Autocrats in trouble–unleashing the goons

Time has a list of the Top 10 Autocrats in Trouble:

    * Hosni Mubarak
    * Ali Abdullah Saleh
    * Kim Jong Il
    * Alexander Lukashenko
    * Omar Hassan al-Bashir
    * Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
    * Robert Mugabe
    * Emomali Rahmon
    * House of Saud
    * Abdelaziz Bouteflika

The first one on that list has done what most autocrats in the deepest of trouble do: unleash the goons. Some of them are charging at the protesters on horses or camels. Very troubling event today. Perhaps the only surprise is that it has taken so long for some sort of street violence to commence. Mubarak was never likely to go easily.

Watching the Al Jazeera live stream, I have to say I can’t recall ever seeing images of running street battles on this scale.

The chaos, it seems from here, can only increase the odds of a worse form of authoritarianism replacing Mubarak, whose days are likely numbered regardless of how ruthless his goons are.

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