Egypt's President Dying

There's an article in the Washington Times about Hosni Mubarak's impending death.  The aging Egyptian leader who has been in power since Anwar Sadat's assassination 30 years ago has ruled Egypt with an iron fist.  Democracy has not been of a high value in that country and Mubarak was paving the way to usher in his son as the future President, but on the upside, Egypt's economy is developing quite nicely compared to where it has been in the past.

Of course the fear is that Egypt will be taken over by fundamentalists if Mubarak dies, or end up in Civil War and chaos, or that the wrong person will take control.  And of course this could have huge implications on our work in the region.  But it's a more democratic age, Egypt has a Nobel Peace Prize winner that wants the top job, and this is not 1980.  Who knows what will happen, but this bears close scrutiny.