THE STORY OF 2020

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Every year on the day of 31 December we celebrate, we spend time with our loved ones and welcome a hopefully bright peaceful new year(at least we think). We did the same in 2019 and as we have already entered 2020 we wish we never had. Little did we know that this year would be full of terrors, deaths and a catastrophic collapse of the social and economical order of the entire world. I am not just talking about SARS-COV-2, a lot of things happened before that. I mean c’mon US-Iran tensions, continuing Australian bush fire, Ukrainian Boeing 737 plane crash, Jakarta flooding, Earthquake in Turkey of 6.7 magnitudes, Kobe Bryant’s tragic death and Covid19 outbreak. All of this happened in just 2 months of 2020.

US- IRAN TENSIONS

Demonstrators burn the U.S. and British flags during a protest against the assassination of the Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, head of the elite Quds Force, and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis who were killed in an air strike in Baghdad airport, in Tehran, Iran January 3, 2020. WANA (West Asia News Agency)/Nazanin Tabatabaee via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.

It was 3 January when US airstrikes killed Iran top General Qasem Soliemani. The world didn’t even emerge from the New Years Celebrations and this stormed everyone. WWIII was trending on twitter and social media and news channels were active. Though the world was divided on this action by the US. Some termed this as “foolish” escalation and some termed it as necessary. Wether this was necessary or not but it did escalate tensions between Iran and the USA. It was apparent as Soleimani was seen as the most effective force fighting Daesh (ISIS), Al Nusrah and Al Qaeda. Iran vowed for “severe revenge” ut USA warned Iran as President Trump tweeted that 52 sites could be targeted if Iran retaliates. On 5 January Iran abandoned the Nuclear deal limits. There was a lot of exchange of words between both countries until 8 January when in early hours Iran launched a series of missiles attacks on two Iraqi bases housing US troops. Iran claimed 22 missiles were launched and on the other hand, the US claimed zero casualties. The US later imposed new sanctions on Iran until Iran “changes its behavior” as stated by the POTUS. All this time the whole world was furious and as the tensions de-escalated the whole world took a sigh of relief. But who knew this was just the beginning ?

AUSTRALIAN BUSH FIRE

Dozens of fires erupted in New south wales, Australia, prompting the government to declare a state of emergency in November 2019. But the situation worsened in 2020, 25.5 million acres of land had burned. At least 33 people died and massive 1 billion animals were estimated dead in Australian fire. Over 1,400 homes were destroyed. This was for sure wrath of environment. Economically, the cost of the bushfires has exceeded $2.6 billion. But as of today, Australia’s bushfire season comes to an end.

UKRANIAN PLANE CRASH

08 January 2020, Iran, Shahedshahr: Debris of an aircraft lay at the scene, where a Ukrainian airplane carrying 176 people crashed on Wednesday shortly after takeoff from Tehran airport, killing all onboard. Photo: Mahmoud Hosseini/dpa (Photo by Mahmoud Hosseini/picture alliance via Getty Images)

In the midst of US-Iran tensions, a Ukrainian plane crashed in Iran. All the 176 passengers on board died. The majority of passengers were from Iran and Canada. Iran initially claimed it was a technical error but 2 days later on January 10, Iran released a statement claiming responsibility for downing the plane. The plane appeared to burst into flames and crashed less than 10 minutes after takeoff. 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians,11 Ukrainians, 11 Swedish, 4 Afghan, and 3 Germans citizens were on board. It was really disturbing because if there was no tensions, no escalation in that region, all those people would have been home with their families. This is a small example of what happens when we have conflict and war. Innocents bear the burnt of it, and it is a reminder of why all of us need to work on de-escalation.

KOBE BRYANT DEATH

I certainly don’t need to introduce this great man, but I will as one of the best basketball player to ever walk on earth. He was not just a great basketball player but a humble and gentle human being who always saw good in people. On an unfortunate day of January 26, Kobe died in a Helicopter crash including his 13 year old daughter Gianna and 7 other people. This was a dark day not only for the sports community but for everyone who knew him or ever saw him play. The late basketball great inspired fans both on and off the court, with his enduring talent for the game and his wisdom about overcoming obstacles. Kobe touched so many people in his 41 years of life. It is sad that we would never know how much he would have done if he would have lived on.

we all can be masters at our craft , but you have to make a choice. What i mean by that is, there are inherent sacrifices that came along with that. Family time, hanging out with friends, being a great friend, being a great son, nephew, whatever the case may be. There are sacrifices that come along with making that decision.

KOBE BRYANT

( NOTE: I haven’t wrote about corona virus in this article, for COVID19, sit tight as i would present a detailed account of the virus so far in the next article)

Every year has ups and downs but this year specifically has only let us down. We are still struggling and I don’t know for how long we have to, we are in the dark right now unaware of what lies ahead of us or what coming days will bring but I know one thing for sure that we will overcome this because we always have, from Spanish Influenza(1918) to two World Wars from the Cold War to Great Depression, to Plague of England from Great Recession(2008). It’s not the first time that the whole world is struggling and probably not the last time too

As I see this year I can’t help but think about these lines and how relevant it is and with these lines i end my article:

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way

Charles Dickens

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