Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Egypt Braces for Political Fallout of Gulf Victory

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Egypt Braces for Political Fallout of Gulf Victory

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THE halt of the coalition ground war against Iraq and Baghdad's acceptance of all 12 United Nations resolutions was greeted with apparent relief by most Egyptians. But there was a prevailing sense of unease in the country's political circles.

"We are entering a very sensitive, delicate period," a senior Foreign Ministry source told the Monitor yesterday. "We have to see what happens at the (UN) Security Council, the reaction of Iraq, and the reaction of Iraq's allies."

The pro-Iraqi populations of Jordan, Sudan, Yemen, and the Maghreb countries of North Africa have been stunned by the speedy defeat of Iraqi forces. As one Cairo-based Arab analyst said: "Iraq has been revealed as nothing more than a paper tiger."

Since the start of the land offensive last Sunday, Egypt has had violent demonstrations. For four straight days students have protested against the war and their country's involvement in the coalition campaign. Egypt has more than 35,000 soldiers in Operation Desert Storm, and Egyptian troops were among the first forces to enter Kuwait City. …

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