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The Six-Day War led to Egypt’s bloody predicament

LONDON — More bloodshed in Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood leadership under arrest and now Hosni Mubarak is about to be released from prison (wasn't he supposed to be dead from cancer by now?) it seems like an entire nation has gotten into a wayback machine and returned to 2010.

But to gain a good overview of the turmoil you have to time travel back further, at least as far as 1991. And possibly further than that to 1967 when the conundrum that has faced the Arab world over and over first came into view:

Is it possible to reconcile political Islam with modern government? Can a revolutionary political movement shed its radical origins? Can it be given breathing space by the military — the permanent government in many Arab countries — to find its way?

The answers to these questions are urgent because, make no mistake, political Islam is a genuine popular force. In free and fair elections in most Arab countries Islamist parties will either win — as the Muslim Brotherhood did in Egypt — or be the largest opposition party.

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