"Pockets of rebellion echoed across Cairo on Wednesday as security forces tightened their grip on the capital and activists set fires and hurled stones, trying not to lose the momentum sparked a day earlier by an unprecedented nationwide protest against President Hosni Mubarak.
The Interior Ministry -- stunned by the size and passion of Tuesday's demonstrations -- announced it would not tolerate further protests. Activists in parts of the city defied the ministry's threats of "immediate arrest." But the crackdown appeared to keep thousands of protesters, angered by unemployment and repression, from venturing back into the streets."
I think Mubarak's days as dictator are numbered. American officials must be worried that democracy in Egypt could result in an Islamic state, although the Angry Arab says the protesters are mostly secular. The professor noted Mubarak's formula: "As long as he keeps his doors open to Netanyahu, and as long as he imposes a savage siege on the people of Gaza, the US congress is happy--very happy--with Mubarak." I think this is true. The US pays Egypt $3 billion per year to keep the peace with Israel and clamp down on Islamic extremism.
So what would the US do if Mubarak is overthrown? Is it possible for the Egyptian people to overthrow Mubarak?