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Mubarak’s No Dictator?

It’s a good thing that Vice President Biden isn’t a school teacher.  If he believes that Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak is not a dictator, can you imagine what other gems he would impart in a history class?  Just a few guesses:

  • Pol Pot successfully lowered health care costs across Cambodia

  • Attila the Hun managed to reduce prison overcrowding dramatically.

  • Marie Antoinette had a fantastic pound cake recipe she generously sought to share with the common people.

  • North Korea’s Kim Il-sung was really quite fashionable.

  • The PLO’s Yasir Arafat was really quite the lady’s man.

Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, senior lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Civil-Military Relations, and a senior editor of the Middle East Quarterly.


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