“My Egyptian wife calls me King Pharoah!” a former Turkish peacekeeper told me at the U.N.Delegates Lounge. “I call her Queen Cleopatra since she admires actress Elizabeth Taylor who plays ‘Cleoptra’ together with actor Richard Burton.”
“Cleopatra was a Macedonian Greek who posed as the Egyptian Goddess Isis and schemed to unite Egypt with Rome to finish the world conquest of Alexander the Great!” he added. “The movie is a story of triumph and tragedy for Cleopatra since she prevailed over Julius Ceasar who was assassinated, and then prevailed over Marc Antony who failed to take Ceasar’s place!” He kept talking:
“Napoleon conquered Egypt and tried to displace us Turks in Palestine. He became infected with Alexander’s notions of world conquest, crowned himself Emperor of Europe, and then made the mistake of invading Russia just as Hitler did!” It was now my turn to talk:
“When George W Bush called Iraq under Saddam Hussein and Iran under Khomaeni part of the Axis of Evil do you think he was displaying a Napoleonic Complex of Conquest?” I asked, he responding diplomatically: “Who can say, but America has changed since then! Your president today won’t even attend the approaching Russian Olympics since he doesn’t like their domestic policies!” He was not explicit.
“Does your Egyptian wife fear Russian involvement in Egypt? Remember it was Czar Alexander who defeated Napoleon and occupied Paris, and Stalin who mainly defeated Hitler! Perhaps Putin is the new Alexander the Great?” I said with a mouthful of words. He laughed:
“China just signed a strategic relationship with Ukraine which is now unde their nuclear protection, and the Russian population is dwindling. The 21st Century belongs to Asia with perhaps India taking the lead in the 22nd Century! Demographics decides the geopolitical future!”
He was a man of substance I discovered when U.N.Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon sat at our table saying to him:”My hope is that the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power! That is my quest!” I then ordered my own special blend of coffee mixed with ginger powder for zest, cocao power for zip, cinnamon powder for zap, and a touch of Irish whiskey. We all together with the security guards sang “Happy New Year!”