I told someone the other day that Egypt will make a good case study in consideration of the modern deification of democracy with little concern for the structure within which democracy is practiced. OWS and the American Left have praised democracy in Egypt, yet they said little about the system of government being created in Egypt. There has been a democratic process in many countries which wound up with tyrannical governments, because no one was concerned with limits on government power.
When democratic process is more important than protected freedoms, the collective rises above the individual, and rights for the individual or minorities are not protected. Is tyranny any more palatable because it was chosen through a democratic process? It's not palatable for the individual or minority who are oppressed, abused or simply slaughtered. It's ultimately not good for the majority who voted for it, but the majority always thinks they'll be protected.