Monday, January 01, 2007

2006, Father Time, and Man of the Year

2006 Man of the Year: Bob Barker

Bob Barker announced his retirement this year. Bob Barker was the man who, in the 1970s, made it cool to wear a military uniform again. Post-Vietnam America hadn't quite jumped on to the "I support the troops" bandwagon at that point.

2006 Father Time: Saddam Hussein

The yearly Father Time award goes to someone with stale ideas and stale methods. The world has passed them by, and they just don't get it. It is NOT the most evil person of a given year. That explains why the Butcher of Baghdad follows in the footsteps of Morley Safer and Nick Coleman.

Despite the setbacks in Iraq, is there any dictator in the world who thinks that the ability to manipulate world opinion and taunt a superpower is unlimited? For those who have no moral obstacle to mass murder and oppression of political opponents and minorities, it has now been emphasized that there are consequences. Saddam had stale ideas and stale methods. He is SwanBlog's Father Time 2006.


Blogger Mahan said...

Bravo on both choices, sir. Daytime game shows will never be the same without Mr. Barker, frankly. As for your choice for Father Time, frankly, this should have happened some time ago, but it's always good (to my mind, at least) to see tyrants be convicted and brought to justice by those whom they have oppressed for so long. Too often, the West looks the other way in the name of expediency, and we shudder at the thought of doing something like this ourselves (Had you heard that Human Rights Watch had said they would withhold evidence of Hussein's crimes unless the capital penalty was removed from the equation? An interesting thought to ponder).

January 01, 2007 6:04 PM  

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