Conrad Black's analysis of Egypt is quite compelling. He notes that the "Egyptian Army's prestige is based on ..... its penetration of the Israeli Bar Lev Line on the Suez Canal in the Yom Kippur War of 1973....."
I've heard this from other sources, too. But doesn't that show what a screwed up country Egypt is? I mean, after all, Egypt did lose the 1973 war, in the end. It's kind of like Germany celebrating its successful war in 1939 and 1940, or Britain celebrating its victories in the American Revolution until George Washington's Continental Army moved out of its winter camp in Valley Forge.
Here's Nordicus' rule: Successful countries venerate their military forces for their victories, not their defeats!