Návrat do Šarm aš-Šajchu

Motivováni společným strachem z islámského fundamentalismu a s mylným předpokladem, že jde o nelegitimní politickou sílu, se v egyptském přímořském letovisku Šarm aš-Šajchu, tradičním místě konání mimořádných regionálních summitů, opět shromáždili takzvaní „umírněnci“ Středního východu, aby sjednotili „umírněnce“ proti „extremistům“.

Na jaře roku 1996 se tito takzvaní „umírněnci“ – egyptský prezident Husní Mubárak, jordánský král Husajn, Jásir Arafát, a dokonce někteří představitelé dynastií ze zemí Perského zálivu – v Šarm aš-Šajchu sešli s prezidentem Billem Clintonem a generálním tajemníkem Organizace spojených národů Kofi Annanem v zoufalém pokusu zarazit nástup radikálního islámu. Očekávalo se rovněž, že přinesou volební vzpruhu izraelskému ministerskému předsedovi Šimonu Peresovi, který, vážně podlomen zničující kampaní sebevražedného terorismu v režii Hamásu, byl na pokraji volební porážky v souboji s Benjaminem Netanjahuem.

Na islámský fundamentalismus to však příliš nezapůsobilo. Ba od té doby náboj jeho džihádistické i politické identity jen získal na síle.

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