11.02.2011. Isn’t that a beautiful date! President Mubarak couldn’t find a better one to retire from his stressful job as dictator (sorry, President) for Egypt. After almost 30 years as the head of state no one can blame him for being a quitter and at the age of 82 no one can blame him for spending some of his hard earned pension money. Already being the longest serving dictator (sorry, President – got it wrong again) of Egypt, its hard to imagine what more he wants to achieve – unless of course he wants to be remembered for leaving with blood on his hands. Incidentally, he became President in 1981 with blood (literally) on his hands as he was wounded when President Anwar Sadat was assassinated in 1981 during the annual victory parade held in Cairo to celebrate Egypt's crossing of the Suez Canal. I’m not saying that Vice President Hosni Mubarak had anything to do with the assassination I’m simply pointing out that his promotion was a bloody one.
Seen in this light I doubt if he wants to enjoy his well-deserved retirement at the golf courses in Egypt. Would he be welcome to retire here in Amsterdam? We do have plenty of golf courses surrounding Amsterdam (what do you take us for?) – we may not have much space, but there’s always room for another golf course when it comes to something as healthy as sport (if you can call walking a sport!) – especially for people who have reached the age of retirement. It’s still ‘only’ 65 years in the Netherlands, so Mr. Mubarak should have no problem there. The problem is that he’s a Muslim and according to the new Dutch government and especially their support party there’re already too many Muslims in this country. So however much we would love to help the people of Egypt by giving their soon-to-be former dictator (sorry, President - don’t know why I keep getting it wrong!) some nice golf courses for his retirement Mr. Wilders would never allow it.