The Arab World: All Quiet Under the Pyramids

Unlike many Arabs, most Egyptians detest Saddam Hussein and are not filling the streets with anti-Western protests

As rescue workers pulled corpses out of the Baghdad rubble last week, Jordan's King Hussein denounced the allied bombing that caused the deaths and called for an immediate cease-fire. Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali declared a "day of mourning in memory of the innocent civilian victims," while Sudan's Foreign Ministry called the episode a "hideous, bloody massacre." Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, however, sounded a different note. "It is inconceivable for a ruler to make propaganda from the corpses of his citizens," he said. "I am very sorry to see civilians dying, but unfortunately, these things happen sometimes in war."


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