Egyptian Chronicles: #Oct73 war anniversary : The 2016 edition

Thursday, October 6, 2016

#Oct73 war anniversary : The 2016 edition

On Wednesday , Egypt celebrated the October 1973 War 43rd anniversary.
It was quieter than previous years as far as I could tell.
An Egyptian soldier on the Front in October 1973
An Egyptian soldier on the Front in October 1973 
On Wednesday , Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi attended the commemoration of the war by the Egyptian armed forces along with none other than Sudan's Omar El-Bashir.
As an Egyptian , I felt insulted twice.


Egypt should not have received a war criminal dictator like El-Bashir in the first place.
El-Sisi should not have awarded a war criminal like El-Bashir the Egyptian army's Order of Honor star regardless.
It is an insult for the martyrs in Egypt who died in the 1973 war as well the martyrs who were killed in Sudan whether in North or Sudan , whether in Darfur or South Sudan.
El-Bashir and Sisi
Omar El-Bashir honored during the celebration !!
"Egyptian armed forces" 
It is a shame and sends a wrong message to the world.
By the way, Pro-Sisi supporters do not like Bashir because they believe that he is a pro-MB. I read on social media account that Sisi honored him only to remind him that he is a "military" !!
The Egyptian TV channels aired the same old films about the war as well special programs that stressed on the idea that the Egyptian people were not selfish and consuming in 1973 like now.
Those TV channels and who runs them forget that in 1973 the Egyptian armed forces as well the government made a perfect plan to cover the supplies of the Egyptian people for months before 6 October so they would give any hint to the Israelis that there would be any war !!
Former first Gihan El-Sadat called the Egyptians in 2016 to tolerate the economic crisis and not to eat meat or poultry.
The Egyptian armed forces' Morale department made an effort this year and released short documentaries about the war and its heroes from late commanders. You can find those videos in the Egyptian MOD YouTube Channel.
Mubarak fans went to Maadi military hospital and cheered for him paralyzing the traffic for couple hours , it has become an annual ritual.
For some odd reason , the Israeli Defense Forces "IDF" spokesperson for Arabic Media Avichay Adree shared on his official Facebook page that Egyptian Shaabi top hit "Mafesh Saheb Yetsaheb" {No Friend to befriend} saying that it is popular in Israel "Found that a bit strange" and that he believed that many friends can be trusted totally. "He wrote it in a Levant accent".

The post got nearly 5 thousand comments and mostly they are Egyptian offensive comments as usual.
Now , people are analyzing why he would share like that on the anniversary of October/Yom Kippur war and some are speculating that he is sending that Egypt cannot be trusted !!
Personally , I do not know what he meant but nothing is published on that page except it was intended to send a specific message.
P.S : That annoying hit made over 91 million views on YouTube alone !!
The Israeli embassy in Cairo also posted on its Facebook page a post about the war which was actually a "Ten points about the importance of Yom Kippur war to peace"in Arabic.

Aside from the Israeli's efforts on Social media, Young Egyptians shared wonderful and amazing stories of their parents and grandparents who participated in the war as the true heroes of Egypt.
A group of Egyptian soliders and officers on the Front in 1973
Wonderful photos and testimonies of young Egyptian men on the Front make you proud as well sad considering how Egypt suffers today. Egypt should have been a better place with all those sacrifices.
I pray and I hope things will be different next year inshallah and that we will celebrate that great anniversary as we should. Hopefully , also next year things will change and the Egyptian state will release its 1973 archives to the Egyptians and to the world to let them see the war through our eyes after four decades.
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  1. Even you endorse this war to restore "pride", which is only possible by ignoring the outcome. The whole world faced a nuclear threat, when the former USSR threatened with an invasion of Russian troops in Egypt to stop the advance of the Israeli troops towards Cairo on 20th of October 1973.
    The USA replied with the activation of nuclear weapons in Europe. I remember how angry I was - a 19 year old girl - about the stupid people to cause this problems for nothing.Instead of talking to each other and develop a peace treaty.

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