Middle East: Starting Over

Mubarak picks up the reins

On the surface, at least, Cairo was getting back to normal, as Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak settled into his second week in office since the assassination of Anwar Sadat. Following the detention of suspected Muslim radicals, said by the government to number 350 but unofficially estimated at 1,500, Egypt's universities reopened without incident. Troops continued to guard government offices and other public buildings, but there was no repetition of the strife that broke out in the southern Egyptian city of Asyut two days after Sadat's death.

Mubarak ordered his government to launch an attack on the...

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