Egyptian Policy and the Middleast
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BIOGRAPHICAL NOTEAmbassador Basheer has his B.S. in political economy from the University of Alexandria and his M.A. in political economy from Harvard University. He has done additional graduate work at Princeton. The career of the Ambassador has included: Egyptian Ambassador to the Arab League; Egyptian Permanent Mission to the United Nations; Ministry of Presidential Affairs, Cairo; Member of several Delegations to the United Nations General Assembly; service in the United Kingdom; Member of the Egyptian Delegation to the Geneva Peace Conference in 1973; Ambassador and Supervisor of Presidential Press Affaris; and, Permanent Egyptian Delegate to the Arab League.SUMMARY Basheer chronicled 6,000 years of Egypt's history as the first nation-state (competing with China for that title). Claimed that Arabs had no difficulties with the United States until the awakening of U.S. jews with the WWII holocaust; now the US sees every Middle East issue through Israeli eyes. Despite U.S. criticism of Israeli settlement policy, the U.S. still backs Israeli demands on Palestinians that are too high, calls any resistance to Israeli occupation "terrorism." Sadat in 1972 toldUSSR to go home and asked Kissinger for talks. Kissinger responded, "Who's Sadat?" Thus 1973 War which ended only when G. Meir asked for Kissinger's help. Egypt (Ismael) and Israel (Issac) talked after Kissinger's Shuttle Diplomacy. Khadaffy is a "puritan from the desert" who wants to unify with Egypt to reshape destiny of the region, but he rides trends (Islam, Arab unity, socialism) but Egypt resists him. Be aware that "terrorism" is a trap set for the United States. When the U.S. pays attention to Khaddafi it's a great success for him. When Sharon invaded Lebabnon, the U.S. took a vacation; that leads to terrorism too. The "peace game" is the only one that will work.