Former Eqyptian president Mubarak declared dead – updated

As Egyptians rallied in Cairo to protest against a decision by the ruling military council to assume new powers  the country’s former president, Hosni Mubarak, was declared dead.

He’d been sentenced to life imprisonment a few weeks ago for complicity in the killings of protesters during the uprising that ended his 30-year rule.

One dictator has gone but Egyptian’s still face an uncertain political future.

UPDATE: There are now conflicting reports and Reuters is saying that Mubarak is unconscious and on a respirator but not dead.

4 Responses to Former Eqyptian president Mubarak declared dead – updated

  1. Richard says:

    Have always found it interesting that the major powers support dictatorships when it is in their interest, encourage, exploit, ignore human rights and dump when it is no longer in their interests only to pick up on successors. You could argue that the West encourages dictatorships

  2. Andrei says:

    You could argue that the West encourages dictatorships

    Don’t be silly Richard – it may have escaped your attention but the West, led by the USA and NATO has spent the last 11 years, nearly bankrupting itself in the process, trying to establish a Western style parliamentary democracy in Afghanistan – it is now in the process of retreating with its tail between its legs and Afghanistan despite all these efforts and money remains a shit hole, ruled by violence and terror.

    I’ll bet you are one of the nongs engaged in hand wringing over Syria – but if anything were to be done, you’ld be the first to criticize “Western imperialism” for doing it, I’d pick – all the while remaining oblivious to the fact the so called rebels are extremely bad actors who have not a soupcon of interest in democracy – rather they seek to impose their own ghastly dictatorship on the masses and are quite prepared to murder children and wave their corpses before the cameras to lead fools like you by the nose into supporting them.

  3. Richard says:

    Thanks, Andrei, for expanding on my general point except:

    “ll bet you are one of the nongs engaged in hand wringing over Syria – but if anything were to be done, you’ld be the first to criticize “Western imperialism” for doing it, I’d pick – all the while remaining oblivious to the fact the so called rebels are extremely bad actors who have not a soupcon of interest in democracy – rather they seek to impose their own ghastly dictatorship on the masses and are quite prepared to murder children and wave their corpses before the cameras to lead fools like you by the nose into supporting them.”
    a. I am not a nong- whatever that means?
    b.Deplore all actions by the Syrian government and the “actors”
    c. Have a bit of experience in this sort of stuff.
    d. Andrei go and have another tipple of your best

  4. Gravedodger says:

    The ignorant souls who thought the had overturned tyranny in Egypt are only just understanding the simple truth that democracy and the inherent freedom that we believe accompanies it, cannot happen in a Middle East State where Islam dominates, Turkey is the exception that proves it.
    Islam and Democracy are oil and water.
    Just hear the message that 21st century Islam promulgates based on the Quran.
    Over 50% of new borns are female and don’t count, toss in a few unbelievers and Democracy is already in the toilet. Complicate it with subsects, Sunni, Shiia, Wahhabi, or whatever and it is flushed.

    Assad the current is doomed in Syria he just hasn’t seen it yet.
    He will eventually emerge from a hole in the sand as Saddam and Quaddafi did or if he is smart enough he will end his days much nearer Macca and another despot will take his place amidst much celebration in Damascus and business as usual will resume, supported by the clerics, leaving any hope of real democracy struggling for oxygen in the sands.

    Allah’s will is but a cloak and although we in “western democracies” think we have state law to protect our democratic freedoms we have among us those who wearing a similar cloak of right conferred by their religious belief would remove as much of our hard won “freedom” as they see necessary to fit in with their individual and scarier still,collective minority belief system, that has as its base an equal disregard for the basic plank that sustains democracy. The inherent right of an individual to be themself, express themself and live their life as they wish without impinging on the rights of others.
    Offence does not in itself justify interference with that freedom.

    As with the lengthening list of despots such as Murbarak, their legacy will be their atrocious actions to remain in power and precious little contribution to the betterment of the masses.
    Dead, coma, who cares, good riddance.

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