This is the kind of historical revisionism that eventually leads a country into a war.
Mohammed Badie, the Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, who had previously claimed that it is every Muslim’s duty to wage war on Israel, got caught tinkering with history when he claimed that the Yom Kippur War was a “Great October Victory” that was won through Egyptians turning to Allah.
The “brilliant victory” Badie added, “abolished the Zionist myth that its army was invincible.”
If your definition of a military victory is proving that a country that is a tiny fraction of your size isn’t invincible, then you’re really setting the bar low.
The Yom Kippur War was a surprise attack on the holiest day of the Jewish calendar with the Muslim side having twice as many troops and nevertheless took Four times as many casualties and lost Five times as many tanks in the greatest tank battles of the 20th Century.
Only a bloody lunatic thinks a war where the enemy loses 400 tanks and they lose over 2,000 tanks is any kind of victory. In this case the victory appears to be Israeli forces only 63 miles from Cairo.
And Badie would like Egyptians to believe that this was an amazing victory that they won by turning to Allah. With the implied suggestion that Allah and Islamization can help them win an even bigger victory.
But here’s where the propaganda turns really dangerous.
During the memorial ceremony, which was held at Cairo’s soccer stadium, Morsi said “today is a day of victory. This has been a happy day for the past 39 years. The commanders and soldiers crossed the Suez Canal, demolished the Bar-Lev line and entered Sinai. It was a decisive campaign, and thanks to Allah Egypt retrieved not only its land, but also its dignity and pride.”
The Yom Kippur War did not retrieve any land. Invading Israel failed. What retrieved the land was Sadat’s peace deal with Israel.
Morsi is sticking with the Muslim Brotherhood’s agenda of undermining the Camp David Accords while promoting an imaginary world where Egypt got the Sinai by defeating Israel in 1973, instead of by signing a peace treaty.
Propaganda like this paves the way for war and Islamization. And few people are paying attention.
(But if Morsi really wants to wrap himself in the flag of the “October Victory”, that was Mubarak’s war. Despite being 22 during the war, Morsi apparently only served in 1975. to 1976 in the chemical warfare division.)