People of our beloved Egypt always prove how deep their noble values are, atop of these values are loyalty and expressing gratitude. They always prove that they haven’t lost the will to dream of a better reality and future. We can see all this represented in their stance towards Gamal Abdel-Nasser whom we celebrate his birth centenary these days.
When we say people of our beloved Egypt, we mean the broad masses of peasants, small owners of agriculture land, laborers, skilled professionals of different specialties, intellectuals of diverse ideologies, also soldiers out of whom Gamal Abdel-Nasser came… as to those who kept for long decades spending money and plotting conspiracies for assassinating Nasser alive or assassinating his character after he left our world, they represent a minority of the Egyptian people. How shameful for that bunch that their billions they spent over satellite channels, newspapers and traitors went in vain and proved nothing but their failure when they see how Nasser is still present not only in Egypt, the Arab nation, Africa and the third world, but in the unbiased intellectual circles in the developed world as well.
Some wonder: what is left from Nasser? and I believe it’s better to say: what is left for Nasser? Some others wonder: what if Nasser lived and faced what took place of changes. Such question has nothing to do with the scholar discipline of history, for history does not recognize such thing as “what if”, rather it recognizes that there are incidents that took place and which had beginnings and courses and produced results; those results should be discussed and interpreted to take lessons from them in order to benefit the present and establish for the future.
What is left for Nasser is his pure Egyptian composition; meaning simplicity, spontaneity, sense of humor and assuming burdens. And before and after all this, his continuous strong feeling of dignity and pride, and consequently connecting those traits to the national sovereignty and people.
What is left for Nasser is his outstanding ability to respond to challenges. The bigger and tougher the challenge is, the stronger the response. There are tens of situations and incidents confirming that taking into consideration that the challenges were not only foreign, like the challenge of old occupation, the Zionist enemy, modern imperialist colonization, challenge of keeping the Nile flooding, challenge of dismantling the Arab nation and challenge of fighting reactionary powers in the region; those which used religion in fighting nationalism and Arab-nationalism, all those and more were foreign challenges facing him. However, there were also domestic challenges that were not less serious, like the challenge of national independence, challenge of achieving comprehensive planned independent development, challenge of fighting poverty, ignorance and diseases, challenge of thwarting attempts fueling doctrinal and sectarian strife, challenge of standing against powers opposing change, challenge of building a strong national army… in general, the challenge of achieving renaissance and defending the country.
In response to all those challenges, he adopted policies and made achievements that some of them were recorded in the international history like the High Dam which is internationally considered as the most important construction project in the twentieth century.
What is left for Nasser are the millions of Egyptians who realized that their personal dignity is connected to their country’s dignity and to their right in having life; having food, water, health services, education, knowledge, culture, art and work, in addition to hundreds of thousands of engineers, doctors, technical professionals, lawyers, accountants, teachers and many others who graduated from the universities spread nationwide and who were the makers of renaissance and messengers of our beloved Egypt to its Arab nation and African continent.
What is left for Nasser are his endeavors to stand up for the rights of the people of Egypt in all directions; what is more important and comprehensive is his ability to dream; that was what distinguished and pushed him to achieve what he achieved and then leave our world while he was only 52; his dream of a liberated country, free citizen and a united Arab nation expanding from the Atlantic Ocean to the Indian Ocean, dream of a third world liberated from colonization, subordination to major international powers and under-development, dream of an international world based on justice and mutual respect among nations; dream of a balanced human who knows how to satisfy his conscience and make balance between his mind, soul, feelings and body, that’s why Egypt’s soft power grew exponentially in cinema, theater, folkloric arts, singing, music, and opera and operetta as well.
If we knew in details what is left for Nasser, we would definitely know why he, represented in his method, vision and dream, became a standard model residing in people’s conscience, as one sees them connecting their reality to what was in Nasser’s dream. We would also know why the masses still raise his picture and chant his name at every big political event, not only in Egypt but in many countries all over the world from Palestine to Latin America.
Based upon all that, one can understand the ferocity practiced against his character, method, dream, history and achievements as if the man is still alive; such ferocity by those whose only sacred thing is gaining profits and accumulating fortunes even if it was dirty money made from corruption and exploiting the efforts of workers, peasants and employees, to the extent that those bunch considered conspiring with the occupier and aggressor an acceptable behavior even if the result is destroying the whole country and threatening its security, safety and future of its generations.
The identity of those who conspired and cooperated first with the British occupation, then worked in media institutions of the aggressor in 1956 war and even celebrated the victory of the Zionist enemy in 1967 and some of them prayed to God thanking him for what happened, is no longer a secret.
Finally but not last, this conflict will last as long as there are goals that were, are and will always be present in our national agenda; such as defending our national sovereignty and independence, fighting the aggressors either foreign or terrorism on the domestic level, and not ending by achieving social equality which is the pearl of all dreams of millions of people.
Translated into English by: Dalia Elnaggar
This article was published in Al Ahram newspaper on January 15, 2018.
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