Had the following published over at New Matilda.
The Egyptian Parliament has been dissolved and security forces are back in the streets – signs that Mubarak’s regime is making a comeback even as the old dictator’s health is reportedly failing, writes Austin Mackell
Watching the internet light up following official claims that Mubarak was “clinically dead“, it was impossible not to think of the classic Simpsons double episode Who Shot Mr Burns. Near the start of the second episode Springfield’s anchorman Kent Brockman tells us “Burns was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. He was then moved to better hospital, where doctors upgraded his condition to alive.” The main difference being that in Mubarak’s case the first hospital was inside a prison and the second was not.
During his reign, it was illegal to spread rumours about his health. Since his downfall such rumours have been constant. As a result, many were sceptical. Ismubarakdead.com didn’t flinch. Their page confidently stated “NO” throughout.
Of course, it is possible the geriatric autocrat’s condition did deteriorate, and even as official sources claimed, that his heart stopped. This raises the question whether a normal Egyptian prisoner would be rushed out to a military hospital in the same situation. Has no one ever died before in an Egyptian prison hospital? Given the reliability of official statements in Egypt we don’t have much more of a reason to believe this narrative than we have to hold, as this author and others have speculated, that Mubarak is a zombie.
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