The Night I Dreamt Mubarak Died

Last night I had the weirdest dream.

In the dream, I was walking along a nice street one evening and happened to bump into Egypt’s President, Hosni Mubarak. He was standing on the side of the street watching his driver pull his car out of a parking space. The car had the ability to pivot on its rear wheels. Very cool. I was so fascinated by the car that I told Mubarak in a nice neighborly way that he had a cool car. Mubarak smiled. As I walked away, he called me back. My coat wasn’t tied well from the back. He tied it for me.

Scene 2: I’m in a plane going somewhere and the Egyptian authorities call it back but don’t say why.

Scene 3: I’m standing in my apartment and we get the announcement: President Hosni Mubarak has died. My initial reaction: I cheer as if I expect this is the “appropriate” reaction the Egyptian masses will have. I expect to hear a mass cheer but I don’t. I look to my brother sitting behind me and he has his face buried in his hands in grief. Suddenly, it’s as if I realize death isn’t something to cheer about and I feel a deep sense of grief. I cry deep long cries for the rest of the dream. One thing that goes through my head in the meanwhile: I might have been one of the last people to speak with Mubarak before his death.

End of dream.

Yes. My dreams are normally this weird and this detailed. You could write books about my dreams.

I leave it to all you dream analyzers out there to tell me what this means. Have fun with it.


  1. Mubarak will die like all others. On the human side I will feel sorry for him and his family but on another dimension many, including myself, will draw a sigh of relief. In civilised countries a vote can remove a ruler; in Arab countries it seems only death can. Who will come after him? Will he be better? No one knows. I doubt it very much that Egypt will ever be democratic – despotism seems to be deeply entrenched in its culture and religion. Unless the Egyptians become secularly minded I can see no progress, democracy or human rights in Egypt.

  2. Interested to read my comment on 13 August 2010. Glad that Mubarak’s rule ended by a popular uprising and not by his death, which could have meant many more years of the kind.

    Did I also get it wrong in my comment about what came after Mubarak? No. The current situation is not better than the conditions when Mubarak was in power. In many areas it is actually worse. Will it get better? Who knows? My conviction still stands: Egypt will never be a real democracy without first having to be secular.

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