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History Lessons Not Learned in Class

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(Photo credit: Ceola Oware.The Unknown Soldier Memorial, Egypt.)
(Photo credit: Ceola Oware.The Unknown Soldier Memorial, Egypt.)

As we enter this month of mental health awareness, I could not help but make the connection between sometimes significant hardships, which eventually lead to progress. Whenever we encounter struggles, the reward is to become stronger. As we all know what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, unless there is a war between countries.

From the beginning of time, society has engaged in war. Since we can’t change history, we can improve the future by focusing on the good results which occur.

As I celebrated my birthday, I also took the time to learn about the significant chain of events. Events in the middle east which occurred on the exact day many years before I was born.

The 6th of October marked the beginning of the Arab/ Israel war, also known by other names such as the October War, Ramadan War and Yom Kippur War. On the 6th of October 1973, Egypt & Syria went to war with Israel.

Egypt and Syria were leaders of the Arab delegation, including eight other countries, and was supported by the Soviet Union, while the United States supported Israel. As with the tumultuous history regarding the middle east, the war was over the occupation of the Sinai and Golan regions strategically located between countries.

Egypt was the first Arab country to recognize Israel as a state, with an official state visit from then third Egyptian President Muhammad Anwar Sadat to meet with Israeli President. This was an incredibly significant step in mending relationships between countries.

The Camp David Accords negotiations, under then U.S. President Jimmy Carter, later led to the Egypt & Israel Peace Treaty. The treaty made Egyptian President Sadat very unpopular both within Egypt and the Arab world. Both Presidents of Egypt & Israel shared the 1978 Nobel Peace prize.

Sadat was assassinated on the 6th of October in 1981, by fundamentalist army officers due to the peace treaty with Israel. With so much potential for the future, it is unfortunate how people dwell on the differences based the present.

The Unknown War Memorial in Cairo, Egypt, was built as a monument in honor of Egyptians and Arabs who lost their lives during the war. The site was also chosen for President Sadat’s tomb after his assassination in October 1981.

Every day the sunrises is another day for hope.
I pray that one day, there will be peace in currently one of the most volatile regions in the world, the middle east.

There is underlying goodness in humanity and situations always work themselves out. Everything begins with a single step. Glad to learn about the strides made in history.

Although not every agrees on the outcome or “winners” of the conflict, eventual “wellness” came from war. To look back is to look at the foundations created and know they are building blocks for more. Although the story of the 6th of October was a brief history lesson for me, what it represents is monumental in human relations.

Who knew birthdays were meant for learning…

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