Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a Biography

I originally wrote this biography on 16th September 2014 when I played the role of al-Sisi in a simulation for one of my Middle East units. It’s essentially survived the test of time, however I have more recently become aware of the work of one Thomas Wictor. While I will be analysing Mr. Wictor’s work in detail in the (hopefully not too distant) future, it does appear that his assertion that a somewhat covert alliance between Israel and the Arab League countries is cleaning up the Jihadists across the Middle East is essentially correct. This means that the Globalist Criminal Syndicate’s Islamisation agenda, particularly its Greater Iran agenda, has probably been completely derailed. The original biography now follows.

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The sixth and current President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah Saeed Hussein Khalil al-Sisi is something of an enigma. According to Daily News Egypt,1 al-Sisi was ‘…promoted to full General and appointed as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and Minister of Defence and Military Production, replacing [Field Marshal Hussein] Tantawi.’ on or about 12th August 2012 by former President and Muslim Brotherhood member, Mohammed Morsi. The editors of Wikipedia describe this event as the promotion of the ‘…then little-known el-Sisi’ [My emphasis].2 Given that Wikipedia’s first entry on al-Sisi was only made on 12th August 2012,3 and that there is a dearth of scholarly articles about him, this description seems reasonable. According to the Egyptian State Information Service, al-Sisi is a highly accomplished career military officer whose hobbies include sports and reading.4 This is suggestive of a man possessing considerable intellectual prowess. However, in the context of the theatrical dramas of geopolitics, he was – until quite recently, of course – a ‘nobody’.

In order to get some understanding of how this ‘nobody’ has risen to geopolitical prominence, a brief overview of the geopolitical forces he is dealing with is necessary. In an analysis of the relevant diplomatic language and activities of members of the US Foreign Policy Establishment (including President Barack Hussein Obama), Dr. Francisco Gil-White posits the hypothesis that the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) was – or, at the time his analysis was written, was about to be – essentially imposed on the Egyptian people by the US.5 Further evidence and analysis which gives credence to this hypothesis is provided by the editors of the media and political analysis website, The Emperor’s New Clothes (TENC). In particular, TENC’s analysis of Western media coverage regarding the MB,6 and of its coverage of the tumultuous ‘Arab spring’ events in Egypt,7 demonstrate that such a hypothesis is worthy of being put on the table if not accepted outright. Given this, it is quite clear that the very popularly backed coup led by al-Sisi against the MB government was definitely not wanted by the US Establishment. The analyses by TENC of post-coup media and diplomatic behaviour confirm this, as it is clearly shown that various Western leaders demanded that Egypt include the MB8 in any future government, and the Western media gave the impression that violent and fortified MB activists were essentially ‘peaceful protesters’ engaged in ‘sit-ins’ and ‘vigils’ who were being brutally suppressed by the Egyptian police and military.9 Given the enormous pressure placed on Egypt by the major Western powers, it is noteworthy that Egypt hasn’t folded. That is, it has not complied with ‘orders’ that the MB be allowed to be a part of the government. It is significant therefore that the US sought to ‘mend fences’ with Egypt by having US Secretary of State, John Kerry, meet with al-Sisi (at the time, the Defence Minister) in November 2013 at a time when al-Sisi was moving towards defence cooperation with Russia.10 This strongly suggests that al-Sisi is a shrewd political operator possessing a sophisticated understanding of the geopolitical forces he is obliged to contend with.

In early 2014, at a time when it was not entirely clear whether or not al-Sisi would run in the Presidential elections, Senior Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), Steven A. Cook, writing in his blog, urged al-Sisi not to run stating inter alia that it would be ‘Bad for [him]’ to do so.11 As the CFR – an ostensibly private organisation – wields enormous influence over US Foreign Policy12, this may suggest that the US preferred not to see al-Sisi attain the Egyptian presidency. Nevertheless, regardless of the wishes of the US (or any other Power), al-Sisi gained the Presidency in a landslide election victory.

