The King Had Exited The Building
A recent post I wrote (which wasn't intended in anyways to be an actual puzzle, and, no there would be no prizes!)...seemed to generate some interest. What surprised my though, was the fact that nobody was able to guess who I meant by this.
The story, The Emperor's New Clothes, speaks of an emperor, who as a result of his pride, end up walking down the street naked, while everybody is too afraid to tell him that he is and just continue to admire his 'invisible new clothes. Even after he himself discovers that he was butt-naked, he is too proud to admit it and continue walking!
The story is
...often used in political and social contexts for any obvious truth denied by the majority despite the evidence of their eyes, especially when proclaimed by the government
Rings any bells?
Well, here it is. I've been thinking about the thing for a while, and I came up with this conclusion. Hold on to your seats...
For all practical purposes Mubarak is dead!
Yeah, I believe he is, and we individually know that he is, but nobody can get out and say it because after all there is a lot of apparent proofs that he is still alive. Or so we tell ourselves. But I can argue that there are other proofs that support my theory.
Do you honestly think that Mubarak, a military man all his life, actually deals with softy-soft Nazif (the prime minister)? I mean think about it...do you really think that Nazif explained this whole e-government thing to Mubarak?...that would be a funny conversation:
Nazif: ..so Mr. President we're implementing this new system to cut the processing times, increase the productivity of our employees, and increase the satisfaction levels of the citizens...
Nazif: I said....
Mubarak: let those sons of $%&*# suffer a little...you know when we we're back in the military we used to spend days....
And he goes on rumbling about his military experience, and how him being a pilot helped him learn to cope with all kinds of situations.
Do you honestly think that this happens?
Now, substitute Mubarak Sr., with Jr., and the thing makes much more sense...
Nazif: ..so Mr. President's son, we're implementing this new system to cut the processing times, increase the productivity of our employees, and increase the satisfaction levels of the citizens...
Mubarak Jr: sure thing Nizi...do your thing...can you send somebody to fix my iPod?
Nazif: cando sir, right on it!
Now that seems a bit more appropriate.
Living people watch TV. That's basic. It the sign you're alive and well. According to what Mubarak had been saying in newspapers the past couple of days, it seems that he didn't switch on his set for a while (and I mean his TV set you perv...although it makes a lot of sense this way also!!). He keeps on saying that what happened in Alexandria is a result of a conspiracy to destabilize the country, and that's not what Egypt is really like, and that he'll stand firmly against those who try to escalate the matters. It is as if he is a protected housewife who thinks that 'evil people' are doing this. Had he switched on his TV, he would have saw that his beloved-always-in-his-mind struggling class Egyptians are the ones beating each other in the streets.
So no TV means reason #2 he is walking "through the valley of the shadow of death"
Egypt has no diplomatic presence in Africa, the Middle East, or even the Caribbean Islands. The Palestinian FM Mahmoud El-Zahar came to Egypt but couldn't meet anybody. He even kept knocking on the door. Iran is roaming through out the region freely. The ferry guy escaped to London but nobody seems to care....
Need even more reasons?
Here is the biggie...traffic in Egypt isn't held to a complete stand still everytime he moves as much as the distance from his bedroom to the bathroom...can you believe that?!!
Heck, the man is so dead!