Whatever floats your boat...
Egyptians, right now, are taking refuge in their homes (if they're not out protesting). The younger folks are taking up arms to protect their own neighborhoods in defense of looters and armed bandits whom they believe are the ministry's police in disguise (in an attempt to undermine the integrity of the protesters).
Inspired by events unfolding in Tunisia, the largely-educated and unemployed activists are demanding the ouster of Mubarak, their dictator since 1981.
It's 2 am, and the police have all but disappeared from the streets. The government has already shut down all communications, including internet, & mobile phones.
This is part of a Middle-Eastern revolution toward democracy, NOT a religious-based civil war. For that reason, the U.S. should be in support of this movement.
My thoughts are with those in the region who aspire to the ideals of democracy and who are attempting to take their country back from greedy and careless tyrants.
Just some thoughts. :o)