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Thursday, February 10, 2005

Today Max Boot wrote :"But there is little evidence that Islamists are popular enough to win a free election in Egypt. They have flourished mainly because little mainstream opposition is allowed."

In light of the absence of any fair opinion poll and studies, I cannot take his first sentence for granted. I hope Boot turns out to be correct and that Islamists are not popular enough, but with their excellent grassroots efforts and financing, I am just too scared to ask for the ballot box before other opposition entities show up on the political stage.

I do agree with his second sentence. The intimidation and restrictions placed on the political discourse in the country allowed Islamists and other radicals to be the most vocal.


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