Rude Awakenings

16 Aug, '07

الأمور بدأت في التحول تزامناً مع الثورة الإيرانية

وواصل بوحسين حديثه بالإشارة إلى ذكريات تجربته بالعمل في الحكومة بعد الثورة الإيرانية في العام 1979، مبيناً أنه كان مديراً تنفيذياً في ديوان الخدمة المدنية، وأنه لاحظ آنذاك تغيراً في توجه الجهة الرسمية، الذي رافقه توجس الحكومة من قطاع من الشعب الذين يمثلهم الشيعة، وخصوصاً فيما يتعلق باندماجهم في وزارات الدولة.

وقال عن هذه الفترة: «نظراً إلى كوني في قلب الحدث الذي تمت فيه الترقيات والتوظيف، بدأت الحكومة بتغيير وزير الدولة لشئون مجلس الوزراء جواد العريض ونقله إلى وزارة الصحة، وكنت حينها في دورة في الخارج، وكنت مهيأً لأن أرأس ديوان الخدمة، وبعد رجوعي لاحظت أن الأمور تحولت في السياسة تجاه طائفة معينة».
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I’m not sure why the government and the people who are in charge of it continue to hide their heads in the sand as far as the problems facing Bahrain are concerned, especially if former high officials and the remainder of the Bahraini populace not only see these problems which have encircled and are throttling us, but actually live and feel their effects day by day.

Are those people so far removed from the street that they really aren’t aware of the dire feelings of despair permeating through the air? Or is the situation really much worse than that assumption as they simply don’t care?

In the recent weekly Al-Wasat Seminar which hosted a former under-secretary, an activist as well as parliamentary members, a number of bombs were dropped and have been documented and reported in today’s paper. The issue is that everyone is now talking about clear sectarianism and marginalisation policies which have been in methodical effect since the previous parliament was disolved; actually, since independence.

If this situation is not addressed head on by a proper political will which can sponsor, create and abide by the findings of truth and reconciliation commissions, this country is in for a very very rude awaking.

Goodness knows how many will perish this time around just to save for a few bruised egos which have taken selfishness to new unprecedented heights.

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  1. jayjerome says:

    Mahmood, the automatic translation link above provides an incomprehensible mess of a translation… can you explain what it’s about?

  2. ammaro.com says:

    I’m worried about the next few years, to tell you the truth. REAL worried.

  3. Isa says:

    hmm.. affirmative action for the next decade anyone?

  4. Ali says:

    Does this mean that all this is not our fault? We can all blame the British for the mess we are making

  5. Henry says:

    Well this might start a hole new thread about a persons responsibility
    You can blame who you like but at the end of the day we are each responsible for our own actions and as a hole you are responsible for what the government is doing
    In the U.K people protest about things thay not happy in India 60 years ago the Indians got independence so you can change what you like or you can sit on your hands and do nothing It is up to you

  6. As long as bahrainis are working as pimps and as long as you will be at the mercy of the English you will be subject to the worst if not lowest forms of insults and denigration.

    Moan all you want, all Bahrainis I know are incompetent lazy suckers.

  7. Redbelt says:

    > Saint Exupery
    Excuse me?
    Could you please repeat your insult again before I lash at you?

  8. Henry says:

    why are you at the mercy of the English idot not understand please tell me

  9. Henry says:

    ooops a typo so i will try again

    why are you at the mercy of the English I do not understand please tell me

  10. Ethan says:

    The problem with tribalism and sectarianism is that those people see themselves as their group first – far above any nationality. They aren’t Shi’i-Bahraini, or Sunni-Bahraini, they are simply Shi’ite or Sunni.

    And that is why Arab nationalism failed! There is no ‘nation’ there. This is why this backward fundamentalism is growing – could Islam provide a complete link of all Muslim people?

    Sadly, I’d say that the Islamist experiment will fail even more spectacularly than Nasserism. As folks say, Islam is not monolithic, regardless of what the 7th-century-umma-fetishists want.

    Until Bahrainis see themselves: ‘Bahrain uber Alles’ Then it will be ‘Sect uber Alles’, and that leads to suffering.

  11. Rancher says:

    I’m not sure why the government and the people who are in charge of it continue to hide their heads in the sand as far as the problems facing Bahrain are concerned.

    Because ultimately they are not held accountable for their job performance by an election.

  12. Grace says:

    Saint Exubery: Do tell,,, do tell, and I guess all the expats here are the ones that make the economy thrive…. HAHAHAHAH… tickle me with some more of your jiberish pleeeeez.

    Many of the expats here are only here cause they’re not competent enough to land jobs in their own countries…..

    People like you, who don’t think before they speak and live in a country working a job they loathe…. Just for the money and a bit of sun….. How low!!!

  13. um naief says:

    MANY, truly don’t care Mahmood. when it comes down to it, isn’t it really about money, fringe benefits, seeing your name in lights and don’t forget print, going thru the motion, looking good to the man above…. hmmmm, what else?

  14. um naief says:

    btw, Grace, I disagree w/ you. i’m one and you’re wrong. i also know many others who could say the same.

    but i will say this, the thought of how much money these ppl are pulling in and all the fringe benefits…. it truly makes me sick.

    why ALL bahrainis don’t revolt against this… well… it’s beyond me.

  15. Grace says:

    Um Naief, sorry this came across to you in that way. I have many expat friends who do not fall into this catogory either, but when push comes to shove and people like the Honourable Saint Exubery thrash my fellow countrymen, regardless of gender, race or creed, I will not allow it…

    We have a proverb in Bahrain which says “I would stand by my brother against my cousin, but I would stand by my cousin against any stranger”. In practice, I would stand by them in such situations even if they were wrong.

  16. mahmood says:

    I would stand by them in such situations even if they were wrong.

    That would do them a dis-service Grace, it would be best if you were to expose their faults to them in order for them to recognise those faults and deal with them. That would do them an awful more service and benefit in the long run.

  17. Grace says:

    Mahmood; Different people, different schools of thought 🙂

  18. Grace says:

    Mahmood, actually to go back to what you said, yes I would expose their faults to them, but not to everybody else…

  19. mahmood says:

    And with that you would have proved your loyalty to them by doing them this service and made your country a lot richer by having people like you around.

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