Hosni Mubarak has failed his people. He had an historic opportunity to listen to the demands of the Egyptian people, and the step aside with a degree of dignity. Not only has he failed, but he risks disaster for the citizens of his nation. It seems dictators rarely accept defeat gracefully.
The people of Egypt have shown great nerve, and now their mettle is to be truly tested. They must choose non-violent resistance to the state, or the risk a terrible fightback from a desperate leader. I am hopeful that a democratic transition can still happen, but the chances of more deaths seem greater today.
Malcolm X once said that 'Power never takes a step back, except in the face of an even greater power'. The people of Egypt will show their power in the days and weeks to come.