Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Brett Favre of secular dictators

"After 18 days of protest that brought Egypt’s economy to a dead halt, President Hosni Mubarak has finally got the message that he’s no longer welcome to the party. News reports coming out of Egypt this morning confirmed the resignation of Mubarak, now officially the Brett Favre of secular dictators (a poor analogy, I know, but I couldn’t help but compare Mubarak’s press conference to the Lawn Mower’s televised retirement flip-flops). But I diverge. According to U.N. estimates, ousting Mubarak’s regime cost the lives of over 300 Egyptians. Mubarak’s administration has used 'emergency laws' since its inception in 1981 to torture citizens and squelch all political dissent. His policies benefited a select few of the country’s ultra-rich, but left most of the country’s population facing entrenched unemployment and rampant inflation. President Obama is set to address Mubarak’s resignation at 3:00 pm EST."
(Feb. 11, 2011, Anuradha Sawkar, The State Column)

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