Could Egypt Be The Next Iran?

Other offices in the dilapidated building in downtown Cairo are dark this evening, but Montassir al Zayat's law offices are abuzz. The firm is closely linked with the Gamaa al Islamiya, the militant Islamic eroup, and its employees are busy preparing the defense of accused Muslim extremists now that the government has ordered their cases rushed through military courts. In a brightly lit room with peeling wallpaper and worn carpeting, al Zayat, a pleasant, heavyset man with a scraggly black beard, defends the militants' use of force. "The government won't let them spread their message peacefully," he says. "So they have to defend themselves with violence."

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