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Perhaps, but the fact that Mubarak himself barely escaped death in the attack is pretty good evidence for me that he probably wasn't involved in the planning. Putting oneself in the sights of multiple AK-47s shows poor planning ability.
I buy into the Islamist angle, personally. Many of Sadat's actions angered the Islamists exclusively; peace with Israel, hosting the Shah of Iran, his crackdown on Egyptian Islamist groups in the weeks before his death, allowing his wife to dance with another man, etc. I tend to take Islambouli at his word. Why would he lie? Ockam's Razor is pretty applicable here. Besides, at the time, most people though Mubarak would last a few years, tops. A lot of uncertainty surrounded his ascension to power.
Like I say, I'm not an expert. I did go to a halloween party once in a white military uniform with a folding chair glued to the back. But that's the extent of my knowledge, really. I'm glad to accept the Islamist narrative, though I would not be surprised to see that expanded considerably, given what we're seeing now of the army's independence as an internal policy arm in its own right.
On a side note, Americans are becoming more and more enamored with Arab-style conspiracy paranoia. It's a fantastic coping mechanism, but it also conditions people to accept that they have no power in this world. That's a disturbing development in our current political climate.
That's what they want you to think.
This is me just being flippant again. Ditto the vest thing.
I'm rather skeptical about the amount of CIA influence in Sadat's decision-making, but it was clear in Mubarak's early days that he didn't wholly trust the US. In fact, he's made something of a habit of thumbing his nose at the US, especially on the democracy agenda.
Well, there's the whole "if you're on the payroll, we own you" assumption, which may not be precisely the way things work. But Sadat was, in fact, on the CIA books.
Mubarak's nose-thumbing, if you ask me, is directly related to his survivability. A warmer peace would mean a considerably colder Mubarak.
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Seven people were killed and at least 26 people were wounded Thursday in a series of terrorist attacks on Israeli targets approximately 20 kilometers north of the southern city of Eilat, close to the border with Egypt.
The first attack, at around 12 P.M., was a drive-by shooting targeting Egged bus 392 traveling from Be'er Sheva to Eilat, near the Netafim junction.
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