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Monday, February 28, 2011

Amr Moussa to run for President of Egypt

Arab League President Amr Moussa has announced that he is a candidate to be President of Egypt.
While very possibly the best alternative to the Muslim Brotherhood-backed Muhammad ElBaradei, Moussa is a flamboyant demagogue who is sure to try to score points by bashing the United States, the West, and Israel.

Syria, and thus also its ally Iran, would be pleased by his election; the Saudis will be horrified. Israel will do its best to deal with him, knowing he will be a rhetorical headache but hoping his actual behavior will be pragmatic. He will be no great bargain for U.S. interests either.
I don't see any candidate for President of Egypt that will not be anathema to American and Israeli interests. I'd be pleasantly surprised if one emerges.

Difficult times ahead....

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At 8:36 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

A liberal reformer is unlikely to win the Egyptian presidency. I'd put my money either on an Arab nationalist or an Islamist.

What could go wrong indeed


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