I think the opposition is closest to us westerners. It felt it had to choose between two sides that they didn't want.
On the one side there were the powers behind the old dictatorship, which were mostly still in place, and which had strong foreign backing: oil countries mainly, and Israel, with the US as undecided.
On the other hand there was a poor and religious majority, which prefers religion to be part of the state.
Everyone sees religion as political power. We want to minimize the power of religion, we want separation of church and state, and so does the egyptian middle class.
But the poor see religion in politics as a way to protect their interests, as a reasonable way to represent them.
They see it as less likely to sell out to foreign interests, so it's tied to nationalism. That is what happened in Iran in 79, and there it wasn't even the poor but a very large majority.
I think the middle class made a terrible choice but I can understand it.
I'm not sure whether you should call that 'they were a tool' or just a conscious choice.
There was a campaign to sugarcoat the choice for them but they didn't choose much differently than what we would prefer.
Only, that's where I'm not fond of western preferences.
I think If you want any kind of democracy in the middle east it's often going to have a strong religious side, at least in the beginning, and it's better to accept that. The egyptian middle class didn't accept that. So I think you have to accept a broad definition of democracy, one that could go as broad as meaning 'the people feel their interests are sufficiently represented in the functioning of the state'.
Now as far as regime change goes, I'm pretty much anti-interventionist. If there is a critical mass ready to carry the change, good, but if you force it you'll only make things worse. I thought the idea of overthrowing regimes in Libya, Iraq, Syria was terrible. So what it entails for the current regime, we can realistically pressure them for moderation, so they behave better, but not overthrow them. I doubt anyone is pressuring the egyptian regime now unfortunately.