The end of the year is generally a good time for reflection. It is a time to take stock of what has been accomplished during the past 12 months and to look forward to what one hopes to achieve over the coming year. In the case of the Arab world, it’s been a dismal year, and the outlook for 2009, regretfully, hardly looks any better.
The region’s leaders have demonstrated complete lack of political foresight. Their inability to place petty quarrels aside, combined with absolute lust for power that takes precedence over national or pan-Arab interests, helped once again to keep the Middle East trailing behind other regions.
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