We have seen this many times before. From the Philippines to Cuba, a military takeover is nothing new. It is called a "coup d'etat." As defined, coup d'etat is also known as a coup, putsch, and overthrow—is the sudden, extrajudicial deposition of a government,usually by a small group of the existing state establishment—typically the military—to replace the deposed government with another body; either civil or military. The civil unrest that leads to a coup d'etat are seen with "banana republic" countries. From within, the military will produce a leader to lead the country.
It is noted that the Egyptian people are chanting "civilian not military," but don't fully understand what is meant when the military take matters under its own hands. If the Egyptian people think Mubarak is bad, wait till they experience a real dictator from within the military. The Egyptian people needs to review the history military leaders in history who took over a country like Fidel Castro, Muammar al-Gaddafi, Saddam Hussien, and Kim Il-Sung, just to name a few. Like the old adage, the grass is not always greener on the other side.
(Yahoo) CAIRO – Egypt's military announced on national television that it stepped in to "safeguard the country" and assured protesters that President Hosni Mubarak will meet their demands in the strongest indication yet that the longtime leader has lost power. In Washington, the CIA chief said there was a "strong likelihood" Mubarak will step down Thursday. By tonight, the fate of the Egyptian people will be revealed when Mubarak will make his announcement.
State TV said Mubarak will speak to the nation Thursday night from his palace in Cairo.
The military's dramatic announcement showed that the military was taking control after 17 days of protests demanding Mubarak's immediate ouster spiraled out of control.