I have mixed emotions about the situation in Egypt. On the one hand, you've got a dictator (who calls himself a President). On the other hand, there is the Muslim Brotherhood ready to step in and turn the whole world into a living hell. In a third position, there's some people in Egypt who want a true democracy. The dictator has been pro-peace with Israel, pro-American, and anti-Jihadist. The Muslim Brotherhood would be none of these. We have no idea where the ideology of the proponents of democracy might lie, but we hope and trust they would follow the leads of Nassar and Mubarak, but with a healthy dose of freedom and liberty.
What do you call someone who claims to have been elected (and re-elected over and over again) in "democratic elections" with 90% or more of the vote if not dictator! In the history of the world there has NEVER been such a thing as a "beneficent dictator". The only citizen who benefits from a dictator is the dictator himself, the people always suffer. Just look at Egypt this week. In 9 days of peaceful protesting, Mubarak has shut down the internet, shut down all television, shut down twitter, shut down telephones, and stopped all delivery of food in the capital city. Finally after 9 days of peaceful protests where nobody got even so much as a scratch he says "I'll step down in September". Why should the common citizens of Egypt believe him? What has he ever done to make them believe a word he says? Today, there magically appeared some pro-government demonstrators and almost immediately the violence started. In the one day of violence initiated by the pro-Mubarak demonstrators thus far, there have been over 650 people injured.
As far as drilling for our own oil goes, it's too late for that. Should Egypt degenerate into an Iran-type situation, you can forget getting any oil from the middle-east anyway. Egypt controls the Suez Canal, so if there is an anti-American administration there do you really think they will allow oil tankers bound for the USA to go through? It would take between one and ten years to get any domestic oil into the works, and it doesn't look like the situation in the middle-east will last anywhere near that long. The problem isn't just Egypt, there are a lot of other countries in the area that are also having the same problem. Could it be that Iran is fomenting discord? Our only hope is that the Egyptians who want a true democracy will prevail, but even though it is the largest country in that area it's still just one country. The rest of the ones having problems do not have a large contingent of pro-democracy proponents.
If Egypt becomes a "democratic republic" under the control of the Muslim Brotherhood, I fear the Mayan Calendar will be proven correct in it's prediction of the end of the world occurring on December 21, 2012. At that point, Israel will be totally surrounded by countries which are actively hostile toward it and want nothing less than its total annihilation. I also think it is reasonable to fear that prior to then, our POTUS will be advising "restraint by all parties" and will not aid Israel at all. After annihilating Israel, the forces of Jihad will turn their full attention toward us. May God have mercy on our souls! Are you prepared for the Rapture?