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Socialism or Islamism

February 8, 2011

Over 40 years ago the Egyptians realized fighting Israel gave it gravitas in the Middle East but Israel posed no threat to Egypt. Gradually, the eagerness to tend to the problems at home while removing the Soviet influence Egypt settled for a deal.

Now, we have many younger officers who do not know the sting of four major wars with Israel and four major losses. Time might embolden some of the younger leaders.

The key will be in a post Mubarak Egypt will the somewhat benign socialism sought in the Arab world years ago be replaced with Islamic pride and the consequent actions.

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