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I can't agree ever more about what John Maxwell noted in his comments on Easter and what it represents:
Such sentiment, though, is not easy to sustain at times as our World is ever so challenging. China recently reported that fully one fifth of China's Soil is polluted with industrial Waste. The IPCC reported on the calamity that is before us if we do not show the courage to change our ways. This is as Iraq's Daily killing fields continue and Syria continues to burn. Although rays of hope continues to exist with the negotiations with Iran on the Nuclear Program, it was undermined by the foolish action of the Iranian Government to name Hamid Aboutalebi as UN Ambassador despite his questionable past during the Hostage Crisis--in addition to his very troubling background in the Security Services and his apparent link to some of the on-going assassinations over the past 34 years. Some of Iran's Neo-Cons have been vibrant supporting Aboutalebi as the US Congress passed a law prohibiting a visa being issued to him. As I write this, one of the witnesses to one of the Terror Operations by the Islamic Republic--Mykonos-- reflects what happened in Berlin over 20 years ago that targeted leaders of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran and reflecting upon the terror network that the Islamic Republic had throughout Europe during the 1980's. As Iran continues its' current transformation, one fundamental challenges of Iran remains is its' profound economic difficulties despite over 600 Billion Dollars having been made on Oil.
As for Egypt, though, it is clear that Sisi will be President. However, what I noted earlier in a "tweet" reflects the reality of Egypt:
There was also an election in Algeria. The current President was re-elected--even though he has been absent since his stroke and voted while on a wheel chair. Although I reviewed reports about some reasonable sense of freedom in Algeria as epitomized by the likes of Kamel Doud with his vibrant columns, Algeria has profound challenges to deal with as the Oil Windfall continues to dissipate with no vision for the day after.
Beyond the Middle East and North Africa, there is India:
Despite all the challenges at hand, the need to be ever so hopeful and have a sense of faith is ever so critical as ever. This is why the thoughts below are ever so important on this Easter Sunday:
The great gift of Easter is hope -
Christian hope which makes us have that confidence in God,
in his ultimate triumph, and in his goodness and love,
which nothing can shake.
- Basil C. Hume
This is what the Lord asks of you: only this,
to act justly, to love tenderly,
and to walk humbly with your God.
- Micah 6:8
Guide our feet into the way of peace.
- Luke 1:79
One who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever.
- Mohandas Gandhi
Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.
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