It is 2006 since the birth of Christ however more than 2560 according to the Persian calendar, more than 2600 according to the Sumerian calendar, and similar or more according to some other ancient calendars.
Millions of years according to the age of the earth and God know for how-long based on the age of the universe.
Years represent a new start or plans for us however the concept of time and its continuity is one process that we tend to divide or separate to achieve certain goals or record a new term. It could be anything like a study or a business or any other term.
For Iraq we wish the 2006 will be a new term for reconstruction, peace, prosperity and stability for its own and the region.
We wish the 2006 is a year of prosperity to all mankind for less war, less poverty, more peaceful and prosperous to every one.
These are just wishes however the predictions based on the ongoing events seem to be different. Like any other year the 2006 will carry good news and bad news. For the Middle East there may be more democratic changes and the downfall of some of the dictator regimes. Relationship may open between Iraq and Israel. A deal may be reached between the USA and Iran for solving the issues towards normalizing the relations.
In Iraq the process of rebuilding will attract many foreign companies to invest and build in various sectors especially the oil. Al-Qaeda will face a major defeated in Iraq making it to shift its operation to some other places. Its leaders including Zarqawi will be either killed or captured.
By calculation of numbers the year 2006 is a good number which means 12 or 8 or 4 or 3 or even the year of Dog by the Chinese calendar!
We wish you all HAPPY 2006.