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Professor of Public Policy and Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman Professor of International Relations

Abstract

There will be no dramatic moment of closure on the era of Muhammad Hosni al-Sayyid Mubarak, the man who ruled and misruled Egypt for 30 years before being overthrown in early 2011. There will be no choppy cellphone video of the dictator’s final helter-skelter moments, no shots of him being dragged out of a hole looking disheveled and confused, suffering unspeakable violations of his manhood before finally bleeding to death as feral young rebels pose with his lifeless corpse, as was the fate of Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi. But for those who need some visual evidence of Mubarak’s expiration in order to put the man behind them, there is a photograph that portrays, more arrestingly than any gallows snapshot could, the autocrat’s end.

Citation

Masoud, Tarek. "The Tyrant’s Brutal Legacy." Newsweek, June 25, 2012.