A mustachioed villain to Islamists and a hero to some of those who call themselves rationalists. An Egyptian to the bone, he laughs, hysterically, at our deepest predicaments after offering an apt analysis of them, often followed by a practical solution. Eissa goes after the heart of Egyptian bureaucracy and Islamism with a metaphorical knife, few dare to go there. He does not only blast the government for its continuing failures, he savages the methods by which our country is run, and is not afraid to confront not just Islamists but the men of Al-Azhar, the highest state-controlled religious authority in an extremely religious country. He is the most important pundit in Egypt.