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Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's decision not to step down begs what comes next. The Egyptian Army, a professional pro-Western force, stepped in to "safeguard the interests" of the country, and new powers were delegated to Vice President Omar Suleiman, the intelligence chief. The wild card is the mob in the streets.
"The banner of Jihad has already been raised in some of its parts," Mr. Mashhur writes, "and it shall continue to be raised, with the help of Allah, until every inch of the land of Islam will be liberated, the State of Islam will be established."
For those still unclear about the concept - or for hair-splitters like Deputy National Security Adviser John Brennan, who waxes philosophically about jihad as a peaceful act of religious purification - Mr. Mashhur explains, "The symbol of the Brotherhood is the book of Allah [the Koran] between two swords. The swords symbolize Jihad and the force that protects the truth represented in Allah's book."