An Egyptian intellectual who I have known for many years was reflecting some time ago on silence of the masses. He noted that without popular pressure on the government political reform would be long in coming, but he worried that when the people were roused, it would be hard to contain the anger. As I have noted here before, the lesson of the 1977 bread riots was perhaps forgotten in the West, has never left the minds of regime elites.
As one Youtube commenter said in an Arabic comment on the linked clip, it will be hard the army and the state-run media to sustain the fiction that the masses love Mubarak. Indeed.