Driving in Cairo is usually a test of patience, personal tolerance and fast reflexes thanks to the high volume of traffic always present on its streets. The joke used to be that in Cairo there is no such thing as a Rush-hour, cause there is heavy traffic everyday from around 7 am till 11 pm. Some blame it on bad design and planning, others on the fact that no one follows the traffic laws, but it's probably a bit of both.You really don't wanna go through downtown Cairo unless you absoutely have to or unless someone else is driving. Otherwise you are just begging for your day to be ruined. But yesterday was different. Yesterday traffic was backed up worse then it usually is, which is something most people thought was impossible. Part of the reason, as GM mentioned here, was the protest carried out by the Muslim Brotherhood. It wasn't that the protest was very big, it's just that for "security purposes", the ratio of Riot Police per protesters avalible in such protests is usually around 5:1. Given that some estimate yesterday's protest to be around 3000 people, we are talking an additional 10-15 thousend riot policemen surrounding the protest. And that was just in one part of downtown cairo. Apparantly there was another protest going on at the same time, organized by the "Kifayah" (Enough) movement against Mubarak. Kifayah, unlike the MB, has no actual goals but to get rid of the current political stalemate and of Mubarak. Think of it as the egyptian equivelant of the "Anybody But Bush" movement and you will get the idea. Luckily for me i didn't get caught in traffic when this went down, but some of my co-workers did and now they are suddenly worried about Egypt. Some of them were actually mad at the protests for causing such a traffic jam, because "it's not gonna change anything anyway". I, personally, was excited about them, but no one else seemed to share my sentiment, and i think i figured out why. Egyptians value stability more then anything. They only hope for an enviroment in which they can live in peace and not worry about their kids' future. Some of them actually preferr dictatorship style rule because it's less then a headache this way for them. They don't have to be informed, they don't have to be involved, and thus they are never responsible if everything goes to shit. They like to complain but not do anything about it. It's easier this way for them apparently. This is precisely why i share GM's fear of the MB taking power, cause i seriously doubt they would ever relinquish it. America is the country it is today because its forefathers set the precedent of only serving one or two terms. They loved their country more then they loved power, which is a quality i am not sure the MB has. In fact, i truly believe that they probably love Islam more then they love Egypt, thus would do everything in their power to stop Egypt from ever being secular. It would be Pan-arabism all over again, Arabs concerns before Egyptian ones, only this time it will be Pan-Islamism and it will probably get us in more shit. I still hold my opinion that the only way the MB should be allowed to practice politics is if Egypt follows Turkey's suit and becomes a secular state. If that happens, then every idea presnted will be debated based on its merits and benefits, and not because it's an islamic rule. It's the only way in my opinion, cause otherwise you really can't argue against "Cause GOD said so". Just try to run against someone whose slogan is "Islam is the soloution" in an islamic country like Egypt and win. Just won't happen. I am still hopefull though. Just a litle scared, but still hopefull.