Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Why Peace Makes Sense For Egypt

Matthew Yglesias thinks a democratic Egyptian government -- indeed any rational Egyptian government -- would be inclined to keep the peace with Israel:
The peace agreement with Israel was signed by Anwar Sadat for perfectly sound reasons of state and its been maintained for thirty years for equally sound reasons of state. Egypt, unlike Saudi Arabia or Iran, is actually adjacent to Israel so if it’s not at peace with Israel it’s at war—in a non-theoretical way—and war with Israel is not in the interests of the Egyptian public or state. And I think that ultimately paying attention to reasons of state will shed more light on the future course of Egyptian policy than will attempting to parse the theological musings of the Muslim Brotherhood.

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