|Disappearing into the Dazzling Desert Sunshine photo R.A. Kukkee|
The people of Egypt are to be congratulated for their persistence, but has ex-President Mubarak disappeared with $40B into the dazzling desert sunshine?
It was inevitable that Hosni Mubarak eventually step down from the Presidency a move forced by pro-democracy supporters in a three-week display of protest and solidarity against Mubarak's corruption. The objective of the protest, which has come to be known as the Nile Revolution, finally happened. It only took 18 days, an undetermined number of deaths, a number of missing persons, and over 800 people wounded to achieve that goal. Foreign journalists were arrested, intimidated, and beaten. Not content with that inexcusable action, an Egyptian journalist was even shot to death. Free speech was stifled and the internet was briefly shut down to tightly shutter the eyes of the world on the unfolding events.
Mubarak's "step down" and a cosmetic transfer of power to his own army and henchmen occurred on or about February 11th, 2011.It is our sense and the opinion of many Mid-East watchers that little if anything has really changed, with an ugly military crackdown on the protesters becoming more possible, in fact more probable with each passing day. The marginal propensity for the "immediate" dispersal AND disposal of peasant protesters with tanks, guns and whips can grow as quickly as a general's lack of anger control management -- or Mubarak's accumulation of treasures and bank accounts. Very quickly.
What is more predictable was the recognition of the fact that Mubarak's personal "treasure", legally acquired or not, is reported to be in the amount of more than 40Billion dollars. The truth ALWAYS comes out.
The reader should immediately ask:
" Cool piggy-bank,Hosni-baby, but why did it take you so long to step down, .... nobody can use that much money after the age of 80, no matter what kind of lifestyle he intends to follow ! "
Corruption, rot , stinking greed and blatant theft all come to mind, but the reader must admit, $40B isn't a bad salary for a dictator that ruled a country where forty percent of people live on less than $2.00 per day, surviving and and paying taxes too.
It seems Mubarak may have drained Egyptian coffers, the Egyptian people, and the Nile itself dry in the process. The nose of the Sphinx is definitely broken and missing, thereby unable to detect the stench of corruption left behind by the Mubarak regime.
Somewhere, there is a large pyramid of gold bars and cash with " This belongs to Hosni" hastily written in blood in 70 languages.
The $40B is spread around the globe and the only people that know for sure where the tons of gold bars, hoards of cash, or other valuable forms of plunder may be -- are his family--his wife and sons--and they have conveniently disappeared.
How lovely and how predictable. The noble banking nation of Switzerland has already frozen assets that may or may not be in Mubarak's bank accounts legally , and the rest of the international community must immediately follow suit. International corruption watchdogs are recommending the seizure of Hosni Mubarak's assets for return to the Egyptian people. (1)
As a quizzical and rather neat aside the United States of America might also immediately consider demanding a return of the $1.5B they have paid Egypt annually to support that corrupt, brutal regime.
Has anyone done the mathematics class ? Let's see,,,,,1.5B per year for 30 years...imagine that, it just coincidentally equates to $45B.....a rather large pile of funding, isn't that a nice pile of taxpayer loot? Where is it hiding? Are most of those greenbacks hiding in Hosni's very large, sticky moneybags he is now dragging across the desert to hide in some dusty desert rat-hole?
The world will wait with abated breath and wonder, where does Egypt go now? It may ultimately be easier to find Hosni and his money-bags than it will be to answer THAT question.
(1) Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) 02/11/11