Monday, February 9, 2009

Mubarak Joins Sarkozy

A coup for Sarko: President Mubarak of Egypt has invited him to co-chair a conference on the reconstruction of Gaza. This gives Sarko a major role in another crisis, the sort of international action he craves, and which is his form of escape from intractable domestic difficulties.


Anonymous said...

You sometimes seem now to have become a regular Sarko-basher. No doubt Sarkozy deserves criticism--for impulsive, shoot-from-the-hip policy announcements, a lack of adequate consultation, and a perhaps excessive attempt to dominate the news headlines, among other things. But I'm not sure that you're still giving him credit when he deserves it. Here, for instance, you suggest that his being invited to co-chair a conference on reconstructing Gaza is noteworthy only because it gives him an opportunity to grandstand. Is that quite fair?

Unknown said...

Thanks for the corrective. I shouldn't allow irritation with Sarkozy to color my judgment, and as I have said in the past, I am impressed by his willingness to take foreign-policy risks where others fear to lose face. I hope he can do some good in Gaza and wish him well.