Let's hope that a year from now we can look back at 1985 and say, "We made it!"
The November solar eclipse triggered some stuff that is still coming down, butnone of it's dangerous. As the year begins, we have the feeling that things are better.There is a lull in domestic battles, and foreign affairs seem to be thawing. President Reagan, basking in success, may be willing to be part of a thaw with the Russians. The economy, better at the end of the year, can bring some complacency, but that won't last very long either.
With the coming of spring, problems arise. There is grave danger in the Central American situation. After some feeble efforts at trucemaking, shooting begins again. Now, however, the weapons will escalate in sophistication and the danger will increase tenfold. More Americans will die and there will be an outcry for military action. Dangerous business! None of our friends will support us.
All of South America will be hit with problems this year. Brazil, Chile and Argentina are on the verge of bankruptcy, and the feeling of "what have we got to lose"enters the picture. Changes of government are more than possible, all unfriendly tothe United States. Fidel Castro becomes more prominent. He will feel that he must make another power play to prove he is still in control, but he is in danger of an assassin's bullet himself.
In Europe, arch-conservatism again rears its head. From race riots in Britain to religious battles in Ireland to terrorism in Poland, unrest walks the Continent. In Spain, look for a neo-Fascist unknown to seize power and try to remove the U.S. presence.
In North America, a dramatic shift of weather patterns will occur in both spring and fall. Human suffering will be great and the material toll high. Look for late-spring ice storms and fall flooding. We'll also have more than the normal number of earthquakes late in the year, even in places that don't think that much about such things. This is also the year for some of our most destructive forest fires.
Late summer and fall will be the time for a deterioration of President Reagan's health. It certainly will lead to a reduction of public activities and more reliance on his advisers.
The most dangerous time will be the summer. The world will need its clearest heads to keep out of war. For the first time in many years, everyone feels threatened. Yet we can survive. Look for the rise of statesmanship from younger, cooler heads. Look for two women from the eastern bloc to come forward and lead in compromise and communication.
Things will ease off by late fall. It won't get much better, but at least we can breathe again.
Fall and winter are the time for announcements of technical breakthroughs. With the use of computers, common seaweed processing will become a cheap reality. Look for a medical annoucement that will make diabetics jump for joy. Look for the announcement of a new laser camera that will take the first practical 3-D photos.
So many good things; all we need to do is get through the summer.