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U.S. is short-sighted in Egypt
U.S. is short-sighted in Egypt

Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi celebrated his recent return from the U.S. by imprisoning prominent opposition blogger Alaa Abdel Fattah for participating in a peaceful demonstration. Historically, Washington's renewed pledges of massive military aid have triggered major crackdowns on dissent in Egypt. If this crackdown continues, both Egypt and America will lose. Continued repression of secular democrats will exacerbate instability and corruption, which in turn deprive any regime of the legitimacy required to win popular acceptance of peace and to take resolute action against extremism. All too often, Middle Eastern politics are painted as a simple dichotomy between autocrats and...

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