Fallout

Salama Ahmed Salama, one of Egypt's most prestigious and influential columnists, in a recent (23 July, sorry no link) Al Ahram editorial:
Egypt should adopt the same policy as Iran with regards to acquiring new military technology, notably nuclear weapons, in order to prevent Israeli threats, which are constantly getting worse.
Strategically speaking, can you say he's wrong? Incidentally Salama has been going around this issue cautiously for weeks while commenting on the Iran nuclear crisis, but I think this is his most frank statement so far.
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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.