Editor says, what if Egyptian President Anwar Sadat had survived his 1981 assassination? muses Eric Lipps. Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
Editor says, in our history, of course, Sadat was killed and Vice-President Mubarak, who was only wounded in the attack, took power, remaining in office until now as a dictatorial but mostly pro-American leader. Mubarak has shown little enthusiasm for building upon the 1979 Camp David accords between his country and Israel, and has been less than determined to rein in the Islamists to whom he essentially owes his position. And in 1993, of course, Al Qaeda launched its first attack on the World Trade Center rather than going after the Saudi royal family. Zawahiri and Abdel-Rahman would receive lesser sentences and go on to infamy for their roles in anti-American terrorism. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.