It’s not all gloom and doom. The world today is as wonderful of a place as it was decades ago. Today, if you are a middle school student or a middle age adult, you will record today in your memories asyourgoldenpast.You will recall your past as a fond memory, cherishing it every day like that day will never return.
As we celebrate Thanksgiving and look at the beautiful world around us with our family and our friends, we are thankful. However, today for me is no different. I woke up today and turned on my TV to see what was going on in the world. And as always, I saw Syria in civil unrest, I read about Bahrain challenging a false democracy and how Pakistan today is less of an ally than it was a decade ago. So is the world today less safer and more disturbed today? Yes it sure seems like so. However, one and half decade ago it was no different. America was grooming the Taliban against the Russians in Afghanistan, Khomeini was a threat, Reagan, Carter and Clinton were still pushing the Middle-eastbuttonsandyeseverythingwasstillthesame.
What has changed today is – the world focus has changed. America is not the hunter anymore. Nor is America the hunted…yet. China is the hunter and the rest of the world is escaping it vicious grip of money and power. As much as we hate China for their violation of human rights and communist policies, when countries like France and Italy today brush up against bankruptcy, the only one with deep pockets is China. When few weeks ago, U.S stopped all aid to UNESCO to retaliate the Palestine inclusion – I asked myself ‘Really?’. America has cancelled missions to the moon and killed Bin Laden in a conspicuous and questionable manner. I am not surprised that Bin Laden’s timely death was a result of lack of funding rather than lack of reason. U.S is still determined to keep a stronghold in the Middle East. Do you think America would eliminate Bin Laden had it not cost them the bleeding of billion plus each year? If they could afford it, they wouldtothisdatecontinuetoblindlypayPakistanmillionsofdollarseachmonthto fight terrorism and keep the shadow of Bin Laden lurking in the media. Obama’s campaign called it ‘fear mongering’ and promised to bring all troops home yet after coming in to power, Obama ferociously turned his back against his own platform. Then one day the White House staff woke up and said, let’s review what got us into office. And some high ranking White House aide pointed out that if Bin Laden was dead, that will be the high light of his presidency and the troops can how come home with ‘Mission Accomplished’ plastered across all army personnel carriers. And guess what? That will buy the Democrats a second term.
But the world has a new game waiting. Eurozone today shows no sign of recovering from the monetary turmoil. What seemed like a great idea in the pre-euro era has caused friction between European neighbors pointing to the other like fiscally irresponsible cousins. Bin Laden is dead. Saddam is dead. Gaddafiisdead.FidelCastroisalmostdead.Ahmedinejad continues to blabber Western slurs like an ill-behaved middle school child. We will blame it on poor parenting or lack of attention when he was a kid. That said, what do we have on the plate that makes it a threat? Nothing really! All issues now are connected to the money strings.
North America and Europe are equally torn between the troubled Euro and weak Dollar. Canada remains as usual the silent spectator and the Asian Tiger “India” and Asian Dragon “China” both continue to disregard these seemingly disparate issues and move along steadily to become the superpowers of tomorrow. Both countries to date have set themselves in perpetual momentum to prosperity.
So moral of the story – wake up, love thy neighbor (not just his wife), adore your family and be a good person overall. If the laws of attraction work, we can collectively visualize and wish for a brighter tomorrow for all of us and make such a dream come true!