But he wasn't Saddam or even close. Not close even to his contemporary Hafez Assad of Syria either.
If he was he could have put down/savaged this revolt as did the Iranian SOBs or with an action such as Assad's in Hama. (1982)
Thats it. He was basically moderate and constructive.He Toward that end, he preserved the Egypt-Israel peace agreement his predecessor negotiated and signed. He patiently rebuilt relationships that numerous Arab states had severed following Egypt's signing the peace treaty. He played an energetic and continuing role in trying to facilitate regional peace, all in pursuit of a more stable region. During his tenure, Egypt largely escaped the tide of religious fundamentalism that swept some parts of the Middle East and North Africa. All of those are positive achievements for which the former President deserves credit. His downfall was his inability to address the gap between the economic and social needs of Egypt's population and what his government delivered that widened rapidly. All in all, he was a generally reliable ally.
Think how many lives could have been lost in a tumultuous Egypt many governments of different radical views.
Egypt also won the Cold War for the USA in the Middle East. Switching from the USA to USSR camp and making peace with Israel. Tho that under his similar, and similarly USA supported predecessor, Sadat.
How many lives have been saved by a moderate 30 year Egypt- vs -those lost by someone who was a pretty minor league as tyrants go.