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    Don’t Let the Door…

    Don’t Let the Door…

    K. McCaffrey — One of the things that frustrated me during the height of the Egyptian crisis was that Mubarak looked as if he was getting off scot-free after suppressing freedom in Egypt for so many years. I read an article in Slate about how some of his assets would be frozen or seized, but it still didn’t seem like enough:

    But the Mubarak family itself has reportedly made out handsomely. Estimates of its total wealth reach $80 billion. (All these numbers, of course, should be taken with a grain of salt.) … Due to a recent change in Swiss law, however, if Mubarak has secreted illicit money away in a Swiss bank account, Egyptians just might get some of it back. “I can confirm that Switzerland has frozen possible assets of the former Egyptian president with immediate effect,” a foreign ministry spokesperson told Reuters on Friday. … The change to Swiss law makes it easier for the country to freeze dictators’ assets even if their countries are in disarray.

    Mubarak’s most recent behavior seems to corroborate this. According to the Weekly Standard:

    Unconfirmed reports are circulating that former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak has fallen into a coma in Sharm al-Sheikh. The independent Egyptian daily Al Masry Al Youm‘s English-language website says that Mubarak fainted twice during his final speech Thursday night. The report also seems to confirm long-time speculation that it was Egyptian first lady Suzanne Mubarak who was eager to see her son Gamal succeed as president. “You got me into this, you and your mother,” Mubarak reportedly told Gamal. “You have ruined my history in Egypt.”

    Either way, I sincerely hope Mubarak makes a full recovery. I think it is of the utmost importance that he be tried and imprisoned for perverting the law and will of the Egyptian people for so long. Actions have consequences.


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    Ah, some are defending Mubarak. Well that is interesting.

    So let's see… Mubarak has imprisoned opponent without trial, took "emergency powers" in 1967 and has instated censorship, banned political dissent, legalized imprisonment without trial, tortured prisoner.

    Yes a fine man indeed.

    The argument that he should be left to lead a peaceful life is stupid. Mubarak only resigned to avoid being lynched. If you can be a dictator for 30 years and just take your retirement when things start to get edgy, that's a freebie.

    "Defending Mubarak"? Bullshit. The perfect is the enemy of the good.


    Put it this way:

    He killed his own people
    Imprisoned the opposition
    Stifled democracy
    Suspended the freedom of speech
    Seized property at will
    Opened fire on unarmed protestors

    That fits Ahmadinejad, Chavez and Mubarak. You can't call one a dictator and the other a friend.

    And, not sure how this conversation about revenge got started. Putting a dictator in prison is not revenge, that is justice.

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