Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Six Day War

Today is the 40th anniversary of the start of the Six Day War. In the months previous to June 1967, Arab forces had been building up its military power near Israel's border. In response, on June 5, 1967, Israel launched a pre-emptive attack, on Egyptian, Jordanian, Syrian, and Iraqi airfields. This gave Israel the advantage and they swept to victory over the next 5 days.

In the Time Magazine on Friday, June 16, 1967, they wrote:

"So expert were the Israeli pilots that they seldom seemed to waste a bomb, a rocket or a bullet. Their reconnaissance photos showed plane after plane smashed and burning—with hardly a crater in the runways or the level sands surrounding the targets"

Considering the Arab nations had a combined population of 110,000,000 people compared to a mere 2,700,000 in Israel, this accomplishment was huge.

Conversely, the defeat was so great that some in the Arab world still blame it for most of their problems.

Egyptian columnist Wael Abdel Fattah wrote in the independent weekly Al-Fagr newspaper that Arabs blame the defeat for "everything" — from "price hikes, dictatorship, religious extremism, sectarian strife, even sexual impotence."

Wow. I know scapegoats are common these days, but that's taking it a little too far!

It's a pretty interesting topic, one I would like to read more about if I had the time, and there seems to be quite a bit of material out there. I have a few links and will post them below for anyone who is interested.

References

Time Magazine article - Friday, June 16, 1967
Wikipedia: Six Day War
Yahoo News: Arabs blame problems on 1967 war defeat

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Blogger The Atavist said...

It is always easier to blame someone else for something, rather than taking action to remedy the problem,. The entire world seems to be filled with self-proclaimed 'victims' who blame all the things you mentioned and more on anyone and everyone else. The very notion of considering myself to be a victim of anything repels me. Who in their right mind wants to be perceived as weak and ineffectual?

The mid-east could be a place brimming with propserity and harmony if they would only stop blaming, hating, holding everleasting grudges, and following lunatic leaders

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