Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Burn him till the end

In the espionage world there is a concept that is used to describe the exposure of a certain spy or agent that he or she was burned , they do not used the word "Exposed" or "Caught" no but "burned"
No I am not going to Ashraf Marwan but I just found it interesting that the same process is used in the world of politics in the case of the head of the Egyptian intelligence and the minister of National Security Omar Soliman
The man is overexposed in the media in what I think a continuous burning process that reminds me with had happened with Amr Moses when he was in the cabinet as a popular foreign minister
Now Omar Soliman backs as direct candidate for presidency after Mubarak along with Gamal Mubarak , it is no longer secret , the foreign press is speaking about him for years more about the national press whose only source for information about the general is the same foreign Press which usually praises him.
Omar Soliman is considered as a powerful rival to Gamal Mubarak due to important facts :
  • His military background , he is an army man with a considerable popularity ,where as Gamal Mubarak is a civilian who did not even do his military service and his negotiation skills ,
  • His negotiation political skills no one can denies that this silent Upper Egyptian man is doing a great job regarding the Palestinian file along with other files he took from the Egyptian Foreign minister , of course it is not his mistake that he has to deal with losers aka Fatah , but what is so special about this man that despite that close relations with Fatah ,they have even stronger relations with Hamas
  • He also seems to handle certain files internally the interior ministry and cabinet failed to handle like the Sinai file , like the immigrant Copts file "Michael Mounir" ,also he seems to handle certain strange X-files ,I mean he is one who receives the Sultan of Bohras in Egypt !!
I can not count the numbers I read or hear that Soliman is going to be the next pharaoh of Egypt and I also can not count the numbers I read about him in admiration in foreign press more than the national press , the national press knows nothing about the man except from the foreign press as the daily El-Dostor once described him as the man who always smiles to the foreign cameras and ignores the local cameras , well no one dares to request an interview with him
We should not forget his position as the head of the Egyptian intelligence is a very sensitive position its occupier is not usual a sociable media friendly personality ,it is the position of "Mysterious man" ,forget about the American example of the Head of the C.I.A or the Israeli example , we still belong to the old school
The Personal background of Soliman as I know is that he comes from upper Egypt from Qena Governorate ,married and has 3 daughters ,he is from artillery forces "I am sorry if I am mistaken" , he had PHD and studies in politics and in warfare , I remember that I was so impressed when I read about those degrees, seriously speaking, Omar Soliman used to be the head of the Military intelligence before being promoted to be the head of the General intelligence ,in fact I don't know if that was promotion or just a transfer because also the head of the military intelligence position is not that simple or less important that then the General intelligence .
The turning point in the life of Omar Soliman that made him earn the trust and friendship of Hosni Mubarak was during and after Mubarak narrow escape from death in the assassination attempt in June 1995 in Adidas Ababa , if you remember it , Soliman was with Mubarak in the car during the attack in their way to attend some conference and it was the quick directions of Soliman to the driver that made him avoid the ambush,since that day in 1995 Soliman earned the trust and friendship of Mubarak to the level that the second grandson of Mubarak is called after him Omar , the second son of Alaa
Soliman is a close friend to Mubarak and his family that he was from the few of the cabinet that had attended the wedding of Gamal in Sharm El-Shekih in last May 2007
and this is why some may believe that Omar Soliman is not the next pharaoh of the valley of the Nile despite his qualifications ,he is not a threat to Gamal Mubarak nor his father because if so he would not be in his place with all these powers all these years , for God Sake we know what happened to Amr Moses from an elimination process because what of represented as a rival not to Gamal Mubarak but to Hosni Mubarak him , in fact he is still a good rival despite he understood the danger of the game , if Mubarak or son for a single moment felt for one second that this man has intention to become the president even after Mubarak , he would not stay for another moment in his place , What happened in Tunisia from a bloodless coup by Ali Zein ,who used to be the head of intelligence is still in the memory
still he is a powerful candidate , in fact I will choose him if Amr Moses is not in the picture ,he is much better than Gamal Mubarak, yet he is overexposed ,of course it can be tribute to the fact that Mubarak has no vice president at all and in respectable countries the future of the nation must be discussed frankly , of course the future of that nation my nation Egypt is discussed more frequently in the Times,New York Times and Washington Post !!!
I do not know but I have the feeling that General Soliman is accepted by the West more than Gamal Mubarak whom they are considering him as a losing horse , after all the people do not like him and he is a civilian against a very powerful military establishment.I can not count the times Omar Soliman was mentioned in a positive way or even in a way that makes you feel that this is really a powerful man in foreign media
despite the feeling that Soliman is being over exposed to the media ,still other times I feel that the media is scared from him or may be shy , they criticize Gamal Mubarak and his friends using a very hard language where as they only mention the name of Soliman that he had talks with "X" or "Y" despite the fact Soliman is working in the same regime ,the same rotten regime , look to Al-Dostor coverage for both GM and OS ,you will see a huge difference , I mean there is no single day in Al-Dostor without an attack on GM where as they seemed so conservative when they speak about OS ,may be because his position
Despite my admiration to the man , I don't how to classify him , whether on the internal level or the external level , on the internal level he is a member in that regime ,on the external level Soliman seems to be more on the American side , of course some will argue and say that it is the safe side ,well it is not , it is enough to know that Egypt is no longer the leader of the Arab world , we got Saudi Arabia ,we got Qatar , we even got Iran which from 5 years ago was away from the region


