The Ceaucescus Remembered

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Given that Mubarak could possibly face a similar fate, I thought it interesting to remember what sometimes happens to dictators. This video looks at the place where the despots and long-time rulers of Romania Nicolae and Elena Caucescu were tried at a makeshift trial and sentenced to be executed. They were then dragged outside and rather chaotically shot by Romanian freedom fighters. Their trial lasted about fifteen minutes, which is probably about at long as the “trials” of thousands of ordinary Romanians who had been murdered by the Ceaucescu regime over the years. Elena was barking orders and making threats right up until the end.

Being a near pacifist, I’m not an advocate of this type of justice, but I can’t say I’ve ever lost any sleep over it either.

11:00 pm on January 28, 2011