"History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme."
-- Mark Twain
Nearly a century ago, a despised autocrat was suddenly and unexpectedly overthrown. The February Revolution of 1917 paved the way for the Bolshevik takeover of Russia, and a totalitarian nightmare that lasted until 1991.
Egypt's February revolution is underway. How it ends remains to be seen. This reporter predicts a repeat, more or less, of the Russian and Iranian examples: interim, or provisional governments, ultimately replaced by totalitarian regimes. In Egypt's case, this is likely to mean a temporary role for the Islamist/Iranian stooge, Mohamed ElBaradei, followed by outright Muslim Brotherhood rule.
In short, a disaster for the United States and its allies, including, of course, Egypt's neighbor and America's great ally, Israel--the only democracy in the Middle East.