Deaf Dictator Syndrome


by Patrick Appel

David Remnick diagnoses Mubarak:

The delusions of dictators are never more poignantor more dangerousthan when they are in their death throes. To watch Hosni Mubarak today in his late-night speech in Cairo, as he used every means of rhetorical deflection to delay his inevitable end, was to watch a man so deluded, so deaf to the demands of history, that he was incapable of hearing an entire people screaming in his ear. And it is almost always that way: the dictator, coddled in his isolation, surrounded by satraps and servants, immersed in his own sense of essential-ness, is the last to know.

Silawa likewise tries to get inside Mubarak's head.

(Cartoon via AJE)