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Written by Imad Abdullah   
Sunday, 13 February 2011 09:16

Hello again Peter. Your questions are quite substantive, I'll try with some back-tracking in time.
Back in 1973 (note 1) and in the first days of the war with Israel, Egypt and Syria prevailed over Israel as Egypt under Sadat crossed the Suez Canal and Syria moved heavily from the North. The war had taken Israel by surprise as it did not think the Arabs would dare, although they had earlier notice of the war.
Israel armed its Nuclear bombs and advised president Nixon that they were losing and will not go down by themselves, but will take the whole region with them. This became known as "The Samson Option in reference to Samson destrouing the temple on himself and everyone else. Nixon organized the airlift, and had the war turned around, resulting in the cessation of hostilities. The Israeli Media and their cohorts went thereafter on a campaign to discredit Arab leaders as being failures and unworthy of fights, and of being traitors. This has been a standard approach of discrediting Arab leaders in the eyes of their populations for a long time, and is one reason Arabs blame their leaders first for any mishap.
Enter the new approach by Henry Kissinger, who realized that Egypt needs to be removed from the war front with Israel in order for Israel to have peace. The Carter accord came about, and the incentive for Egypt was to also have peace in order to work on developing the country and create jobs rather than spend on military preparedness. (Israel used to threaten to blow up the Aswan Dam of Egypt).
The US aid to Egypt was part of the deal, although the US in most such instances requires the purchase of American products and US military hardware with the aid. The other part was Egypt selling gas to Israel much cheaper than world prices.
The unfortunate result of removing Egypt was that in 1982 Israel invaded Lebanon, knowing how secure its southern front has become. A million and a half mines were dropped and remain till now in Lebanon.
Though the man in the street in Egypt and the rest of the Arab world does not know the "nuclear arming" story (which has scant publishing and was covered up), Arabs have been at war with Israel in 1939 (with Israeli gangs then), 1948, 1956 invasion of the Suez Canal by Israel, France and Britain, 1967, the 1973 war, 1982, and 1991 which the man in street took as destruction of an Arab power capable of threatning Israel although Saddam triggered it by invading Kuwait thinking he had a green light.
There was the 2004 Iraq again, and the 2006 invasion of Lebanon (I think I am missing one invasion, maybe 2002 of Lebanon, and I did not mention Gaza or the West Bank periodic invasions). As such families of those who died in all these wars over 60 to 70 years whether soldiers or civilians, do not forget, nor will they forgive. Many lost total possessions during such wars in addition to family members.
It is interesting to note that several of the substantive wars were around 10 year intervals, just enough time for countries to accumulate petrodollars and where the timing was used  to "repatriate" the dollars via military hardware sales, cost of wars, or to carry the cost of fleets nearby for protection.
The US Veto at the UN has been the one reason Israel gets away with its course, and as such there is always suspicion of any positive action by the US towards the Middle East. The pressure on US leaders by AIPAC and the like has taken many forms, conceivably even the Monica Lewinsky affair and saving Clinton's semen, and then the blow-up of the affair which was too well organized to be by accident.
Peace between Israel and Egypt has allowed some Arab countries to also remain peaceful, and this results in resources going to develop their countries. As such it had some positives in this regard, but the price was the destruction of Lebanon and which also had another main reason: to force the Arabian Gulf petrodollars to go directly to Europe for safety rather than stop in Beirut and its famous banking establishment.
Maybe this is long and intense, but raising such issues publicly in the US results in discrediting and tarnishing as has happened to a number of enlightened US congressmen such as Illinois Charles Percy and others.

Thanks for your interest in the region and your continuous follow-up. Warmest regards and my apologies for the lengthy reply.
note (1):
the story on the 1973 War is detailed by Seymour Hersh in his book "The Samson Option". From researching Google under "The Samson Option", I found the link herewith that downloads the book directly (free), and the story begins on pages 123.

Imad F. Abdullah, AIA

--- On Sat, 2/12/11, P. D.  wrote:

Good morning, this is being resent on Saturday fm Atlanta, Georgia:

I have been relatively removed from what is going on in the mid east with
regard to Egypt & the region…but I do read & I try to stay informed. 

Question re. the peace accord between Egypt & Israel:  The 1979 Accord was
an agreement forged between Egypt & Israel with a great deal of input from
the United States & the Carter administration at Camp David.  Since it is
generally felt in the Arab world that the U.S. is pro-Israel, & since the
Accord was forged in the U.S., is it the feeling of the “man on the street”
in Cairo that we, the U.S., have been supporting a regime [following Sadat,
Mubarak] through “economic aid” that, in effect, is a payoff to Mubarak et
al. to keep in place an Accord that the average Egyptian believes favors
I may be naïve, but could this be the thinking across the Arab
world…and it’s just something that we [in the U.S.] don’t talk about?  Or is
the Accord generally accepted by Egypt’s neighbors as “good” for relations
between Israel & the rest of the region?  I haven’t really heard any
dialogue regarding this in our press.


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