A United States of Arab Nations Can it Become a Reality?
The constitution of the federation of three Arab Republics went to a vote before the Egyptian, Syrian and Libyan peoples September 1. The vote was almost 100 percent in favor of federation. The question is: "Can it last?" Syria has amassed at least nine coups d'etat in twenty-five years and as many unsuccessful attempts. Libya's new government is barely celebrating its second anniversary after the overthrow of the monarchy. And Egypt has recently suffered its most serious political upheaval in two decades. For decades, the vision of a unified nation from the Atlantic Ocean to the Persian Gulf has tantalized the leaders of the Arab world. The personification of this dream was the late Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser.
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