Is here. How did we get to the position where the red flag and the desert eagle were suddenly back ahead of the star and crescent? How do the Muslim Brothers and other Islamists interact with the Left? Where did those people come from?
As a Revolutionary Socialist member who was active in the 1990s recalls: â€œWe were a kind of leftist the Muslim Brothers hadnâ€™t met before. They couldnâ€™t quite figure us out at the beginning. Anyway, we were still too marginal for them to bother with. We were only a few individuals.â€ This began to change in 1999. On a few occasions in that year, as one socialist remembers, the Muslim Brotherhood students at Cairo University allowed the Revolutionary Socialist students to speak at rallies held on campus against the US airstrikes on Iraq. The socialist students took this unprecedented opportunity as a sign of the Muslim Brothersâ€™ recognition that they were a force that had to be given a place on the political stage. It was a step in a long, slow process of building trust.