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“Will Mubarak’s fall resemble the Shah’s?”

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My Washington Examiner column, like Clark Judge’s below, focuses on Egypt.

UPDATE: So much for the MSM’s favorite “democrat”. In an interview with Der Speigel, the enormously incompetent former head of the IAEA tells Israel that its treaty with Egypt isn’t worth the paper it is written on, which makes you wonder why El Baradei ever headed an agency charged with the administration of international law. Read the whole interview, but here is the exchange on Israel:

SPIEGEL: Does that mean you can’t sympathize with people’s nervousness about Egyptian Islamists?

ElBaradei: I don’t think like the Muslim Brotherhood, and I don’t share their conservative religious ideology. Incidentally, they are not a majority; instead they have the potential to win about 20 percent of the Egyptian vote. Nor do they have ties with al-Qaida. They have sworn off violence and agreed to play by democratic rules.

SPIEGEL: Are you now saying that a government that included participation by the Muslim Brotherhood would continue on with Mubarak’s policies toward Israel?

ElBaradei: No. Something the Israelis also need to grasp is that it’s impossible to make peace with a single man. At the moment, they have a peace treaty with Mubarak, but not one with the Egyptian people. The Israelis should understand that it is in their long-term interest to have a democratic Egypt as a neighbor, and that it is prudent to acknowledge the legitimate interests of the Palestinians and to grant them their own state.” (Emphasis added.)




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