“The blackness of a chilly winter night….”

Note the language used by the Egyptian judge:

CAIRO — An Egyptian judge on Saturday sentenced former President Hosni Mubarak to life in prison for the killing of unarmed demonstrators during the first six days of protests that ended his rule. …

Reading his decision, Judge Rafaat waxed poetic about Mr. Mubarak’s government and the uprising that ended it. Mr. Mubarak’s rule was “30 years of intense darkness — black, black, black, the blackness of a chilly winter night,” the judge declared, when officials “committed the gravest sins, tyranny and corruption without accountability or oversight as their consciences died, their feelings became numb and their hearts in their chests turned blind.”

“The peaceful sons of the homeland came out of every deep ravine with all the pain they experienced from injustice, heartbreak, humiliation and oppression,” he added. “Bearing the burden of their suffering on their shoulders, they moved peacefully toward Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt’s capital, demanding only justice, freedom and democracy.”

According the judge’s verdict, Mubarak is an “accessory to murder” in the killing of more than 240 demonstrators in the last six days of January 2011.

Here’s Zahi Hawass delivering a passionate and public defense of then-President Mubarak on February 6, 2011:

Which begs the question: Why is Zahi Hawass a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Emeritus — a title which is an honorific?

Wasn’t Zahi’s lack of honor the reason the Society removed him from our payroll in the first place?

John Fahey National Geographic

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