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Egyptian Security Begins To ‘Disappear’ Critics?

A correspondent writes:

Kareem Amer, the Egyptian blogger and secular dissident who already served four years in prison as a political prisoner ending in Nov 2010, has been missing since Sunday night – he was last seen leaving Tahrir Square on Sunday night.

The Egyptian government publicly declares its willingness to compromise but quietly accelerates its crackdown. They calculate that rhetoric alone is enough to assuage President Obama and Secretary Clinton because they conflate words and actions. Alas, it seems Mubarak may be right in his calculations regarding President Obama’s attention span.

Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, senior lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Civil-Military Relations, and a senior editor of the Middle East Quarterly.

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