The speech of President Gamal Abdel Nasser in the graduation ceremony of a new group of Aviation officers 11/12/1958
Today I am pleased to attend the graduation ceremony of a new group of Aviation College, this means that our air forces increase and strengthen over time. These forces which performed their duty in most difficult times, and worst crisis, Which they always give idealistic examples in maintaining Covenant and maintaining homeland.
Today, I remember among men of aviation, how they performed their duty when they were attacked by the enemies of our country; and how our Air Forces came out to fight Israel who was supported by the French air forces; and How the Arab Air Forces could gain air dominance In the battle of October 29, October 30 and October 31 the year 56. The battle did not include Israel alone, but it included Israel and also France which had not announced that it had participated in the battle.
I also remember how the men of aviation could, on October 30 the year 56, by three Arab airplanes, collapse three Israeli airplanes out of eight attacked the airport on that day; and how three Arab airplanes had been attacked by eight Israeli airplanes, and how Arabic airplanes could triumph over Israel; and how Israel flew escaping on that day. This is a page of glory and this is a page of pride exhibited by the Air Forces in the difficult days of the battle with high spirit; and moral forces were extraordinary and astonishing.
I also remember how the Air Force confronted the aggression in which involved the UK in early November, and how the Air Force stood up to defy the air forces of Britain, France and Israel, without weakness; and they did not hesitate for a moment to perform their duty. Today, I feel we are more stronger and more determined, and that goals which we were all the time striving to get, they have been achieved for we always adhere to ideals, principles, and honor, in order to defend the honor of our country and in order to maintain the dignity of our country.
Nations do not rise by large or small, but nations rise by determination of their sons, their strength, and their strong patience. The Arabs have insisted to achieve for themselves and their country true freedom and true independence. they have decided to build for their country to defend it a real military force; so they can protect this country from the greedy ambitions of aggression and aggressors.
By maintaining principles and maintaining ideals, we will be able to succeed continuously. We will be able to move from victory to victory. We have spent the past years fighting battles, and we entered a long and continuous battles, but we’ve won in all these battles; because we believed in our country, we believed in ideals, We believe in principles. We entered battles; battles to get arms ; and we all remember that days we could not get any plane, but we could achieve victory, And today we see evidently the planes fill the sky by which we feel that we have achieved our precious goal because we have our adherence to principles and ideals.
We could put an end to monopoly of arms, and we got what we need from arms; we also made our own arms because we determined and we knew our way, and we were able to achieve our goal. We also entered multiple battles in other fields; battles in the field of economic. When we know our way, adhering to ideals and principles, we could win the economic battles which waged by major countries and the Great Powers; these countries wanted to control us. When we wanted to achieve goals that we agreed to, we were able to achieve these goals. We overcame aggression and kept our country; Thus, we were also able to win when we stuck to our ideals and principles. the Northern Territory – Syria – met the same pressure and the same conditions, but we were also able to win because we had our adherence to the principles and ideals.
Today, we are the children of the United Arab Republic insist on our goals, we determined also to adhere to the principles and ideals; because they were the way we could win. This will lead us to achieve the goals that we committed great home that we will achieve. I ask God to grant you success; and god may reconcile the Republic, and Arabs everywhere.
Peace be upon you and the mercy of God.