Tuesday, October 20, 2009

September 11, 1906

Ghandi led a non-violent civil revolt in South Africa against the Transvaal government's new Indian registration act.  Speaking to a large group of Indians who were working in South Africa at the time, he urged them to join him in disobeying the law and suffering the consequences non-violently instead of obeying and granting legitimacy to the immoral law. It was the first time Ghandi spoke publicly about non-violent resistance to immoral laws.

I wonder if bin Laden was familiar with that bit of history when he chose that day for violent intimidation.

How would this world be different today if bin Laden was familiar with the works of Ghandi?

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