新世纪的新联盟

1970年,我作为美国代表团的一员前往埃及参加纳赛尔总统的葬礼。当时,埃及与苏联紧密结盟。我们抵达开罗之时,苏联的存在随处可见,到处都是苏联坦克、导弹和士兵。

我们预定在在访问中会见萨达特。鉴于当时两国之间的紧张关系,代表团中无人确信会发生什么。让我们惊讶的是,萨达特告诉我们说,他实际上对美国报有尊敬。原因呢?他作为一名年轻的军官曾经访问过我国并度过了美好的时光。

事实上的确如此。上台两年内,萨达特把苏联人驱逐出了埃及,而且开始与美国建立友谊。尽管存在挑战和不时的分歧,这一友谊证明是重要的而且比以往更为具有价值。

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