Today is the 45th anniversary of six days war defeat , A defeat that we suffer from its consequences up till now and I am not speaking about the loss of Golan and East Jerusalem but I am speaking about how that defeat affected a whole generation that still suffers from its impact up till now and unfortunately this generation is leading the scene in Egypt.
I remember this when I see in the history of Khairat El Shater and Abdel Moneim Abu El Fotouh how the defeat made them turn in to Islamists as young students, I remember how the current governor of New Valley Army General Tarek El Mahdy said on Rotana Masreya once that the #Jan25 Revolution achieved the goals of the 1967 generation.
Unfortunately my little conversations with army officers online and offline show that they think that the defeat was only military related to bad choice of commanders that was erased by the 1973 war.
Now Army officers tell me that the army will not fall in to the same mistakes and the six days war will not happen again , well I am sure from military point of view it will not happen again insh Allah but what I care is the political decision more than anything. We are on the verge of the unknown and honestly You can not change the military mindset after 60 years so simply in two years nor you can expect old commanders who ages are all over 60 years old to think in the same as young revolutionaries.
I am afraid to say that the 1960s mindset is still among army officers and it is enough to see how they mobilize and promote for Ahmed Shafik online and offline just because he is a military man. Yes you will find them speaking about his platform which unfortunately I have not seen or read as other platforms in details.
Just one look to the Military secrets account on twitter , you will feel that Ahmed Said , the famous Radio host in 1960s is its admin . Today Military secrets account threatened Tahrir square protesters and accused the Muslim brotherhood indirectly of killing the protesters in a new version of 1954. Sadly enough all the old regime TV hosts and journalists are back doing in what they are doing best from kissing the regime’s ass deceiving the public to please the regime.
Once an officer in the air forces told me on twitter that he and his generation from officers will no salute or obey a civilian president as the commander of chief.
Despite you would rarely see an army officer speaking about himself as an officer or about the army before the revolution online whether on twitter and Facebook , you got tons of officers now bragging with their uniforms on twitter speaking about politics in a way that concerns you for real about the national security of this country.
The Six days war defeat in 1967 was the direct result of politics and the military rule as it came out from the book. You got got dictatorship , you got rivalry between Nasser and Amar and you got an army absence from any accountability or supervision.
Nasser kept Abdel Hakim Amar despite his failure in 1956 Suez war and Yemen War not to mention his ultimate fiasco in Syria and the UAR. In Democratic societies Amar would be kicked out his position but Nasser kept him because ironically he feared that Amar would lead a coup against him.
The six days war defeat would not have not occurred in that way or even happened at all if there were a parliament supervising that army as well the intelligence with big eyes holding their commandership accountable like any civilized nation.
The six days war defeat would not have not occurred if we had then a true constitution that organizes the relationship between the army and the state , the president and the government.
Idolizing Nasser as well the army brought that defeat ,isolating army from the correct political supervision claiming its treason is what brought that defeat. Claiming that only military knows the best interest of the country and anyone else to say something opposing their view then is a traitor or insane is what brought this defeat in Egypt.
We are all still paying for the price of that defeat up till now and I am afraid that history repeats itself , we are on the verge of 1954 and after 1954 came all our military and political defeats. I fear that we are heading to another 1967 in our own way where everybody will pay whether people or army or anyone who lives in this country.
I write this post and I know that I will find people who will accuse me of being hostile of the Egyptian army and its enemy , those people are well educated from considerably economically stable background claiming to be liberals where as their right categorization is : Right Wing nationalists !!