Important Events Yet to Come

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Thursday, December 29, 2005

Important Events Yet to Come

December 29, 2005

2006 is going to be an important year internationally. In the Middle East, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon thinks he can determine Israel’s final borders and that will bring peace. It won’t. Israel’s enemies want it all and will settle for nothing less.

In Iraq, a lot is riding on the elections that have created a new government. But will the Sunni minority coalesce with the Shiites and secularists into one government? Given the history of self-government among Arab and Persian people, I wouldn’t bet on it. And then there is Iran, lead by a despot who denies the holocaust happened and thinks Israel should be wiped off the map. Iran is developing nuclear weapons. Who will stop them and how?

In America, Judge Samuel Alito’s hearings begin next week. Will he be confirmed? The left will do everything it can to make sure he isn’t. But if he is confirmed, will he be all conservatives hope? We can’t say for sure because of the history of Republican appointees who moved left once on the bench. And these are events we know about. The unknown is what’s scary these days.


Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.