Leading Egyptian Candidate a Truther?

By Jeffrey Goldberg

I hadn't realized that Abdel-Moneim Abolfotoh, one of the leading candidates for the Egyptian presidency, was a Truther until I read this Ben Birnbaum piece:

Mr. Abolfotoh expressed his views on the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in an interview last year with Egypt scholar Eric Trager.

Mr. Trager, now with the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, quoted Mr. Abolfotoh as saying:

"It was too big an operation .... They [the United States] didn't bring this crime before the U.S. justice system until now. Why? Because it's part of a conspiracy."

Not a good sign. It's hard to imagine a fantasist getting a grip on Egypt's disintegrating economy, and it's hard to imagine a fantasist preserving the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel.

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http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/05/leading-egyptian-candidate-a-truther/257512/