More from Tony Judt.
Mohamed ElBaradei, former Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, is a candidate for the presidency of Egypt. The current president, Hosni Mubarak, is essentially a dictator. ElBaradei can be expected to be quite different, and he is generating some excitement. ElBaradei was extremely diplomatic at the IAEA and skilled at working delicate issues with strong disagreements among the parties. He also knows more about Israel's and Iran's nuclear programs than many people.
Wingnuttery spreads across the Atlantic.