Who is General Sisi? There are multiple personalities rolled into one but it is the whispering campaign in Egyptian households backed by various sources that is causing serious concern. Neither Sisi nor any of his military or civilian spokespersons have responded to allegations about his questionable background. What is the truth? Not only Egyptians but Muslims worldwide would like to know.
August 30, 2013, 08:41 EDT
Who is General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi? This is a question that has agitated minds in Egypt and elsewhere since the military coup.
There is the public persona of Sisi. His resume says he was trained in the US. He had also served as military attaché in Saudi Arabia. From Egypt’s point of view, both countries are important. The US provides $1.5 billion in annual aid. This is bakhsheesh for keeping the Egyptian military out of conflict with the Zionist state. The Egyptian military has essentially become a tool of imperialism and Zionism since the Camp David Accords were signed, brokered by the US, of course.
The US also trains Egyptian military officers. The “training” aspect is important and needs to be dealt with separately.
Saudi Arabia had close links with the Hosni Mubarak dictatorship and relied on it as partner in subverting the emergence of representative governments as well as revolutionary fervor in the region. There are also more than three million Egyptians working in Saudi Arabia and are an important source of remittances for the precarious Egyptian economy.
Sisi had cultivated close links in the US and Saudi Arabia. In the US, he did not have to work very hard. The Americans are always on the lookout for foreign military officers they are training that can be used to advance US policies in the future.
It was Sisi’s contacts that he cultivated in Saudi Arabia as well as his close association with the Israelis when he was intelligence chief before the now-deposed President Mohamed Mursi elevated him to become defence minister that came in handy when the coup plans were activated.
Like most militaries in the Muslim world, such plans are always ready in a binder in the defence council’s secret cabinet or whatever the particular military calls its inner sanctum. The Saudi link became crucial. It has now been revealed that Bandar bin Sultan, the most nasty of the Saudi breed, was in close contact with Sisi and co-ordinated the coup even as the Saudis’ Egyptian agents, the Salafis, were encouraged to along with Mursi.
Israeli commentators have openly admitted Sisi’s Israeli connections. Roni Daniels, the Israeli military analyst, told Channel 2 on July 14 that Sisi had been in touch with Israeli military and political leaders days before the coup and had told them about his plans. He had also expressed concern about Hamas’ reaction against the coup. The Zionists assured him not to worry about Hamas; they had the group under surveillance and Sisi should destroy the tunnels that are used to smuggle much-needed goods and medicines into besieged Gaza.
It is, however, Sisi’s family background that raises serious questions.
Abu Dharr, in his latest column for Crescent International has made some explosive revelations (September 2013). We do not want to pre-empt these and let readers find out themselves by reading Abu Dharr’s column.
Here are some clues. Sisi’s mother is from Morocco. She married an Egyptian but gave up her Moroccan citizenship only in 1973 to enable her son to join the Egyptian military academy in that year.
By themselves, these are not particularly significant unless one is aware of the other details about the background of Sisi’s mother and his maternal family.
We invite our readers to find out about these details from Abu Dharr’s latest column. As he titles it, “Know the truth and it shall set you free.”