Mubarak conjured up the reliable boogeyman in an interview with Christiane Amanpour last week.
Mr. President Mubarak was always optimistic about his legal situation.
The possible downfall of the Mubarak regime is being watched closely in neighboring Israel.
He might make an agreeable companion for Mubarak as they spend their sunset years reflecting on what might have been.
Osman, who was a parliamentary candidate from Mubarak's National Democratic Party, said the police were only out to restore order.
By Thursday, though, the Cairo embassy was reporting that Mubarak was mobilizing the Army.
The Egyptians had a very clear demand: They wanted Mubarak out.
Under Mubarak, Egypt constantly worried about a spillover of Islamic radicalism from Gaza into the Sinai.
And now, with Mubarak looking increasingly desperate, things may take a turn for the worse.
Ever since 1982, when Mubarak came to power, they have been excluded.