For many years, the absence of a national project remained one of the quickest reasons given for any problem that Egypt, or the regime, faced. When Hosni Mubarak was in power, his opposition criticized him for not having a national project to unite the Egyptians - as if this was the defect that divided people. This idea expanded until the expression was used by anyone who wanted to summarize the country’s situation. They would say “our problem is that we don’t have a national project.” Most of those who address issues from such an angle bring up Gamal Abdel Nasser’s policies and his dam project.
These days, conversations relate to the importance of restoring a national project, and encouraging the feelings that come along with such a project. Many ideas have been suggested. Some talk about the Suez Canal project and others talk about the Toshka project or the Wadi al-Natrun project or the path of development and reconstruction project. The problem is that their understanding of the concept of a national project is narrow, and they are obsessed with Abdel Nasser’s experience and his defiance of the international community, his insistence to build the high dam and his willingness to teeter on the brink of war for the sake of the project. Those who dream of such a condition were incapable of placing this condition within the context of its historical, political, international and domestic circumstances which reigned back then when such stances were highly praised. Those drowned in the past cannot evoke this state in the minds of some youths who did not bear witness to that era in history, and they also cannot comprehend the huge changes which the world witnessed over the past decades.
I hope that the upcoming president clearly and frankly announces that saving Egypt is his first and major projectAbdel Latif el-Menawy