- In-Country Power
- International Power
- Military Strength
- Special Skill: Walking like an Egyptian
- Official Title: President
- Government: One-Party State
- Years Left in Office: As long as he wants
- Political Classification: Right
- Education: BS in Military Science, BS in Aviation Science
- Age: 89 (born May 4, 1928)
Hosni Mubarak Facts and Information
- Mubarak has changed Egypt from a democracy to a one party state in his 30 years of rule
- Mubarak has survived 6 assassination attempts, including one using noxious gases
- Mubarak and Abdullah of Saudi Arabia constitute the core of Arab power in the world (both are US allies too)
- Mubarak has been the cornerstone of US foreign policy in all Middle Eastern issues
- Staunch ally of the US/Team West and his fellow Arab dictators, but increasingly despised by Egyptian population
Wow, this guy knows opportunity when he sees it! Mubarak has been in office for nearly 30 years and does not intend to leave any time soon. In 1981, he became president with the assassination of President Anwar El Sadat during a victory parade celebrating Egypt?s crossing of the Suez Canal. Since taking office, poverty has skyrocketed, corruption has climbed, expired and the lower and upper classes have grown further and further apart.
This dude worked his way up from the bottom of the military all the way to the top. He joined the Egyptian Military Academy straight out of high school where he got a Bachelor?s Degree in Military Sciences in 1949. After that, he joined the Air Force Academy and was commissioned as a pilot officer. After doing this and that for the Air Force, they sent him to train with the Soviet Union in Moscow, and Kyrgyzstan. Returning from the Soviet Union, he took command of the Cairo West Air Base and then Beni Suef Air base. When 1969 rolled around, he became the Chief of Staff for the Egyptian Air Force, and then in 1972 he became the Commander of the Air Force & Egyptian Deputy Minister of Defense. In 1975, El Sadat appointed him Vice President of the Egyptian Republic and 6 years later, he became the most powerful man in the country.
When I said this guy know opportunity when he sees it I wasn?t joking! In the 1991 Gulf War Mubarak sent Egyptian infantry to Saudi Arabia to help the Coalition kick the Iraqis from Kuait. When the dust settled from the war, the United States, Europe and the Arab States of the Persian Gulf forgave Egypt $20,000,000,000 worth of debt. Yep, you read that right, twenty billion dollars. He sent around 40,000 troops, so the debt forgiven was around $500,000 per soldier. I was not kidding when I said this guy jumped at opportunity.
All right, you might be think right now that Mubarak has done some pretty damn good things for Egypt, right? Wrong! Egypt has been under a continuous state of emergency since 1981 when Sadat was assassinated, and with this state of emergency, Mubarak can do whatever he wants! Seizing mail? Tapping phone lines? Holding individuals without trial? He?s done it! His government claims that groups like the Muslim Brotherhood would come into power in Egypt if the government had not confiscated their finances and imprisoned their leaders. Imprisoning opposition leaders, and taking their money is a dictatorship you say? Well you?re right! Keeping with the checks in the dictatorship column, in the past 4 elections (?87, ?93, ?99, ?05) Mubarak won by unprecedented margins causing other countries to scream ?party foul?. Condoleezza Rice & George W. Bush both criticized him for his ?lack of commitment to democracy before they left office.
Phew, that?s just the tip of the iceberg! Corruption has been crazy since Mubarak took office and his two sons have been benefiting from it almost more than anyone else has. Both of them own shares in large companies that receive government contracts and benefit from laws that have been passed making it easier for monopolies to exist and unfairly control markets. Not only have people been making bank off these laws and being friendly with people in the government, the corruption has led to the imprisonment of political figures and activists, denying them trials, and detaining them in hidden prisons. Commonly, police officers will violate privacy laws, use torture, and abuse their power to enforce order in their area. A common phrase that has evolved is ?A policeman is more dangerous than a criminal?
But why should you know Hosni Mubarak? Not only will you be able to impress Egyptian women (or men) with your knowledge of him and his corrupt country, but once Egypt gets their stuff together they will become a dominant player in the Middle East and the Arab League.
Mubarak Madness Update!!!!
Unless you have been buried under the sands of the Sphinx this week, you now know that Hosni is smack in the middle of a full-on grass-roots revolution by millions of Egyptians demanding that he step down! I am predicting that Hosni will soon by taking refuge in the folds of the robes of Saudi Arabia?s King Abdullah?so far the only world leader to staunchly stick up for the embattled Mubarak.
Whether or not Hosni survives the current political onslaught, gets himself slaughtered, or ends up slaughtering the protesters, the end of his regime is near!!!! The Avenger will update this page more as events unfold!
Feb 11, 2011 - Horni Mubarak has stepped down and transferred his power to the army.
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