I would not refer to him as a dictator.Ooooh Kay. So, in what way would we describe Mr Hosni Mubarak?
Over at Night Watch the analyst is saying that this unrest in Egypt is being sanctioned by elements of the Army, as a way of ensuring we don't have a North Korean like family succession, with son Gamal Mubarak succeeding his 82 year old father.
The real problem is if certain factions come to power and those factions decide that what the People really want and need is the elimination of Israel. That would be a problem.
The paths this situation can take are like branches of a tree. One branch could be an immediate departure of President Mubarak. Another could be his departure in six months, sort of like President de Gaulle after May of 1968. A third could be President Mubarak as a figurehead for the next few years, with someone else manipulating the levers.
Then there is the next branch. Will it be government reform? Will it be confrontation with Israel? Will it be a move toward true democracy? Will it be a return to Sharia after all these decades of a secular society?
Then there are the questions about the impact of the broader events on the south side of the Mediterranean on populations on the north side. How will North Africans in Spain, France and Italy react to the events in their homelands?
It is an interesting set of possibilities out there.
Hat tip to the Instapundit
Regards — Cliff