Hosni Mubarak is the current president of Egypt, and the fourth man to hold the office. He assumed office in October 1981 after the assassination of Anwar Sadat and has maintained the peace with Israel established under his predecessor.
Mubarak has been criticized for his persecution of the Coptic Church, and for his government's twenty nine year state of emergency, which allows him to imprison and hold his political opponents indefinitely without trial and cancel elections. During the presidency of George Bush, Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice called for the state of emergency to be lifted and and the Mubarak regime to commit itself to democracy.
Since Barack Obama has become president, the United States has been less willing to criticize Egypt's lack of democracy.
Since January 25, 2011, protests against Mubarak's rule have continued. Although the forces behind the movement are not entirely clear, it is likely that the protest is led by groups such as the radical Islamist Muslim Brotherhood and Iran. Liberals claim that Mohammed ElBaradei, one of the protest leaders, is a moderate, but many experts agree that the rebellion aims to install Sharia law and a government opposed to Israel and the United States.
George Soros' International Crisis Group and Barack Obama may have had a hand in the beginning of the protests, and Obama's unwillingness to support U.S. ally Mubarak's government may show that, in private, Obama supports the radical Islamist protestors. In fact, Obama and Soros may even be attempting to install pro-Iran Muslim regimes in the Middle East and destabilize Israel, "[ceding] the power of theJudaeo-Christian west to Islamic tyrants".