Wednesday, January 7, 2009

The Strange Roads in Human History - Anwar Sadat

Another of my digressions from the arts, for which I apologize:
The world knows, of course, of the Camp David Accords, brokered by President Jimmy Carter, and signed by the Heads of State; namely, Anwar Sadat of Egypt and Menachem Begin of Israel, which resulted in the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt, an unprecedented act in the history of the Middle East.
This act of courage on the part of Sadat was repaid by way of his assassination in 1981 by the Fundamentalists we now call the Jihad.
What is generally not known is that during World War II, during the Battle of Africa, a small coterie of young Egyptian officers, known as the New Officers, was preparing to welcome the legendary Desert Fox, Erwin Rommel, at that time Hitler's favorite, into Cairo and Alexandria, upon the defeat of the Allies, which, of course, never took place. One of those officers was Anwar Sadat.
How strange, how inexplicable it is to be witness to the saga dealing with the man who readied himself as a welcomer of the Nazi horde at one point in his life, followed over a generation later by his signing a treaty of peace with the nation formed by the Holocaust.

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