When a BenAli is forced to end his days amidst the deserts of Saudia, easeful and honourable though that may be, accompanied by his gold-heisting lady, one admires the panache, but doesn't necessarily wish to share it.
Naturally, the old cares of the the odd Tunisian [url=http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/01/15/us-tunisia-protests-shootings-idUSTRE70E13F20110115]continuing to be shot[/url] are off his shoulders, but it doesn't [i]seem[/i] like the perfect ending.
[i]This[/i], however, is [url=http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,743998,00.html]magical[/url] - well, near perfect, really. After decades of being paid off not to be nasty to his neighbours, what could be better than this?
[quote]SPIEGEL ONLINE has learned that a luxury clinic near Baden-Baden is being favored.
The United States government's scenario for an end to the political chaos in Egypt appears to be this: President Hosni Mubarak travels to Germany for a "prolonged health check" that would offer the 82-year-old a dignified departure.
The luxury clinic has an excellent reputation, as well as a respected oncology department, and says on its website it offers "first-class medical care" and the "comfort and service of a top hotel." Patients are accommodated in suites up to 200 square meters (2,152 square feet) in size.[/quote]
Its win-win all around. Not only is it good for Mr President, but some of those hard-earned denarii would emerge from their Swiss hideouts to trickle down to real Arbeiter.
[quote]Politicians from Germany's center-right coalition government under Chancellor Angela Merkel have said in recent days they were open to a hospital stay by Mubarak in Germany.
"We need a peaceful transition in Egypt. If Germany can make a constructive contribution in an international framework, we should receive Hosni Mubarak -- if he wants that," said Andreas Schockenhoff, a senior member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party.[/quote]
A pleasant and gracious exit, and in keeping with the manner of [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baden-Baden]past Mediterranean potentates.[/url] It has to be said, one wouldn't mind being exiled, loaded, to Baden Baden.
[quote]The bath-conscious Roman emperor, Caracalla, once came here to ease his arthritic aches. Baden was also known as Aurelia Aquensis, in honour of Aurelius Severus, during whose reign Baden would seem to have been well known.[/quote]