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Sigh of relief?

Sigh of relief?

There are those who hate to see the skirts of the departing year but do they have a choice other than to look ahead? True, 2018 did, perhaps, bring a few happy tidings but will not leave the pleasantest of memories. It also brought with it plenty of apprehensions. Sadly, much of what was apprehended came true. On the international front, "The Accidental President" remained stuck to his 'Twitterati', the consequences of which have been anything but pleasant. Foreign and internal policies, strong likes and dislikes, praise and abuse have all been made public. Even barks tantamount to nuclear threats have been exchanged. Allies have been distanced and adversaries pleased. Peace has, indeed, been at a premium. No region has been spared. Be it the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the Korean Peninsula and even our Asian continent have been tension-ridden. The ultimate fate of the on and off talks with Pyongyang is hard to predict given Kim Jong Un's latest condition that the US must abide by similar conditions on denuclearisation. From his point, that does not seem unreasonable. But will other nuclear powers be unanimous in disarming themselves? With the beginning of the Trade War, China looks even more threatening. Russia is going full throttle producing it's 'invincible nuclear weapons'. Europe and NATO powers are not in the least amused by being distanced. Brexit has landed Britain in unforeseen troubled waters after the landmark referendum. The tearing up of the Iran deal has left the world divided and unhappy. The nine-year civil war in Syria continues to the good of none. More than a million, civilians mostly, have perished. Survivors have fled far and wide for shelter. Countries not wanting immigrants have turned far Right. Populist, far Right parties have their roots in the Neo-Nazi movement. That, if anything, is a matter of serious concern just as the return of slavery. The world has now to learn to be more civilized. Indeed, the fangs of brute force have been bared. 2018 has, indeed, left plenty of lessons for all to reach out for a peace consensus. 2019 has to be anything but a replica of the year before. We must also ensure that climate change is looked into as if our lives, our very future depend on it. US President has decided not to have anything to do with the Paris Climate Control. Thankfully, signatories from other Nations have stuck by their word as Poland meet proved. Hope, thankfully, is still there. That is what is being looked forward to. After all, in the final analysis, sense and sensibility always prevail over pride and prejudice. That is what must happen for the sake of mankind and the future. And, together, everyone must strive to understand and agree that they live in what is a 'wonderful world'.

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