|Nasser in 1956|
First of all I believe Nasser died on the 5th of June 1967 , it was the death of Nasser as an icon , as a president and as a leader at least for the generation that woke up that morning to found itself stained by the worst military defeat in the 20th century in the Middle East.
This year 2010 the Nasser memorial turned in to another media circus inaugurated by the Heikal’s statements or testimony on that day from 40 days in his show on Al Jazeera and what followed it from angry reactions from the Sadat family especially from his eldest daughter Ruqaya and others who were close enough to witness the death of Nasser like his own physician who refused this allegations.
From one side Heikal did not actually accuse President Sadat by murdering President Nasser by his own hands directly , he was only telling an incident he witnessed three days before Nasser’s death “ yes Sadat made that bloody cup of coffee three days before Nasser’s death !!” Then later he assured that Sadat could not do that to Nasser because of emotional and personal reasons !! It is worth to mention that he said that after preparing the viewers to accept the theory that the whole world wanted Nasser dead and that Sadat poisoned Nasser in the cup coffee he prepared to him in Nile Hilton three days prior to his death to calm him down after wasting hours with Yasser Arafat .
From another side Heikal can’t come now after 40 years and say that Sadat poisoned Nasser because simply we will ask and demand an explanation for Heikal’s silence all those years not to mention his own collaboration with Sadat in early 1970s against the same old Nasser’s men !!
Huda and Abdel Hakim Nasser who are insisting that their father died in abnormal circumstances and will not withdraw the possibility that their father was killed by Sadat after all Sadat fought their dad’s men and his father’s image was defamed in his time !!
|Baby Abdel Hakim with Nasser in 1956|
Now I heard lots of crazy theories about Nasser’s death and I believe the only realistic theory is the official explanation , his body could not take it any longer. The problem of those advocating the Nasser’ death conspiracy theory that they do not look to Nasser as a human being but rather as an idol who can’t get sick as normal people do !!
They do not look to the huge pressure on Nasser especially after the defeat in 1967 , they do not look to the facts that that man suffered from diabetes “a rare kind of diabetes too” and blood pressure plus the man was a smoking machine according to all eye witnesses, they do not look to the fact that on that week from 40 years ago Nasser was heading the talks between the PLO and Jordan to stop the on going mini war between them ; why could not they gather all these facts and reach to the conclusion that Nasser’s heart and mind could not take it anymore and gave up in that early age !!?
|Nobody thought he would die after this photo in few days|
I am not a Nasserite but I think instead of throwing charges diverting our attentions , we can celebrate the man’s achievements and discuss his mistakes for real in order not to repeat them as we have done in the past. Gamal Abdel Nasser is an icon , no one can deny this , he did great things history will not forget and he also did horrible crimes history will not forget , I will not be like some radical Nasserites who think that the history of modern Egypt started on the Egypt Nasser toppled Naguib or it was ended when he died from 40 years ago.
Now I wonder when we will open the Sadat assassination that openly like that !!