Mubarak on Iran

The Washington Times Weekly - - Geopolitic­s -

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-

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