If anyone searches the Internet for info about the war or asks a foreigner what they know about that war, the result is one thing... The Israelis won!
As for us Arabs\Muslims, we believe we won (at least us Egyptians won on our side).
Why Foreigners think we lost the war?
On the 14th of October a little gap happened between the Egyptian 2nd and 3rd army. That gap was utilized by a little group of Israeli forces. The Israeli forces seize a bridgehead and crossed the other side of the Canal (into the Egyptian front, the West side of the Canal).
By the 22nd more Israeli forces were able to make it on the other side of the Canal (West side).
When there was a seize fire issued by the United Nations (which Egypt and Israel agreed upon) on the 22nd of October… Israel broke the Seize fire and made a maneuver that made it cut off the Egyptian 3rd Army's supply line.
Regardless of Israel not abiding to the UN seize fire (which doesn't shock any of us), the fact was… Israeli army trapped the third army.
The war stopped on the 28th of October with this status.
To summarize their (non-Arabs) point, Egypt's third army was besieged, Israeli army was in a better position… Israel won, Egypt was defeated!
Lets take it in parts..
1- "The forigners think we lost the war because Egypt's third army was besieged"
I ask a question…
What about the 2nd army?
If Egypt had only the 3rd army out there, I might understand your point.
But for heavens sake, Israel cornered one part of our army so you decide that: "Hey! you're beaten…I cornered part of your army!".
It's as if we are playing chess and you say:"Hey! I cornered your Queen!"… Anyone would answer:" Yeah! What about all the rest of the pieces?! Have I surrendered? Have you finished off everything I have? Has the game finished?".
2- "The foreigners think we lost the war because Israeli army was in a better position"
Better position eh?! OK, check this out…
The Israeli forces wanted to capture a city to be able to make a propaganda launch of its success. They tried invading Suez city, but were beaten to a pole by the civil resistance and Egyptian army commandos… the blown up Israeli tanks' still stand near the dessert of Suez city till now!
So, Israeli army was unable to capture a city with only commandos and civil resistance troops and you want to convince me that they could win the whole war?!!!
COME ON!!! Do you actually believe that?
Another thing, the Israeli army was about 400 Kilos from Tel Aviv (Capital and main supply line).
That long stretch (strategically wise) is very difficult to maintain. I mean imagine if the war went beyond the 24th of October… do you think it wouldn't be easy to maintain that long line of supply????
Another fact of life, in all wars (even before they start) there is one side that has an upper hand (by numbers of troops or the battle field situation), does that mean that they have won the war just because they are in a better position at a certain point of time??
There are many examples of wars where a mighty army of one side lost against a smaller (and in a worse position) army! READ HISTORY FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE…lol
Who knows what might have happened if the war was to go on!!
There was a seize fire and disengagement at the end of the war! Israel neither demolished the Egyptian army, nor did the Egyptian Army surrender!
OK, another point..
3- What is defeat? Please define it!
Here are some definitions:
- an unsuccessful ending
- get the better of: win a victory over;
- match that is lost, the opposite of a win.
- the feeling that accompanies an experience of being thwarted in attaining your goals
- demolish, destroy
To decide if Israel "defeated us", we must ask...What was Egypt's goal from this war?
Obviously, as we all know. Israel invaded Sinai in the 1967 war. Unsuccessful to get out land back by any peaceful means (I wonder why…lol), Egypt had to do something drastic!
Anwar Al Sadat (Egypt's President) said it very clear to his Army commanders before the war:" Put me 12 soldiers on the other side of the Canal (East Side, Israeli front), and I will get Sinai back by negotiations!".
The goal was clear… it was not to destroy all the Israeli army, nor to free Jerusalem.
The goal was to put some troops on the other side of the Canal and do well from then on. After that, Diplomacy!
That was Al Sadat's goal before the start of the war.
To prove the success of this war (for Egyptians), what Al Sadat wanted actually did happen!
We (Egypt) got back our land a few years later through negotiations and a peace treaty. This was never to be possible without that great war that happened in 1973!
Even fair foreigners say this (although I refrain): "Israel won the war military wise, and Egypt won the war strategically!".
Bottom line is, whether you believe Egypt won or not...
We got our land back… that is what counts :)
We have all the right to celebrate...and if you have a problem with it...EAT IT :)
I leave you now with a final illustration of what happened on the 6th of October War (Yom Kippur War)... ENJOY :)
Hey Israelis, I wonder what you were running from...lool!
Mood: Proud :)