It is difficult to miss seeing/hearing about/reading about the turmoil in Egypt. Perhaps the poor folks without power in Queensland or Chicago might not know or care about the fate of Mubarak and "his" people.
That said, I flip through various news channels a few times a day. Each shows similar visuals, discuss the situation with a set of "experts", and mouth the same phrases.
I have been hearing for days that the Army will decide the future of Egypt. Duh. The Army has been doing very little, besides parking their US-bought equipment around the city and chatting with citizens (as best one can see from news coverage). They're lucky the police have disappeared, because most spots look like no-parking.
From my point of view, not doing anything is a decision. Someone must have told the Army what to do or not to do. Why haven't those people had a chat with the President? As commander and chief, he could give them an order. Perhaps his generals might demure...as they seem to be doing.
Someone should tell the generals that the country is getting messed up (literally and figuratively), the economy is tanking, and governments around the world are becoming nervous.
It is also interesting to hear different commentators express surprise at the inability/ineffectiveness/inaction/you-name-it of the US Government, as if they really do run the world. The US Government can't even run its own country. Just observe how well Congress functions...or read about seesaw decisions by various courts, depending upon the judge's political leaning...or witness how well they conduct war (if I'm not mistaken, none have been won since 1945), despite the biggest defense budget in the history of mankind.
Anyway, it is good that the Egyptian army merely parks their gifted tanks. That's certainly better than mowing down citizens with US-bought weapons. The people are suffering enough from poverty, unemployment, and political oppression. I think they've acted rather well (downtrodden citizens and army), compared to other oppressed peoples.
And, they have yet to storm the US embassy or kidnap anyone. Perhaps that is due to the fact that the US never overthrew the government (only supplied the military, security forces, and police with weapons of mass oppression), as they did in Iran...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.