The Revolution was dramatic but perhaps more dramatic was Nasser's Egyptianization of the Suez Canal -- the canal was representative of the exploitation of Egypt by European powers for centuries. By claiming the canal for Egypt, securing it, and running the canal subsequently, Nasser made good on his promise to improve the everyday lives of the masses. Pride of ownership was only one aspect of this effort; pride of country, pride of leadership, pride of person was enormously improved. As mentioned in Related Links, Nasser's Suez Canal speech can be heard on his Homepage and I am linking it separately here for ease of access.
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Egypt's NASSER and Nasser's EGYPT
why did you leave us GAMAL?