Egypt is the #2 client state of the U.$. in the region. Among many horrible things for the people of that part of the world, this also means that the weapons being used by the security forces there against the demonstrators are "made in the U.S.A.".
Yet, both President O-Bomb-Yuh and U.$. Secretary of State Hilary KKKlinton dare to call for "restraint" and "non-violence" between the pro and anti-government sides; when it is their policies and worldview, and more importantly their material interests as individuals and as a specific political mechanism to enforce the collective will of their socio-economic class (and that of all previous U.$. administrations) that help to shape that worldview, that has allowed Mubarak and his regime to maintain a brutal, iron-fisted, authoritarian state for the last 30 years!? Until now. Lol.
It's not just happening in Tunisia and Egypt, it is also jumping off in Yemen, and Jordan. And the demand is the same (paraphrased): "Attention dickhead who is currently running country into the ground, step down and take your cronies with you!"
From what I have read and watched so far, the root causes are all poverty and oppression related. This is what we here in the 1st world/heart of the empire will soon experience. In fact, we NEED to experience something like this for a 'reality check', let alone because such situations are where the forces of real-deal fundemental change can make a real difference. Indeed, nothing will change in a fundemental way within U.$. borders until we do: ass-whuppins bring clarity and build character!