Shortly after nightfall on Friday, February 11, Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman went on national television to make a stunning announcement, saying "In these great circumstances that the country is passing through, President Hosni Mubarak has decided to leave his position as president of the republic.  He has mandated the Armed Forces Supreme Council to run the state."  As one, the hundreds of thousands of protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square erupted in cheering, waving Egyptian flags, and blowing car horns.  Their shouts of "the people have ousted the president" were accompanied by gun shots in the air.  Nobel Peace laureate Mohammed ElBaradei claimed "This is the greatest day in my life.  The country has been liberated after decades of repression.  I see a beautiful transition of power."  To the people of Egypt: please note that similar things were said in Iran after the people there ousted the Shah in the late 70s, and several countries in southeast Asia had similar bids for government reform in recent history, and none of them worked out in favor of the people.  Be careful what you wish for---you just may get it and regret it.