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The Heritage of President Gamal Abdel Nasser and the Future of Egypt

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We hear the right-wing talk shows crying their fear of The Muslim Brotherhood. It's almost as if they have a mantra, "The Brotherhood is coming, the Brotherhood is coming, the Brotherhood is coming ..."

What these uninformed and biased nincompoops fail to realize is that this was a people's revolution, led by young and old alike -- no matter how much the Twitter people and others want to make it only a "young people's revolution" with no real direction. They want to do this because it is more fashionable for our media hounds; but it is evident that those who were in Tahrir Square were people of all ages, socio-economic groups and styles. It was not dominated by The Muslim Brotherhood, and the Egyptian people and the military have made it clear the Muslim Brotherhood will not be a major player in Egypt's future, but it may be a part of it.

I say this for two reasons:

1. The role of the military in Egypt and its long allegiance to the memory and pattern set forth by Gamal Abdel Nasser.

2. The long civilization of Egypt that has rallied when necessary to throw out foreign conquerors and invaders in the ancient and recent past.

General Naguib and Nasser overthrew, with the help of the military and many civilians, the late King Farouk -- who was a favorite of the British and the Western powers, including America. But shortly after taking power, the military, under Nasser, moved to set up a parliamentary system, a constitution and a role for civilians to run the government. They also allowed a free press and open discussions of national policies, without the rancor we see in present day America. 

Thus, it is not for us to brag about our fabled failing "democracy," because the Egyptians had their own flourishing democracy before Sadat and Mubarak wrecked it with their greed -- a democracy brought to them by the Egyptian Army under Gamal Abdel Nasser, who became president.

Lest one think Nasser was a dictator, let it be known that he helped right the economy, took the Suez Canal for Egypt and then he was betrayed by President Lyndon Johnson, who promised that if Nasser stood down his air force and military, he would guarantee that Israel would not attack. But as we all know, Israel did attack and destroyed the Egyptian military. Egypt lost thousands of its military because of Johnson's duplicity, or of Israel's lie to America. America made no apologies. President Nasser then took the blame and offered his resignation as president, but the people would not hear of it and demanded he stay in office.

Today, this tradition of Nasser is alive and well in Egypt, and that is why we should not listen to the hue and cry of the right wing in America who are already telling the Egyptians who they should and should not allow into government conferences. This shows the disdain some of our ignorant American politicians and political hacks have for Egypt and its great and long civilization. These are the same ignorant people who allow their own people to follow and praise an idiot like Sarah Palin and feature her on TV -- then have the nerve to think they can tell the Egyptian people what they should do!

Fox and the rest of the talking heads on TV should go study Egyptian history, especially of the Nasser era to see what   the real heritage of this revolution is -- not an American revolutionary root, but an Egyptian one!

The Egyptian military will run things until a stable situation is achieved, until a civilian authority is put into place, with a democratic vote for parliament and other offices. In the meantime, I hope the US, Israel, Iran and others will keep their dark OP hands out of Egypt, but I fear they will be meddling and, while rhetorically calling for "democracy," will be trying to subvert it.

My hope is that the Egyptian people will stand strong against outside interference and, if and when they come across the presence of outsiders in their country, will quickly vanquish them, so that they may once again lead the Arab and Muslim worlds, as they did in the time of Gamal Abdel Nasser.

The free world, and true believers in democracy, salute the Egyptian people for their courage, fortitude and sacrifice for their freedom.

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Sam Hamod, Ph.D. is a graduate professor; he has taught courses in creative writing, politics, religion, mass media and intercultural relations. He has one of the very few PhDs awarded by The Writers Workshop of The Univ. of Iowa, has published 12 (more...)
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