United Egyptians Rally!
By: Deniz Evlioglu and Nathan Nguyen
Pan-Arabism is the idea that all Arabs should form one nations to become united under the Islamic faith. This concept has been a good form of political aspiration, giving way to the acceptance of the already existent Arab state, contributing to a sense of Arab cultural unity and political harmony. With aspirations for developing a massive Arab-speaking province, these nationalist stirrings began in the Fertile Crescent before WWI. The movement was articulated by elites from Iraq, Palestine, and Syria, who had a hope of creating a nation of the "Arab East". The high point of the movement came when Pan-Arabist activists approached Jamal 'Abd al-Nasir of Egypt. Nasir concurred and the result was the United Arab Republic, a state uniting Syria and Egypt under Nasir's rule. However, 3 years after its formation, Syrian military activists revolted, splitting the UAR, essentially putting an end to Pan-Arabism as it was known. Although Pan-Arabism has in a way been put to an end, the League of Arab States still exists, cooperating in the fields of economics, sciences, and culture.
Call to Action
However, Pan-Arabism must rise again! This will allow us, Egypt, to communicate past the geographical barriers that separate us from the other Arab states (as of now). This would lead to economic, cultural, and medical prosperity, allowing Egypt to develop and thrive. As well, unity amongst Muslims from different nations will stabilize the rather precarious state of the Middle East.
The Egyptians, fueled by Soviet weaponry and money, were the first to initiate the crisis. Due to their frustration with the US for not upholding their promises of providing funds and construction for the Aswan Dam on the Nile River, Nasser, the leader of the Egyptian state ordered that the Suez Canal by seized and nationalized. At one point, Nikita Khrushchev, the leader of the Soviets at the time, threatened to rain nuclear missiles over western Europe if France and Britain did not withdraw their forces from Egypt. At this point, US president Dwight Eisenhower intervened, warning Khrushchev that this was unwise. However, Eisenhower also threatened France and Britain with economic sanctions if they did not withdraw. His threats worked, and by 1957, all forces with withdrawn from Egypt.
Call to Action
As the strong Egyptian nation that we are, we must rally together to seize the land that is rightfully ours. What business do the British think they have controlling a piece of land that is on Egyptian soil? This is unjust, and must be put to an end! Although it is three nations versus ourselves, if were unite together, we will prevail!
The Suez Crisis