I must confess, there's nothing like seeing the softest expression and gentle behaviour from a man who is usually tough. It's even more likely to make me melt if he's in uniform.
All I have to add to this is that I hope 2009 means No fite and just rubs for hoominz too. We might be amazed to find that listening and trying to understand, rather than trying to destroy what we refuse to understand, may find our way through where guns won't.
So, again, in the words of a late 20th century bard:
"...a happy New Year
Let's hope it's a good one
Without any fear -
War is over, if you want it
War is over NOW."