Grim reality check: A glance around the globe reveals a not-so-rosy picture

This will be a year of disillusionment. But it is better to live in reality than under an illusion.

Abroad, it’s the year the so-called Arab Spring will bear its bitter fruit. Syria’s dictator, Bashar Assad, will surely tumble. A year ago, some utopian fools, mainly in the press gallery and the White House, would have suggested he would be succeeded by some sort of democracy.

That self-delusion isn’t possible anymore after the disasters in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya, where dictatorships were replaced by even worse Islamic fundamentalist parties.