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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Be Happy!

Gamel Abd-en-Nasser (Hussein) of Egypt

What you think of as troubles and wars in today's Middle East are merely the aftermath of the USA's almost 50 year Cold War against the USSR.

The early leaders of Arab society in the post-World War II era were educated both in Islam as well as the studies of Western politics, economics, or military operations. Gamel Abdel Nasser Hussein in Egypt  was a leader who was such; he was a leader in pan-Arab nationalism, who early on tried to forge an alliance with the Muslim Brotherhood, but soon cast them aside. The antipathy was such that a member of the Brotherhood tried to assassinate him afterwards, resulting in the banning of the Brotherhood and the trial of a number of members, including Sayyid Qutb, who was sentenced to prison.

The West find him intolerable because of his anti-colonialism, which threatened the areas where Britain and France still had power. The US found him to be a threat because of his socialism and agrarian reforms. Then there was Israel Conflict between Israel, the West, and the Arabs,  all throughout the era from 1948 to the present, this conflict being a continuing bottleneck and strangulation of the region for 67 years and counting.

Even though President Eisenhower did not support Britain, France, and Israel in their attack against the newly nationalized Egyptian Suez Canal, this support soon changed:


In January 1957, the US adopted the Eisenhower Doctrine and pledged to prevent the spread of communism and its perceived agents in the Middle East. Although Nasser was an opponent of communism in the region, his promotion of pan-Arabism was viewed as a threat by pro-Western states in the region. Eisenhower tried to isolate Nasser and reduce his regional influence by attempting to transform King Saud into a counterweight.Also in January, the elected Jordanian prime minister and Nasser supporter Sulayman al-Nabulsi brought Jordan into a military pact with Egypt, Syria, and Saudi Arabia.
 Of course, the CIA participated in trying to advance the interests of the house of Sa'ud against the interests of Nasser's Egypt. This created the path to 9/11 and eventually to ISIS.
The freezing out of Egypt resulted in its turning to the USSR, whose backing helped to finish building the High Dam at Aswan.

This is a gross simplification of history, but delve into it and see that we should indeed be happy, for the state of Iran is nothing but the fulfillment of our designs to impose a corrupt Shah upon a country, and 9/11 was the result of the rise of fundamentalist Wahhabism which flourished in the hothouse of support for Sa'ud.

What appears to be deviltry and beheadings is merely celebrations of a job well done.



I have adopted a new form to write the anglicized version of Arab nomeclature.
For example, Mr. Nasser's name:

1) the correct spelling appears to be Nāsir or sometimes anglicized Naasir, meaning "helper" and full meaning "helper to victory",

2) Abd  means "servant",

3) "en" is the form of the definite article "al" spoken with a barely pronounced  " ə " instead of "a"
before a word beginning with "n" , where the "l" becomes a doubled "n" sound.

4) since the phrase means "servant of He who helps (to victory)", it is all one expression of noun modified by a noun in the genitive case, and they should not be separated,
Abd-en-Nāsir  or Abd-en-Nasser" as above.

You can see this spelled a number of ways:
Abd en Nasser,
Abd el Nasser,
Abd al Nasser,
Abd an-Nasser
and the list goes on.

Since grammatically these expressions are treated as one whole grammatical utterance, Abd-en-Nasser seems logical to me.

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