To write a good story, an epic, a historical tale, you need armies, each fighting under its flag and serving its king. You need revenge and tidy endings. You need castles and walls and old stones. For romantic moments, you need beautiful landscapes. You don’t need awkward moments, silly situations or meaningless sentences. You don’t need reality.
The Arab-Israeli war of 1967 — and the Egyptian-Syrian defeat in it — was one of the most significant moments for the modern Middle East, an overwhelming experience, especially for the Egyptians who suffered not just military and political but also psychological consequences. The story of 1967 is one that Egyptians should explore and remember with nuance and sophistication — and reality.… Seguir leyendo »