El Naschie's Rosa Al-Youssef column is up for Friday, December 31. Whenever I saw you I said Hi. Original Arabic or Google's English translation.
The title of today's column was the title of an article written by Youssef El Sibai, in reference to the eternal leader Gamal Abdel Nasser, El Naschie says. He says El Sibai was accused of hypocrisy, but he doesn't know. He mentions some of El Sibai's works. He says his father, Maj. Gen. Salah El Naschie, wasn't too keen on El Sibai. El Naschie says he likes Nasser a thousand times better than El Sibai, in any case. In fact he'd do any military suicide mission if Nasser ordered it. Nasser brought the Arabs pride and dignity.
Then he asks pardon for being an old man blathering on and on. The reason, he explains, is that EVERY TIME HE SEES HOSNI MUBARAK HE HAS SUCH WARM FEELINGS HE WANTS TO GO UP TO HIM AND SAY HI. Rotflmao! He really says that! He goes on to say that he never worries about himself, only about his family and about Egypt's future. What a guy.
He says he doesn't want the world to end in a nuclear war. He wants Egypt to prosper. He wants the safety of his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. He is fed up with reckless wackos like Adolph Hitler and George W. Bush. "Does that make me an extremist?" he asks.
Realizing he hasn't done enough name-dropping, he mentions «George Bernard Shaw», «Lord Bertrand Russell», and «Anton Chekhov». All this is in the context of likening his own political views with purportedly similar views of the aforementioned greats, with whom he feels kinship. (They barely escape the indignity of having tutored him.) He goes on to remind us of his activist friend Itamar Procaccia of the Weizmann Institute in Israel, about whom we have written.
Hosni Mubarak fills El Naschie with such feelings of stability, security and serenity, in his mind as on the world political stage, that he wishes he could say personally to the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, from his heart, "Hello. And welcome."
There is no column on Saturdays.