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Omar Suleiman, Egypt's former vice president and long-time spy chief to deposed president Hosni Mubarak, has died in the US, the official MENA news agency has reported. He was 76.
"Former vice president General Omar Suleiman died in the early hours of Thursday in a hospital in the United States," the agency said.
"He was undergoing medical tests in Cleveland," Suleiman's aide Hussein Kamal said, adding that arrangements were being made to return his body to Egypt for burial.
"He was fine. It came suddenly while he was having medical tests in Cleveland," said the aide, Hussein Kamal, without specifying the cause of Suleiman's death.
Egyptian newspaper al-Youm al-Sabaa reported that Suleiman died in a Cleveland hospital after undergoing heart surgery.
He was undergoing medical tests in the United States at the time of his death, according to his aide, Hussein Kamal. "He was fine. It came suddenly while he was having medical tests in Cleveland,” Kamal told Reuters, without further detail. No cause of death was given.
Originally posted by Peruvianmonk
reply to post by ludwigvonmises003
Ha not yet. Apparently his health was deterorating and he died whilst undergoing medical tests.
I am still confused as to what the actual role of the muslim brotherhood is in Egypt, and why everyone is supporting and congratulating them. Either they are just puppets, or then they are part of a bigger plan for the whole Middle-East
Our conversation focused almost exclusively on foreign relations. He was deeply hostile to America's enemies in the Middle East, complaining bitterly that every time he thought he had a deal between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, the Syrians and Iranians would scuttle it. He also offered his view that the United States, Egypt, and other friendly countries in the region should work together to keep "Iran busy with itself." His implication was clear -- Egyptian intelligence, the CIA, Mossad, Saudi intelligence and others should engage in clandestine operations to destabilize the clerical regime in Tehran.
Some of my Egyptian friends still have a hard time processing the fact that Suleiman was unable to quell the Egyptian uprising. To them, this was a man who -- despite being shrouded in secrecy -- loomed impossibly large. Wasn't he was a master manipulator, a man to be feared? After all, he had kept the Muslim Brotherhood down, brutalized the regime's other opponents, served as the trusted interlocutor of Americans and Israelis alike, and was on the short list of Hosni Mubarak's possible successors. For some Egyptians, it is hard to make sense of the fact that Suleiman turned out to be more Wizard of Oz than Dark Lord of the Sith.
Omar Pasha's failure to put a stop the uprising was a direct result of his arrogant conceit that people power could never threaten the regime. His bellicose conviction that he alone could work Egypt's levers of power was ultimately misplaced: In the end, he misunderstood his own people, who ultimately refused to submit to the brutal methods that Suleiman had worked to perfect. I cannot say that I will miss Omar Pasha, but in an important way I am glad to have met him.
By granting me an audience, by being unfailingly polite, by answering my questions, he gave me some insight into how he thought -- and thus how the regime thought and justified its actions. I know he believed his endless attempts at manipulation and coercion were acts of patriotism, but that is hard to justify given his complicity in the Mubarak regime's sundry crimes and abuses.