Egyptians must ask themselves if a stagnated relationship with Iran is really in their best interest, or whether they ought to rethink and revitalize their cooperation with this regional power.
Why should we care whether Iran has a nuclear program? Why should we concern ourselves with accusations that Iran’s presidential elections were rigged, that it is attempting to impose its agenda on Iraq, or that the United States and Israel are planning military strikes against it? Indeed, the Egyptian media treats events in Iran with seeming indifference, overlooking the impacts they could potentially have on us. Instead of taking heed of important developments, our dismissive news coverage continues to gloat, even as a strike against Iran looms close on the horizon. Why is that?
The common responses to these questions are of a similar nature: Egypt and Iran do not have full diplomatic ties, a massive geographic expanse separates us, Iran is a Shiite nation vastly different from our own, it is competing with us for influence in the Gulf, and so forth. Therefore, we rationalize, what goes on in Iran need not concern us.
Reasoning of this sort is entirely in line with Egypt’s political system, whose diplomatic relations with an influential country like Iran are generally characterized by underestimation and disregard. In Egypt’s official… >>>