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 !!
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
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