My hope is that Mubarak steps down and democratic steps are taken. Egypt is a fairly modern country, that has some diversity -- Predominantly Muslim, but with a significant Christian (Coptic) minority. I don't know where this will go, but I remain hopeful that freedom will ring for this nation. Let us not support autocracy out of fear of Islamist take over. Such fears only feed resentments toward the west. If we stand for freedom, let us also support it in real ways that honor the aspirations of the Arab people for a better life. What was it that Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence -- the inalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.