It’s very difficult to express wishful thinkings for the 2009, particularly if you are watching the new year dawn from this part of the world which is the Middle East. Many Arab countries have cancelled New Year’s celebrations yesterday in solidarity with the Gaza strip. In Syria no live music performances and dances where allowed, in order to retain a sober atmosphere. Other Arab countries, like Lebanon and many places in Egypt for example, just didn’t care and went on with the bookings and parties. What about the West? I am just wondering how this last Palestinian tragedy looks like from Europe, and what the people that watching it on TV channels are feeling. I guess that seeing it from a Middle Eastern perspective, being based here in the Arab Region, should be something really different, even if you still have to watch it through the mediation of the TV screens..