As the saying goes "You can fool some people some of the time .......". That's what these self-appointed presidents, kings, brother president, sheikhs & rulers have done over the last several decades 9in recent history). However, these rulers are so detached from those they rule that they are hardly aware of what goes on at the grass-root level.
Mubarak was detached and was kep detached. The West used him for their interest. Mubarak used the West for his own selfish interest - no, not for Egypt.
Others have done and are doing the same. Circumstances may differ slightly from ountry to country but it's the same 'viurus' - the virus of re-awakening. The Arab streets are alive.
It's possible that 'forces that are' have had something to do with whatever hapened but I feel it will be difficult to control the tide. People want to be counted. They want to contribute and share the opportunities.
Kings & queens are for story books - no more in politics. The world - aided by revolution in technology - is in fast forward mode. Most of thes rulers are old - really very old - most terminally ill. How long would they want to remain in power when hey have no control on their own limbs?