June 28, 2012

No Happy Outcome for Egypt

Michael Totten, Dispatches

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Robert Satloff, the executive director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, says “it would be a grave error…to fixate on the obstacles the [Egyptian] army has put in the way of the Islamists without appreciating the latter's remarkable ability to fill any political vacuum they are permitted to fill.” After thinking about this for a day or so, I think he’s right.

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TAGGED: Islamists, Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt


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