Few people in the free world can stomach the idea of living under a dictator, so the news of the potential collapse of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's regime is welcome news for many in the west. After decades of Mubarak's total control of the country, a whole new generation has risen in the rest of the world, mainly ignorant and unaware of the fact that prior to Mubarak and his predecessor, Anwar Sadat, who signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1979, the whole area was a giant powder-keg, even worse than it is today. The threat of war, and its danger to then entire region was ever present.
Unfortunately, especially as it turned out for President Sadat, the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, a fundamental Muslim organization, did not like the idea of peace with Israel, and in 1981 assassinated Anwar Sadat. His successor was Hosni Mubarak.
One of the things that most westerners do not understand, mainly due to a woefully pitiful interest in world history, is that all the Islamic nations are governed either by very strong dictators or they are in a constant state of internal trouble, or they have foreign governments on their soils doing the same thing the dictators do, enforcing the rules and keeping the peace with a strong military presence, something that is hated even more than the dictators.
(The very idea that the west can "win" in Iraq or Afghanistan or perhaps Pakistan or Iran shows a pitiable misunderstanding of the Islamic culture. They consider their land holy and the "infidel" foreigners unholy, and will never really stop fighting until either the foreign dogs leave or the last one of their numbers is killed.)
The west is now excitedly proclaiming that Egypt is about to become a democracy, even while the Muslim Brotherhood and other such organizations stir up the people, hope for a complete collapse of the government and a power vacuum into which they can boldly stride, either as the "saviours" of a country in chaos, or through a western led election process, which they will play along with until they have total control and can throw the infidel dogs out.
The very idea that we in the west would support such government as the Muslim Brotherhood would most certainly impose upon Egypt is hideous. Already, Egypt is under Sharia law, but a moderate form that has been heavily monitored and controlled under President Sadat, and then President Mubarak. However, the very powers that plotted to successfully assassinate Sadat are still plotting, still waiting to put the country under their brand of Sharia, where women have no rights of any kind, and any idea other than fundamental Islam is forbidden under pain of death.
Some, even today, have the audacity to proclaim that we in the west have no right to say anything against what is going on in Egypt. They will loudly tell you that Egypt has the right to plot their own course and their own, hard-earned democratic and free society. To them, I will say, it's high time you started relying on something other than the evening news for your understanding of world events, and high time you became a student of history! There will be no democracy there, any more than there was in Afghanistan under the Taliban.
The greatest hope for Egypt (and the middle east) is for everything to truly cool down, as it presently seems to still have a very slim chance of doing, and for Mubarak to manage to appease the people long enough to pass over the rule to someone this generation will find more palatable, while still being a strong enough leader to keep the lid on the explosive reality that IS any country in the Islamic world.
Will it happen? Maybe. Will Egypt stay quiet? No. It's too late. It is inevitable for all the countries in the region to eventually be fully under the control of those who hate Israel and her allies, and for all out war to be once again waged on Israel. The signs are everywhere, and they are growing stronger every day. But should we give hearty approval to it? NO! Whatever our personal beliefs may be, our own security in the west depends on peace in the middle east. So whether we care about the people of the middle east (we sure should), or only about our own skin and comfort, we should pray that things settle down in Egypt and that they go into this new decade with a moderate but very strong leader that they can live with.
That's my opinion.