fear that the M.T.L.D., though perhaps not directly implicated, might take advantage of the troubles to advance its own revolutionary designs. However, the Government, with greater discernment, also pointed an accusing finger at Cairo.
For months, the "Voice of the Arabs," broadcast over Cairo radio, had been calling on the Algerians to revolt. "Brethren," it exulted on All Saints' Day, " Algeria has returned to the heroic and glorious struggle for the cause of freedom, Arabism, and Islam! After a retreat contrived by imperialism, and which lasted nine years, Algeria today proudly lifted her head everywhere. Today, fifth day of the month of Rabia I, corresponding to November 1, 1954, at one o'clock in the morning, Algeria began to live a worthy and honorable life. Today a powerful elite of the free children of Algeria started the insurrection of Algerian freedom against French imperialism in North Africa...This is the impetuous, crushing insurrection by which Algeria joins the struggle of the Maghrib and which must lead the whole Arab Maghrib to liberty and dignity." Subsequent broadcasts were also full of references to the "glorious and heroic struggle" of the "forces of the Algerian Liberation Army" -- sometimes called the "redeemers" -- against French imperialism, described as being exceeded in perfidy only by that of the Zionists in Palestine. French efforts to put down the rebellion were, to the "Voice," an unspeakable outrage: "Genocide!" it screamed; "extermination of the Arabs!" News items embroidered out of all recognition, or simply invented, were a "Voice" staple; these often concerned Algerian villages allegedly bombed off the face of the map. Ahmed Said, a "Voice" commentator, announced one day in a moment of passionate indignation that Egypt was prepared to "offer her sons in holocaust for the Arabs of the whole world." This struck some in Algeria as not such a bad idea. The Mendès-France Government made representations in Cairo, but to almost no effect. The "Voice" continued -- with valuable assistance from Damascus and Budapest* -- to keep a hysterical, high-pitched sound track running in the background.
The Arab League, in the person of Ahmed Shukairy, its deputy secretary-general, gave the French a clue as to what they were up against by announcing on November 3 that the Algerian rebels had its full backing, although "others are with us in this struggle." Mohammed Khider said in Cairo on November 9 that guerrilla warfare would spread in North Africa and that the French could do nothing to prevent it. Word had thus been received from headquarters. It was even more interesting to hear what the local command had to say.____________________
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Publication information: Book title: Algeria in Turmoil:A History of the Rebellion. Contributors: Michael K. Clark - Author. Publisher: Frederick A. Praeger. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1959. Page number: 110.
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