Originally Posted by patteeu
No, my personal opinion is that what's going on now gives everyone the best possible chance of a good outcome ("good" from my pov, of course). Mubarak leaving takes some steam out of the protests, but the military is still running things so there's a chance that a reasonable transition to a pro-Western democracy is possible (but certainly not guaranteed). A decent into immediate chaos would have been horrible.
I think there's a very real danger of an Islamist or a socialist populism taking hold though because I suspect the economic conditions are going to suck for the foreseeable future.
Fair enough and I agree with most of your assessment. As with probably any ME country the thought of an Islamist populism taking hold is fairly high even in Iraq once we leave.