Thursday, April 14, 2011

The wrong way to get rid of a dictator

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was abruptly hospitalized Tuesday for heart problems during an investigation over allegations of corruption and violence against protesters, reported state TV. . . .

The 82-year-old Mubarak was deposed Feb. 11 after 18 days of popular protests and has been under house arrest in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh for the last two months. The public prosecutor announced Monday he was under investigation.

Dozens of demonstrators picketed the hospital, denouncing the president and carrying a sign reading "Here is the butcher." They scuffled briefly with supporters of Mubarak amid a massive security presence. . . .

An investigation of Mubarak's son, Gamal, is also underway in Sharm el-Sheikh, the minister added in comments carried by Egypt's state news agency.

The best way to guarantee dictators refuse to resign peacefully is to go after them and their families after they resign.

These actions by Egypt only encourage the violent efforts to maintain power by authoritarians in Libya, Yemen, Syria and the rest of the world.