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Terror in Egypt

It isn't going to stop any time soon.

12:00 PM, Apr 27, 2006 • By LEE SMITH
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The Islamists will continue to attack Egypt, which makes an overt alliance between the regime and the more moderate Muslim Brotherhood, like the one suggested in an al-Hayat column by Islamist lawyer Montasser Al-Zayat, more plausible. Among other things, that will ensure Gamal's accession, which is the regime's top priority and why it is fighting the U.S. democratization agenda. Then it will be Gamal's task to war against the extremists and leverage the Muslim Brotherhood as he pleases, variously counting on their support and then keeping them in their place, as his father did. Though it is unclear that a novice with no military credentials is a hard enough strongman to pull it off. He'll get no help from the United States since the regime already played its Islamist card in those parliamentary elections and Washington is trying to cope with the fallout of "regional transformation."

Lee Smith is a visiting fellow at the Hudson Institute and based in Beirut.