According to a very recent article in the Times of India,13 al Sisi has told John Kerry in a meeting that any coalition against terrorism shouldn’t be limited to targeting ISIS but ‘…should extend to encompass combating terrorism wherever it exists in the Middle East and African regions.’ The article goes on to assert that Kerry’s coalition of 10 Arab states appear to be quite non-committal. If the little known about hypothesis which asserts that the US is covertly seeking to boost Iran’s prestige is correct – as an abundance of evidence suggests that it is14 – it seems likely that Kerry’s coalition will be unsuccessful, and that Iran will emerge as the ‘saviour’ by being the key force behind a future defeat of ISIS. If this becomes the case, it may be that al-Sisi is effectively calling Kerry’s bluff, and will be in a position to in effect state ‘I warned you that we needed to fight terrorism properly’, and maintain his prestige accordingly – this would likely enable him to convince Egypt’s Gulf allies of the imperative of ceasing their support for various terrorist groups.

As stated at the beginning, al-Sisi is something of an enigma. If he can maintain a high level of popularity among the Egyptian population, he will remain a regional player to be reckoned with. Without further data, it is quite impossible to gauge his agendas with any real precision. It may be that he is a political opportunist harnessing the winds of populism; a man committed to secularism in a region blighted by Islamic ‘extremism’; a man who represents a military caste who perceived that the US was about to ‘throw them under the bus’; a hitherto unknown political anomaly; or some combination of the above. Either way, by gaining Mohamed Morsi’s trust and thus obtaining a key position of influence; by defying the Will of the US by ousting the MB; by refusing to buckle to pressure exerted by foreign powers; and by doing all this in a manner which has made it politically impossible for the US and other foreign Powers to prevent, al-Sisi has demonstrated that he is a shrewd political operator who is prepared to play a high stakes game.

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1    Aboulenein A. ‘Morsy assumes power: Sacks Tantawi and Anan, reverses constitutional decree and reshuffles SCAF’ 12 August 2012. http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2012/08/12/morsy-assumes-power-sacks-tantawi-and-anan-reverses-constitutional-decree-and-reshuffles-scaf/

2    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdel_Fattah_el-Sisi Accessed 14 September 2014

3    http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Abdel_Fattah_el-Sisi&oldid=507058416

4    Archived from 13 November 2013. https://web.archive.org/web/20131113232724/http://www.sis.gov.eg/En/Templates/Articles/tmpArticles.aspx?ArtID=68083

5    Gil-White F. ‘Here Comes the Muslim Brotherhood’. 9 May 2011. http://www.hirhome.com/islam/muslim_brotherhood_1.htm

6    Israel J. ‘Fact-checking the Muslim Brotherhood’. 4 March 2011. http://tenc.net/facts.htm ; Israel J. ‘Egypt: Colonialism, terror and deceit’. 4 March 2011. http://tenc.net/col-1.htm

7    Israel J., Criscione S. ‘How The New York Times Lied About Egypt’. 4 May 2011. http://tenc.net/kristof1.htm

8    Israel J., Criscione S. ‘Germany, the U.S. and the EU push to save their clerical fascist pet in Egypt’. 30 July 2013. http://emperors-clothes.com/Germany-US-Egypt.htm

9    Israel J., Criscione S. ‘Egypt: Sit-ins?  Or terror camps?  What’s in a name?’. 18 August 2013. http://emperors-clothes.com/peaceful-sitins-not.htm

10 ‘Egypt’s Sisi looks ahead to new defence cooperation with Russia’. Asharq Al-Awsat. 14 November 2013. http://www.aawsat.net/2013/11/article55322414

11 Cook S. ‘Do Not Run, al-Sisi…Do Not Run’. 14 January 2014. http://blogs.cfr.org/cook/2014/01/14/do-not-run-al-sisido-not-run/

12 Gil-White F. ‘What is the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)?’ 4 March 2008. http://www.hirhome.com/cfr.htm

13 Reuters. ‘Egypt’s Sisi says coalition must battle Islamic State and others’. 14 September 2014. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Egypts-Sisi-says-coalition-must-battle-Islamic-State-and-others/articleshow/42414260.cms

14 Articles accessible via <http://tenc.net/iraq-iran.htm> and http://www.hirhome.com/iraniraq/guide-iraniraq.htm

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