The Dim-Post

February 2, 2011

Poetry of the day

Filed under: general news,poetry — danylmc @ 12:06 pm

Of course many people will have much to say.
We should listen. But we won’t be deceived
by words such as Indispensable, Unique, and Great.
Someone else indispensable and unique and great
can always be found at a moment’s notice.

C P Cavafy

I’m thinking it’s tough to throw out dictators in their eighties. Younger tyrants  can flee to Geneva or Jeddah, buy a palace, hire a good doctor, take a young mistress and have a decent couple of decades. If you’re eighty you’ve got your eye on your place in history; you don’t have that much of a life left to lose.


  1. Solution: Quit while you’re ahead.


    Comment by Lew — February 2, 2011 @ 12:19 pm

  2. We are like sheep without a shepard
    We don’t know how to be alone
    So we wander ’round this desert
    And wind up following the wrong God’s home

    But the flock cries out for another
    And they keep answering that bell
    And one more starry-eyed messiah
    Meets a violent farewell

    – Don Henley

    Comment by Phil — February 2, 2011 @ 12:55 pm

  3. ‘Mubarak also made a point of saying that he would “die in this land” – a message to protesters that he did not plan to flee into exile like recently deposed Tunisian president, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.’ — via Al Jazeera

    (My note: Ben Ali is 74.)

    Comment by bradluen — February 2, 2011 @ 1:15 pm

  4. The marketing task ahead of Mubarak is to spin it that he feels that he has taken Egypt as far forward over the last 30 years as he can, and now it is finally in a position to embrace democracy. His job there done, it is now time to stand aside.

    In some respects, this wouldn’t be untrue. Egypt has progressed well on a number (definitely not all, though) of fronts.

    Comment by DT — February 3, 2011 @ 2:12 pm

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