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Thursday, June 16, 2011

In Egypt, even the 'good guys' want to cancel Camp David accords

On the face of it, Al-Karama should be just the political party you'd want to win in Egypt. It's a left-leaning Nasserist party with a tendency toward socialist pluralism. Not Islamic. And yet... they want to 'cancel' the Camp David accords (Hat Tip: Yaacov Lozowick via Twitter).
Al-Karama party representative Amin Iskander said the party wishes to cancel the agreement "immediately because it’s not in Egypt’s interest.”

Iskander continued, saying “we befriend those who want to befriend us, and make enemies of those who want to make enemies of us,” the report said.

The Al-Karama party plans to field its leader Hamdin Sabbahy in presidential elections.

According to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace the Al-Karama party is a left-leaning Nasserist party with socialist tendencies that calls for political pluralism. The party has petitioned the Political Parties Committee for legal status multiple times without success, though Sabbahy ran as an independent candidate in the 2000 parliamentary elections and won a seat. A campaign is currently underway supporting his presidential candidacy for the 2011 election.
So if they cancel the accords, do they give us back Sinai? And if not, why should we agree to them just canceling the accords? Why shouldn't we bomb them back to the 8th century?

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