When the American invasion of Iraq began, Adel al-Mashad and his activist comrades sprang into action. The next day they helped organize an antiwar protest in Cairo that brought tens of thousands of Egyptians onto the streets; it evolved into the biggest public attack on President Hosni Mubarak’s rule since he came to power in 1981. Mr. Mashad says that protest, which tied the anger at the US invasion to the aspirations for democratic change at home, is one of his proudest moments. But that was March 20, 2003. Today, the voices of Mashad and activists in other Arab capitals are largely mute when it comes to Iraq. They still fervently oppose the US presence but are increasingly put off by the brutal tactics used by the insurgency against civilians and the equally brutal tactics used by terrorists in the name of Islam. Full Story
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