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Egypt longs for a hero

Celebrating history leaves Egypt's youth nostalgic

By Rachel Aspden  

On Saturday evening, I was sitting in a car stalled five abreast with delivery trucks and battered minibuses on the highway beside Cairo’s 6th October War Panorama. The traffic was unusual for a public holiday: Egypt’s annual celebration of the 1973 war with Israel. Like every vehicle around us, our radio was tuned to the evening’s unmissable broadcast: Egyptian president Muhammad Morsi’s celebratory speech from the stadium whose floodlights glowed behind the panorama building.

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