Mubarak on Iran
A classified State Department cable made public on Dec. 15 revealed that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s main worry is Iran and increasing Iranianbacked subversion in the region since the ouster of Iraq’s Saddam Hussein.
The Feb. 9 cable from the U.S. Embassy in Cairo is slugged “scene-setter” for the planned visit there by Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and it was aired by the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.
“President Mubarak sees Iran as Egypt’s — and the region’s — primar y strategic threat,” states the cable, labeled “secret.” “Egypt’s already dangerous neighborhood, he believes, has only become more so since the fall of Saddam, who, as nasty as he was, nevertheless stood as a wall against Iran. He now sees Tehran’s hand moving with ease throughout the region, ‘from the Gulf to Morocco.’ ”
The report goes on to descr ibe Egypt’s “immediate threat” as “Iranian conspiracies with Hamas,” which Mr. Mubarak regards as the “brother” of Egypt’s “most dangerous internal political threat, the Muslim Brotherhood.”
Hamas is stirring up unrest in Gaza, and Mr. Mubarak also is worried about Iranian subver-