Tuesday, July 06, 2004

30 years enough to forget a war?

As I wrote earlier, US Congressman Tom Lantos will be submitting legislation to eventually eliminate military aid to Egpypt (US$ 1.3 BILLION annually)

In this article it is noted that this is not the first time US representatives draw attention or even sound the alarm on Arab countries and their military build-up:

Quote: 'This is not the first time that US legislators have warned of hostile Egyptian intentions towards Israel - and sometimes they have even been correct. A headline in the Sep. 24, 1971 issue of Maariv blared, "Senator [Henry "Scoop"] Jackson Warns: 100,000 Egyptians are Planning to Cross the Suez Canal." Haggai Segal, who discovered the headline last year, noted that Jackson's warning accurately predicted what happened just two years later: "We have proof of vigorous Egyptian exercises for the purpose of completing military plans to infiltrate [Sinai by] crossing the canal," Jackson said, providing concrete examples of the Egyptian preparations.'

The Yom Kippur war happened 31 years ago. It must seem like Thermopylae to some.

Those who forget the lessons of history are doomed...


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