I tend to agree with Julie Birchill in her column in the Independent last Thursday, "Armchair revolutionaries: be careful what you wish for in the Middle East," where she says,
It would be wonderful to think that what replaces Mubarak will be better. But here's the thing about Middle Eastern regimes: they're all vile. The ones that are "friendly" are vile and the ones that hate us are vile. Revolutions in the region have a habit of going horribly wrong, and this may well have something to do with the fact that Islam and democracy appear to find it difficult to co-exist for long.
Julie concludes by saying,
"Don't let's allow the vicarious thrills we are currently getting from the events unfolding in Egypt to blind us to the effects of what happens in the Muslim world when revolutions go wrong."
Perhaps in uncertain times such as these it's better, "the devil we know."