15 comments:

  1. great post Zeinobia, you put down almost everything one needs to know about the man.

    However, I have a little point to add , our relations with Hamas is not that good. For HAMAS HAS BEEN BOUGHT OFF BY IRAN.

    Honestly speaking, Khaled Mesh3il showed himself to be of a low genere of people. It is a well known fact that Sadam used to grant the familly of every Palestinian killed by Israel 25,000 usd. Moreover, Palestinians( who arwenow being killed by Irani squads in Iraq) who lived in Iraq ewere privileged over the Iraqis to the extrent that they were jealous of Palestinians. Furthermore, Iraquis refused an offer by a U.S congressional delegate to pursue peace with Israel, instead Sadam escalated tensions with ISRAEL. AND THAT WAS ONE OF THE MAIN REASONS OF THE 1990 AGGRESSION AGAINST Iraq.

    After all these upperhands of Sadam had over the Palestinians, that Mesh3il describes Sadam as a dictator. And he goes off to Tehran, in order to kiss the dirty ass of the bloody criminal vampire Ali Khameini

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  2. Iran and Saddam again , for God Sake man give yourself a break

    Our relation with Hamas is good whether you like it or not , the intelligence has a good strong channels
    another thing the Palestinians were the one who brought Hamas in not Iran

    another thing I am sorry I believe Saddam is a dictator and I am not going to discuss this because again you deviate from the original debate to Iran and its friends

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  3. Good post but with one mistake in this sentence «on the external level Soliman seems to be more on the American side , of course some will argue and say that it is the safe side ,well it is not , it is enough to know that Egypt is no longer the leader of the Arab world , we got Saudi Arabia ,we got Qatar , we even got Iran which from 5 years ago was away from the region». Zeinobia, Egypt will always be the leader because it has good connections in the West and in the Middle East, something that the other countries you mentioned don't have it because in diplomatic affairs, trust is something very hard to gain and it takes years, so that is why Egypt is in first place :)

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  5. Zeinobia Iam back to blogging. Would like to see your comments on my latest post

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  6. Here you go. This is Zeinobia shining again. The post is a little long BUt you cant feel it because there is no subsidiary unnecessary details. GREAT Zeinobia. Actually you made me respect Omar Soliman more than what I do but who gonna give him the chance to pop up in the picture after Hosni. One single historical fact that you need to know. Amre Mosa was not burned out because of a competition with Mubarak. Amre Musa burned himself out by his arrogance and bad communication with many Presidents. He was exluded due to a huge external pressure on Mubarak. On top of whom was Sharon. He couldnt be offered another Ministry position because he was the head of one of the Superior Ministries.How come you dont know that

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  7. >> Amre Mosa was not burned out because of a competition with Mubarak. Amre Musa burned himself out by his arrogance and bad communication with many Presidents. He was exluded due to a huge external pressure on Mubarak. On top of whom was Sharon...<<

    How Idiotic !!!

