16 October 2011

Hosni Mubarak

Thirty years ago this week, Hosni Mubarak became the president of Egypt.  Specifically, he assumed the office on October 14, 1981, after the assassination of Anwar el Sadat.

Of course, Mubarak didn't quite make it this year to his 30th anniversary in office. He is on trial on charges of the murder of peaceful protestors during the "Arab spring."

Further, the new government of Egypt is looking into an accusation that Mubarak was complicit in Sadat's death. I don't know what to think about that accusation.  It might be akin to the various horrible crimes that were attributed to Richard III during the Tudor era. The worse Richard III came to look, hump-backed and all, the better were the Tudors for having delivered England from such a misfigured tyrant.

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