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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

More Pieces of the Egyptian Story

Here are some more useful pieces toward piecing together the Egyptian jigsaw:
  • As many of you already know, General Sisi's 2006 "thesis" (more of a brief essay or short term paper really)  at the US Army War College in Carlisle on "Democracy in the Middle East" was released earlier this month under the Freedom of Information Act. A lot of pundits have read it as a "radical" or "Islamist" document, but I think this is over-analyzing a very short paper that expresses views not that uncommon in Egypt, where even the secularists don't usually call for excluding Islam from politics entirely. Read it yourself and decide how sinister it may be.

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