Oh, glorious day. The New York Times has a wonderful feature detailing the influence of nonviolent resistance on the Egyptian movement. This is a must read in particular for Anabaptist/Mennonite/pacifist Christians needing encouragement about the relevance of their ideas. It turns out that the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict and its 83-year old leader Gene Sharp, not the Bush Freedom Agenda or Obama’s Cairo Speech, is probably the most significant American connection to the protests that erupted in Egypt. This fascinating story demonstrates the enduring relevance of Gandhi and MLK. It also gives further evidence of the internal rift and transformation within the Muslim Brotherhood that Lawrence Wright and Bob Kubinec have been pointing to.
If you needed any more reasons to feel hopeful about the purpose and power of the Egyptian protesters, this will provide it.