What has the New Year brought to the world?Since the beginning of 2005, the Middle East has been facing chronic unrest. The potential for a legitimate Iraqi election by the end of the month is declining. Furthermore, the death toll of American soldiers in Iraq is nearing 1,500, and the civilian body count has surpassed 15,000. The recent tsunami in East Asia has taken almost 160,000 lives, and malaria threatens to take 100,000 more. And how is America reacting?