Algerians often complain about the disturbing fact that many figures of the regime seem to benefit from long lives. They see it as a proof of Algeria’s chronic bad luck, an incomprehensible curse after all the sacrifices that were made for this land. It is therefore a bit shocking when these figures start dying off one after the other. Today, the Angel of Death has claimed General Mohamed Lamari. He retired 8 years ago and rumour had it that he didn’t get along with Bouteflika. He was a major player in the fight againt the armed islamist groups in the 90’s. Some Algerians see in this a proof of his patriotism and a great achievement he did for Algeria. Others see him as a French army reject who joined the winning camp after victory was settled. General Lamari died in an Algerian hospital. I found this extraordinary, couldn’t they fly him to France or something? The papers say he had a heart attack, so maybe there wasn’t enough time.