I do not know why it is that whenever the American president visits a country, I recall Friedrich Durrenmatt’s play “The Visit” that was later produced into a movie starring Ingrid Bergman and shown in Arab theatres with the name “The old lady’s visit.” The story had become well-known by the end of the 50’s. It is not the story of a lady who returned to her town requesting punishment for the man who raped her and used her wealth to attain a verdict to execute him. It is the story of America which returned to Europe after World War II carrying arms and funds for The Marshall Plan in order to grant the migrants from Europe what they lost before departing to the new world. The play and the later movie were an expression of a world situation that had totally changed after WWII. The Cold War happened and French, British and other small powers’ colonial empires collapsed.
Obama’s destiny is that he reforms the mistakes committed by those who preceded him. This will be his path towards making historyAbdel Monem Said