And here on the last day of the year it is customary to gather a few reflections over the state of the world and one's own life.
But you can get that from every newspaper and TV station.
I will finish 2004 by displaying this photo of Ho Chi Minh (which means "Bringer of Light" in Vietnamese) to remind myself that even the most powerful and superior empires can be defeated by strong beliefs and perseverance.
And the message?
"gather ye round"