What's happening in the Middle East? We'll have to see.
A first thought is that we are seeing more consequences of the flattening of the world. With the internet, cell phones, and such, governments can't isolate their people, especially their young people. And once people get a taste of what is possible, it's hard to deny them. But this is also a protest against distress as much as an assertion of freedom.
It remains to be seen from country to country what the end result is. Egypt could end up better. Libya might just switch dictators. Some could go more democratic. Others more fundamentalist. We'll see. Thus far these do not seem to be ideologically driven rebellions, just people tired of oppression and economic distress. But what inserts itself into vacuums remains to be seen.
So far, it's exciting to think about what might happen. For one thing, it would be nice to knock the notion out of so many Americans' heads that all Muslims want to blow us up.