If anyone had begun to question just how hated Hosni Mubarak is, the answer is in the streets now. It suggests there's hope yet that the trial will live up to its minimum promise: hardening popular attitudes against the most cynical machinations of the Mubarak-era police state.
What Mubarak's trial might unearth isn't as worrisome as what it could provoke: A souring of relations with Saudi Arabia and other GCC countries who have pledged billions in soft loans to bolster Egypt's reeling economy.
The legacy of Mubarak's trial will be a verdict on the New Egypt. Was this revolution about the removal of a dictator or the establishment of democracy? Will it be about prosecuting select kleptocrats or preventing future corruption?
The sight of former Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak, his two sons, and other members of his regime in white prison fatigues, behind bars, in a cage in Cairo is the most significant event in the Arab Spring since his ouster six months ago.