The reality is we don't know, and we can't know, and if we are to believe what we read on the Internet, or watch on our TV, then we are just as foolish as the protesters who thought somehow they could take over the government and still maintain economic stability in the transition. What we see now is a trashing of their tourist industry, the streets of Cairo, and 10 days worth of lost work and productivity. Further the Egyptian stock market, bond market, and the cost to insure their debt have all taken a beating.
Just because a protest starts out as a peaceful one, with the potential to do something good for the people, doesn't mean it's not going to end in violence, a government crackdown to restore order, and severe damage to the economy as a whole.
Thus, in the end things are much worse off than they were before the riots started. In this case everyone loses. I hope you will please consider all this and you may e-mail me if you have any comments or questions. Think on it.