Bad situation, absolutely yes, but it’s not hopeless – in my opinion, of course.
What makes me optimistic (rather elastic definition of optimism required) is Libya.
They had their own ordeal of similar kind and now it’s not as gloomy as it was predicted.
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Edit: spelling... twice
Edited by Helen of Annoy, 05 January 2013 - 03:07 PM.