A new year doesn't change the fact the world is still groaning with the pains of childbirth, waiting on tip toe for its redemption:
An Afghan child looks from a doorway as the shadow of a United States Marine is seen on the wall during an operation in Garmsir district, southern Afghanistan.
If you click the photo to enlarge it, you can see that the boys eyes are filled with fear. But one day, soldiers will beat their swords into plowshares. On that day, there will be no fear.
But until that day, we groan.