In the streets, crowds gather to protest oppression by government authorities. The economy, which recently had shown signs of growth, was stumbling. The government itself is weakened by corruption and in the intellectual salons of the capital, socialism is seen as a likely outcome of the unrest. And many of them welcomed its arrival.
It's a rare day when we agree with President Obama, but in this instance we share his sentiment:
President Obama is urging Americans to remember the troops during this holiday season.
"No one sacrifices more to preserve our blessings than our extraordinary men and women in uniform," Obama said in his weekly address.