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  8. >> Egypt will always be the leader because it has good connections in the West and in the Middle East, something that the other countries you mentioned don't have it because in diplomatic affairs, trust is something very hard to gain and it takes years, so that is why Egypt is in first place <<

    Oh, God. Please help me !

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  9. >> After all these upperhands of Sadam had over the Palestinians, that Mesh3il describes Sadam as a dictator. And he goes off to Tehran, in order to kiss the dirty ass of the bloody criminal vampire Ali Khameini <<

    Just wonder where you came from! Who put this garbage in your head, and why? The post is about Mubarak chance to select the head of National Security to run Egypt instead of handling it to his little weenie. Some Democratic Choice!! So what that has to do with Iran, Khameini, Mesh3il, or even Sadam?

    Do you know where is Sadam now!

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  10. @anonymous ,I wish that I can be optimistic like you but let's be realistic , yes Egypt got historical relations that makes us important and special but do you think that we are influential as we used to be from 20 years ago , no way , we are not like before , in simple way the internal situation is reflecting on the external situation and our internal situation is not that good at all , in fact it is so bad , yes we got some influence but not as before , do not forget the Arabs now look to your regime as a working force following the American orders ,not as a powerful ally or a friend but a follower

    @hola and buenas dias ,No sé ayudarte realmente que se parece más técnico, comprueba los ajustes del DNS

    @amr ,I read it , strangely all the nationalists and nasserists are with Hezbollah , man I will not answer back because I am tired speaking in vien , you believe Iran is the ultimate Satan in the world so its friends and allies , and do not like anyone to say otherwise or to debate you otherwise he or she will be an Iranian agent or understand nothing , so why I will bother ??

    @he and She , seriously this is the first time I hear about that reason and I live in Egypt ,I heard all the theories , of course his position makes him have connections presidents and kings but what you are saying seems like an attempt of coup and this was not true , Moses was sent to the Arab League to be forgotten after the huge popularity he won that made him a very strong rival ,for God Sake even Shobala sang that he loves Moses , in fact the transfer came after that song , Moses is widely respected due to his persona , also his not so friendly relations with the Israelis ,Moses is not arrogant at all ,I do not know what you are speaking about ,yes when he was excluded many was relived including Sharon as we were in the midst of the second intifada still the main reason was to get rid from a very powerful rival

    @Amr you are so true but you know I said in less sarcastic way , do not make from the people ,make your point more clearly

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  11. what is really intereting about your arguments Zeinobia is that you never analyse anything, you just pick up what a political faction or perconality you are fond of for some bizzare reasons like for instance the fondenss of your grandfaher with them or their looks or whatever, then you make their statments the ultimate frame of reference of the so called truth!!!!

    I don't balme you for that, religous and cultural discourse in Egypt has been dominated for so long by people like Metwali el Sha3rawy. Besides, the way they intrepret and teach islamic religon in Egyptian schools is damaging for the future of the nation

    Amr. I WOULD KINDLY APPRECIATE IT IF YOU USED A DIFFERENT LANGUAGE. AS I FIND IT DEEPLY AGIATING TO CONVERSE WITH LOWLIVES

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  12. @Amre,wow man you know I think you got a problem that you do not respect the others' opinions as long as they do not go with you
    I believe this is what you think about me , I respect it but seriously I don't know what is the connection between my Grand father whom you absolutely do not know him to Omar Soliman to Matalwi El-Sharawy and what brings the religious education to my so-called analysis , by the way I was taught in language school where the religious education usually is less cared than any other subject , in fact it was the common thing in my generation
    about Lebanon , do you ever notice that those who oppose Hizbullah there are the same people who dislike your pan Arabism and Arabs altogether

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  13. Dear zeinobia,

    that has got nothing to do with language, Arabic, religous schools or universities. The failure of the modernisation projects in Egypt issued by Mohamed Ali and Nasser has led to the rise of dogmatic religous culture in Egypt that is constraing the Egyptian and Arab mind and rendering it very castrated

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  14. @amre , I still see no connection with this to our topic , let me ask you a direct question
    What do you think about General Omar Soliman ??

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  15. Dear Zeinobia

    I dont know much about the man.

    All what I know is that Egypt needs a strong capable man who would make a radical change in Egyptian society and institutions.

    The relevence of my post is that I added a point about hamas, then you me started fighting about Iran :))))))))))))))

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