Tuesday, January 03, 2006

The good news from 2005

According to most of the MSM, 2005 was a year of disaster. Maybe for them and their political agenda, it was. But for the world in general, 2005 was a good year. Amir Taheri explains why in the New York Post.

TIRED of reading bad news for a whole year? Well, here is some relief: 2005, designated by doomsayers as annus horriblis, drew to a close as one of the best years of the new century so far.

Let us start with the good political news.

The annual report of Freedom House, which measures the advance of liberty across the globe, describes 2005 as the best year since the reports started in 1975. Of the 198 member-states of the United Nations, only eight — Cuba, North Korea, Turkmenistan, Sudan, Uzbekistan, Syria and Libya — experienced setbacks in terms of freedom in 2005. By contrast, 27 nations advanced towards greater freedom — an all-time record.

Good even evolved from the bad news.
The Asian tsunami, which struck five days before 2005 started, claimed many lives. But it also ended the 40-year insurgency that had claimed over 100,000 lives in the Indonesian province of Aceh. By November, according to U.N. reports, more than 60 percent of those affected by the tsunami had been re-housed and helped to return to work, an unprecedented achievement by any standards.

Good also came out of the earthquake that devastated Kashmir. The tragedy forced India and Pakistan to open the cease-fire line for the first time since 1947 and, more importantly, to agree on a framework for resolving an issue that has kept them in conflict for half a century.

Of course, there are people who refuse to see the good happening and who obsess over the bad. Then there are those who refuse to acknowledge the good because it doesn't fit their preconceived political notions. But despite setbacks, overall the world makes progress, as it does in most years.


Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home

Blogarama - The Blog Directory