Written by: Heba Morgan
24 hours remain until the end of a year that claimed hundreds of thousands
of lives and leave the entire world in the darkness
of terror, anxiety and anticipation, that it is not only the year of the Corona but rather the year of the harvest – or so it seems as
for me – because the disasters that afflicted everyone in 2020 is nothing but the harvest season of their oppression.
Because Innocent people – many years ago – are still drinking from the cup of scourges of cold wars related to
economy and trade, and was hurt from endless conflicts, and now let us recall some of the defining events in human history
that have cast their shadows on the world since the beginning of 2020.
Let’s start with a scene adapted from the movie “Knowing” for
Nicholas Cage, as if it predicts the future, a scene of
the burning of more than a billion animals in the Australian bush fires, and we can say that this incident was the first bad omen
that raised the alarm of the new year, as for the most prominent incident that followed the Australian disaster was the assassination of Qassem Soleimani
by a drone that was flying in an American raid. I remember at the time that the whole world was waiting for World War III
after Iran had threatened America with a retaliatory response that would start the attack on the American bases in Iraq, and
in fact Iran launched two ballistic missiles at two American military bases in Iraq.
And, as a form of indirect retaliation, hidden hands shot down a Ukrainian airliner on Iranian soil, as a result of which
all 176 passengers died, and it is no doubt that this incident was intended to distract Iran from the promised revenge.
Unfortunately, they deceived us by saying that Corona attacked humans in 2020, while
December 2019 had already planted the seeds of the pandemic in Wuhan, China; And because human beings are enemies
of what they do not know, So Chinese officials attacked the legendary doctor, “Won Li Yang,” who
warned the authorities about the
new epidemic, but human stupidity made them ignore his seeks until he died due to Corona in February 2020, to become
the first victims of Corona among the doctors and the first to discover a danger The pandemic, and we cannot
deny that the World Health Organization is also responsible for the pandemic because
it waited until March 11 to declare that
Corona is a global pandemic despite the virus wandering freely across borders since January 2020; And because
the pandemic was a catastrophe that surpasses the plague of antiquity and the Middle Ages; Therefore, the world had
no choice but to hide, close its doors and airports, and wait – in silence – awaiting for their inevitable fate, and
this inevitable fate set the days of 2020 with more than 73 million cases and more than a million deaths around
the world, knowing that USA alone It witnessed the worst side of the pandemic, after the number of Corona victims
on its territory exceeded the number of victims of the Second World War; But at the beginning of this month, the wing of
hope fluttered on the horizon after the approval of several vaccines to confront the pandemic.
And before we turn the pages of the disasters, we cannot forget Hiroshima 2020, which occurred in Beirut
on the afternoon of Tuesday 4 August, specifically in Ward No. 12 of the Port of Beirut after a huge explosion – which occurred
in two stages – resulting in the burning of thousands of tons of ammonia nitrate, leaving behind more than 170 dead, and more than 6,000 others injured.
As for America and Russia, the notable events in it were the poisoning of Alexei Navalny, the opponent
of Russian President Vladimir Putin, after doubts that he was targeted by Russian intelligence agents, and
on the other hand, we find that the most prominent event in 2020 was the victory of Democratic candidate
Joe Biden over his Republican Trump’s rival in The American elections, despite the existence of question marks set by
the “CNN” network, which asked about the role of the network of Internet trolls in Ghana with Russian support, in affecting the American elections 2020.
Now let us leave the tragic events and talk about the most sporting events that drew a smile on the faces of millions, and
let us start with the end of the century that included – for the first time – two teams from one country fighting for the title of
African champion; And as usual, Al-Ahly won the title, and – also – won the Egyptian League and Cup championships, and
Liverpool ended their lean years and won the English League after a 30-year drought, and we cannot forget
the Barcelona scandal after losing to Bayern (8-2) in the Champions League, which It was the biggest defeat
for Barca in 69 years, and in the end, Bayern managed to clinch the Champions League title for the third time in the last four years.
And we must not forget that the year 2020 shook Messi’s confidence in his club, which prompted him to leave Barcelona, and we should not turn the pages of this year,
which left his mark on all of our hearts, except after presenting our wishes for a speedy recovery to Moamen Zakaria, and
bid farewell to the football legend, Maradona.
In conclusion, I can only wish a Happy New Year
to our beloved Egypt, and to all my dear readers in Egypt and
abroad, and I pray that the world learns from the lesson
of 2020 and puts its Conflicts aside to overcome future crises, and
on the personal level I hope that Zamalek will have a year full of victories, and
that 2021 bring happy days -As a simple compensation – to
the whole world for the disasters and tragedies of 2020, and I wish God’s could protect you every year.