OUR OPINION: A tumultuous decade ends
Anyone hoping to see 2009 go out peacefully ought to have known better.
The first decade of the 21st century was synonymous with turmoil.
Would it not be naïve to expect 2010 to roll around and bring an end to the political, economic and natural disasters that have beset the planet?
The 9/11 attacks on American soil. Unprecedented prolonged warfare. An Asian/Indonesian tsunami claiming 230,000 lives. Hurricane Katrina ravaging the Gulf Coast and New Orleans, followed by three more of the most destructive hurricanes on record striking south Louisiana. The near collapse of the world economic system. Global warming.
We began the decade stressing over whether a simple computer programming glitch would usher in the New Year with a collapsed or crippled world communications system.
Few imagined that Y2K would be a non-event, the least of our worries.
The real problems of the decade struck suddenly with little warning. Once here, they don’t want to go away.
The cloud of Al-Qaida terrorism surfaced again with a botched plane-bombing attempt on Christmas Day.
A Nigerian man trained by Al-Qaeda allegedly tried to set off a makeshift bomb on a Northwest Airlines plane en route from the Netherlands to Detroit, only to be thwarted by a passenger who reacted when the bomb malfunctioned.
Reportedly the would-be terrorist bomber carried the bomb in a plastic baggie inside his underwear. He succeeded only in severely burning himself, showcasing old-fashioned American heroism, and revealing to the world how weak Al-Qaeda terrorism has become.
The pathetic bombing attempt showed the world a cowardly and increasingly marginalized terrorist organization failing once again in its long-term goal to demoralize and destroy America’s largely Christian society and its rich history of religious tolerance.
It’s a good way to ring out ten years we would like to forget, and open the door to a new decade we trust will be more likely to bring good things our way.