ironically, your arguement is actually quite popular with many liberals. The ABB crowd (Anybody But Bush) were totally opposed to the Iraq war because it empowered the terrorists and made things worse. They preferred a junta (i.e leaving a military leader (saddam) in control,rather than to enable the Iraqi people to choose their own leader.
They love to point out that under Saddam, Iraqi women were treated better than now.
You claim that “what a country votes for itself” is better than the lesser evil of a junta, or of Mubarek/Sadat 's legacy.
So now, after the elections in Egypt, let’s watch the developments , and measure the results by the status of women. I hope that my original guess (post number 2) is wrong. But I am afraid that I will be proven accurate.(that 15 years from now, women will be required to wear a hijab at all times, under penalty of being arrested, or worse)
It looks like the Muslim Brotherhood will win big. And that must be a good thing, right?–after all, the Egyptian people voted for it.