Happy New Year!
Whether you're a flighty, coked-out, skivvies-optional Hollywood uber-slut or a card-carrying member of the ACLU, you've had a pretty rotten year. Perhaps you divorced your dead-weight husband only to become less popular in the eyes of a fickle public, or maybe your government redefined "torture" to not include things like waterboarding or any kind of torture that doesn't cause permanent physical damage. Either way, 2007 would almost have to be better. Right?
Democracy had a spotty record in 2006, with our experiment in exporting it to the Middle East going into the crapper just at the point where we seemed to finally figure it out over here. Maybe the latter phenomenon will jump start the former, but I wouldn't bet my Social Security check on it.
On a brighter note, 2006 was an extremely bad year for bloodthirsty dictators. In mid-March, Slobodon Milosevic died while standing trial for crimes against humanity in the Hague. Just two weeks later, the former president of Liberia, Charles Taylor, was arrested and now awaits his own trial on war crime charges, slated to begin in April.
December was a perfect storm for three monsters of the 20th Century (four if you really, really hate Gerald Ford). Augusto Pinochet, late of Chile, and Turkmenbashi (nee Saparmurat Niyazov) the "President for Life" of Turkmenistan, both shuffled off this mortal coil last month, as did Saddam Hussein—with a little nudge.
With any luck, this trend will continue into 2007. God knows the Hollywood uber-sluts will.