there. Osama Bin Laden From the Cave--- Al Qaeda Leader Releases Tape After 75% of Forces Annihilated in Iraq. Osama admits al-Qaeda is losing badly. And Osama promises to attack Israel.
What about Saudi Arabia? Jushua Pundit says:
The Saudis have their own jihad going on, involving the subversion of the west and the radicalization of its Muslims using petrodollars, as well as the new Saudi arrangement with Iran. And if al-Qaeda hadn't attacked them and had been content to respect the established order of things, Osama and the Saudis would still be on quite good terms. (continue reading)
Might we see a vindication of neo-conservative ideas in 2008? See "Preventive Strike? Declaring War on Neoconservative Foreign Policy" at American Power. A comprehensive article.
We have problems around the globe, the Middle East has it's own special problems; then China; Russia; Iran in particular.
I believe the greatest threat we face is Islamic terror AND those who don't understand that threat, whoever they may be.
Turkey arrests five suspected misunderstanders of Islam
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