I don’t think anyone can doubt that 2011 was a historic year. An Arab spring, a US financial meltdown and partisan rifts, a UK debt crisis, tumultuous European riots, and a couple of natural disasters in Asia.
One is almost tempted to say that it can’t get any worse, but I wouldn’t dare tempt fate. Things are interesting enough as they are…
As far as Bahrain is concerned, depending on which side of the fence you’re sitting, 2011 was either the year of freedom from repression and discrimination, or a year of unruly and violent riots that frightened and angered peaceful citizens.
Either way, I hope 2012 is a better year for all of us. I hope 2012 ushers in the necessary reforms that will satisfy the people of Bahrain.
I hope 2012 brings more love, compassion, mutual trust and understanding. I hope 2012 will be the year of forgiveness and reconciliation.
I hope 2012 brings the people of Bahrain together, and makes this country stronger and better than it ever was.
Happy New Year.