Martyrs for The Sheik

Emboldened by Abdel Rahman's imprisonment, Mubarak takes aim at the Sheik's followers in Egypt

As Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman sat in an upstate New York prison infirmary complaining about the food and the timing of his insulin injections, halfway around the world President Hosni Mubarak cracked down decisively on the sheik's fundamentalist followers in Egypt. Seven men, one just 18 years old, were hanged, beginning at dawn last Thursday, on charges of attacking foreign tourists and conspiring to assassinate government officials. Thirteen more have been sentenced to death, and 770 are about to go on trial before military tribunals. "This is remarkable, serious stuff," says Robert Satloff, director of the Washington Institute for Near East...

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