Friday, 1 February 2013

Friday of Salvation rather than Friday of Anger?

Enough is enough. Finally that seems to be the consensus of everyone with a modicum of sense of responsibility in Egypt. The liberal opposition initiated a national dialogue to which the Islamists were invited to participate- under the aegis of the Azhar, with the support of the Coptic Church. The Azhar? That was unexpected! The traditional Muslim religious establishment of Egypt, the Azhar, influential well beyond Egypt around the Muslim world, has kept such a low profile recently, and kept its distance from its historic antagonists, the Botherhood. Interesting development, bears watching.
But the real relief is that today's demonstrations are announced to be peaceful rather than violent- if, that is, the unpredictable and ungovernable angry young men in the street follow the scenario.