So, tomorrow is the last day of 2008. I usually wrap up the year with semi-indifference and look forward for a better year after January 1. But 2008 was not an ordinary year and I am not indifferent. Instead, I say 'good riddance' to 2008.
This was a year full of unpleasant events. This was the year when the political system in Armenia finally went down the toilet. In the process, the state murdered 10 people, 80+ people became political prisoners and quite a few others are in exile.
The next big process was the world sinking into an economic crisis. Trillions of dollars in wealth were lost in the US alone, thousands of people have lost and continue to lose their jobs and the picture is about to get even bleaker come February (after the Christmas season retail sales are wrapped up and a few retailers go out of business). Then there was the almost trillion dollar gift to the bankers in the country...
The only good thing to happen was the kicking out of the political dinosaurs out of Washington D.C.
So, what can we look forward to seeing in 2009? I'm afraid I am going to be pessimistic about the upcoming year. The wars will continue to happen and may even escalate. The global economic situation will continue to remain weak. The proverbial poppycock will hit the fan for Armenia with Turkey becoming more intimately involved in the Karabakh issue and the cash flows to Armenia slowing down. The repressions in the country will continue.
Do I see a bright spot? Unfortunately, I don't.