Hosni's wisdom

Hosni Mubarak on whether the US should stay or leave Iraq:

DUBLIN: An immediate withdrawal of US troops from Iraq would be dangerous but staying is also risky, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said in an interview published on Wednesday.

He said while talking to a daily newspaper that Iraq needs a strong leader but he did not name anyone.

"I don't want to mention any names now," he said in an interview before his first visit to Ireland, which starts on Wednesday and is part of a tour including France and Germany.
The names on Hosni's mind: Hosni Mubarak, Gamal Mubarak, Safwat Sherif. OK, actually he probably means a nice former Baathist he can get along with. Just not one of those pesky Shias.
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Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region, www.arabist.net.