Between dreams of July 23rd and nightmare of June 5th [Archives:2007/1077/Opinion]

August 16 2007

By: Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Maqaleh
By the advent of last June – specifically in the fifth day of this month – the Arabs awoke up after being disturbed by voices of the Arab press that suffered a pessimistic day, which is the 5th of June, 1967. They marked the passage of 40 years after the tragic and painful setback that damaged the press. Some of those who never read about history and don't feel the movement of life and passage of time, believed that such a pessimistic day in the history of Arabs is still remaining tragic without any change, and they shape a bad image in their minds whenever they face the fifth of June every year.

Regretfully, the Arab press or part of it doesn't use such tragic occasion to get a useful lesson from the unprecedented defeat and read the real-life situation in light of the relevant consequences. But, they paused on this occasion to recognize the tunes of destruction and the harm of their nations. Further, they open a wider gap for punishing themselves and avenge against several glorious stages of the modern history, which started with the 23rd-of-July Revolution.

Forty years now following the tragic day, two or three generations were born and raised after the tragedy. These generations are not held responsible for what happened 40 years ago, but they will be responsible for what will happen or take place in the days to come. The press and other media means are required to work hard on interpreting what happened in light of its own circumstances and within the frame of conspiracies and mistakes that caused the setback in case they don't get badly affected by memories of the tragedy.

No wonder, the hit was tough and painful and it is impossible for people to forget it. It is true that its consequences are still effective in the contemporary life of Arabs. Such a tragedy is not the end of the cosmos nor is it the last line in the history of a live nation that continues fighting its enemies and fiercely resists any attempt to shake its security or stability, or to damage its religious principles. This nation has strong faith that the roots of present time destructions and sufferings don't stem from the 5th of July defeatism, instead they are the result of accepting the defeat and admitting its effective consequences in the life of today.

In 1973, the Arabs succeeded to overcome the tragic setback psychologically and they were about to overcome any material negatives caused by the setback, but their efforts were thwarted by the ugly treason that created new factors for the tragedy to continue for a longer period of time. They could open the Arab and non-Arab doors for the Zionist enemies to exploit and invest the setback and extend it for a longer period of time. As a result of the ugly treason, the biggest Arab country was eliminated from the confrontation. In the meantime, the Arab press and other media means had to pause – on such a sad occasion – at this dimension and concentrate on the situation of Arab states and their peoples, who are still having strong faith in their nation and are more able to sacrifice all they have in an attempt to deter the policy of horrification and intimidation exploiting what happened in July 5, 1967. This policy also uses what happened in March 2003 in Iraq where the patriotic resistance is insisting on giving the invaders a unique and unprecedented lesson in the global history.

For more confirmation and care for closing the files of self-punishment, as we learned from the pessimistic day of June 5, we have to be reminded that life consists of a conflict between triumph and defeat, and that June 5 defeat, though tough it had been, was an integral approach to harmony, solidarity, and understanding the risk of the enemy, which is planted deeply in the heart of the Arab citizen. The risky enemy of Arabs awoke at the suitable moment to destroy any progress or development reached by one of the Arab states.

The worst thing is that some media dared to host individuals claiming to belong to Abdunnasser's Egypt while the onlookers discovered that these people are malicious elements and suffer nearsightedness. These individuals are found to trigger animosity toward Arabs and the great July Revolution, as well as the achievements this revolution reached in the life of Arabs. It was revealed that these individuals are Pharaohs and not Arabs, and this is an introductory evidence of their being non-Muslims. Those who intentionally deny their being Arabs never hesitate to deny their being Muslims.

We would like to say to our frustrated brothers in the Egyptian land that the consecutive events throughout history tell that 'During its war in 1967, Egypt was defending the homeland and the people. It was fiercely resisting slogan of the Hebrew State, which says that 'The Israeli State extends from Euphrates to Nile', not from Yemen to Algeria. The slogan claims that it is the Israelis who constructed the Pyramids in Egypt and made the civilization of the Arab states.

Proving his distinctive presence in the world of short stories and drama writing, Sameer Abdulfatah declared his entry into the world of novel writing through the best novel of his product “Mr. M”. I don't know from where Mr. Sameer got this nice language and the unique use of figurative expressions. To be brief, the Novel of “Mr. M” is an attempt to study the human soul and chaotic circumstances it is exposed to.

Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Maqaleh is Yemen's prominent poet and intellectual. He is the director of the Yemeni Center for Studies

Source: Al-Thawra State-run Daily