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Friday, October 18, 2013

Cult of Personality? What Cult of Personality? Continued ...

It's been a while since I posted anything about the General Sisi enthusiasm in Egupt, which previously brought us Sisi as Nasser, Sisi as Sadat, Sisi as Ramses III, (but never, ever, Sisi as Husni Mubarak except at Muslim Brotherhood demonstrations.)
"Long live the great ones of Egypt." I think that's Sadat saluting but obscured on the right. ("Long live?" But two of these guys are dead. I guess they're stuck with Sisi.) [UPDATE: Lameen Souag notes in a comment below that it says
تحيه, not تحيا, and should be "greetings" to... He's right, assuming the poster people could spell.]
But not to worry: General Sisi has no plans to run for President.
But Super-Sisi will rescue damsel Egypt in distress.

But of course "All of Egypt is Sisi," so nothing cultish here. (Though "All of Egypt" in this photo doesn't seem to include anyone in Islamist dress.)
(Is the first line in the photo at left really "ya Rabb"? It sure looks like it. Surely things haven't gone that far, since that's reserved for the Deity, but maybe there's something else above it.,

Do you have your Sisi memorabilia yet?
And of course, inevitably:
Something tells me this will not be my last post on this subject.


David Mack said...

You have to love the posters with the clean shaven Sisi next to the bearded Obama. That aligns Egyptian media squarely with the far right US blogosphere (well to the right of Fox News) that continues to claim Barak Hussein Obama is an agent of the Muslim Brothers.

Anonymous said...

Reminds me the pro coup posters in Chile. In every Chilean a soldier, in every soldier a Chilean.

Looks like democracy has come to Egypt. Next La Caravana de la Muerte?

Michael Collins Dunn said...

Anonymous: Si, si.

Lameen Souag الأمين سواق said...

Scary stuff! But that first one says tahiyya li3udama' misr, not tahya - "Greetings to the great men of Egypt"

Michael Collins Dunn said...

Lameen: you're right and I've so noted, assuming the poster-maker can spell better than me.