It was both thrilling and strange to hear the song Teslam al-Ayadi (which is dedicated to the Egyptian armed forces) as we approached the U.N. headquarters in New York. The sound increased as we neared. We could also hear people chanting enthusiastically for Egypt as the song played. When we arrived there, we saw that many were so excited they could not hold back their tears. There were men, women, children, Muslims and Copts. All of them chanted enthusiastically as they genuinely smiled.
These people celebrated the restoration of their country although they are thousands of miles away. They celebrated the restoration of a hijacked country which all Egyptians thought would remain in an unrestored state. But it was God’s will that the country’s own sons protect it and save it from an unknown future. The country was thus liberated by the people and the army and we restored what we thought was lost forever. It thus made sense to find a banner reading “our army is the people and our people is the army.” The expression seems complicated but it truly expresses the Egyptians’ feelings. All Egyptians realized this truth which some tried to conceal. Circumstances that surrounded Egypt during the past years helped achieve the latter aim and crated some sort of separation between the people and the army. But proper understanding and trust in the army’s role in forming the Egyptian state was restored. The Egyptians rediscovered their army. They thus wiped the dust off the eternal relationship between the army and the people.
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Egyptians rediscovered their army. They wiped the dust off the eternal relationship between the army and the peopleAbdel Latif el-Menawy