When in fact, people in many parts of the Middle East have been fighting and 'dieing' (mostly dieing) for freedom from tyrannical rule for a very long time.
true, but they have the same problem that almost all revolutionaries have. they overthrow the repressive government, but don't have the organization or power to reform the system. they end up with a more repressive system than they had, and the original revolutionaries are killed or jailed. pick an overthrow out of a hat. they are pretty much the same....except of ours.
the revolutions taking place in the Muslim world are a particular danger to freedom and the world. Islam is both a religion and a form of government. it does not tolerate other religions, other ideas, or what we consider essential freedoms. there are A LOT of Muslims who wish for an Islamaist world. Al Jazeera is a fascinating place to hang out. surprisingly, it is very open and the mods don't censor comments unless they are way out of hand. you can engage Muslims on a variety of topics and that exchange can be a real eye opener.
i'd guess that 8 out of 10 of the Muslims from Europe, Persia, and the Arab countries that i have talked to, support violence against non-muslims who "offend" Islam (dutch for instance), agree that Muslim countries do not need to protect those of other beliefs in their countries, and believe that sharia law is the right law for them....even the women will support this.
it should be no surprise that the Islamaist take power. what will be a surprise to most Americans is what happens inside those countries, and eventually, outside. we have been indoctrinated that Islam is the "religion of peace" . they don't see themselves as peaceful people. they see themselves as protectors and proselytizers for Islam. whatever it takes.
i know i'm going off in the weeds, but on last thing....
the thinking of the communist leaders and the thinking of the Islamaist leaders is remarkably similar. we can expect purges in the Egyptian military, and in the original revolutionaries, many of whom were women and were secular. the Muslim brotherhood is not moderate. they are very organize and powerful. they will join with the other Islamaist in the new government and Egypt will eventually look pretty much like Iran. the Muslim brotherhood was formed along the same lines as AQ. they wish to destroy Israel, drive the infidels from all Muslim countries, and restore the caliphate. it is true that Muslims follow different lines of Islam, but it is not true that they will not join together for common goals. i think the next few years will be interesting.