Descending into chaos

Who benefits from violence? Who benefits from this?

A police jeep set ablaze by Molotov cocktail bomb

The above is a very unfortunate escalation of violence in Bahrain by people who think that this sort of criminal activity will help our democracy movement! And the thing that beggars belief is that we find people condoning this activity or are in complete and utter denial. Putting “their side” on a pedestal and who can do no wrong whatsoever; while on the other hand, they blame the government for all ills without recognising a single positive aspect of its creation.

Yes, we do have problems, but the line must be drawn in our own psyche to ensure that we actually do recognise wrong when we see it, regardless of who perpetrates it. And we should also drop those continuous conspiracy theories which some use to justify wrongs. In this particular instance; can anyone come up with a valid scenario in which we see elements in our government would actually sponsor people to throw Molotov cocktails on their own occupied police vehicles and sacrifice a human life while putting others in jeopardy simply to score a point?

What insanity is this?

Does anyone reading this imagine for a second that if the government wanted to really clamp down on society, or even re-introduce the now defunct State Security Law that it can’t? Or that it has to escalate the security situation so much by sacrificing human beings in order to justify imposing it again?

I have no illusion whatsoever about the machinations our government can and does enter into to protect its interests, as do every single government and ruling system on God’s green Earth, but descending to this level – by our government – is not one of those methods. At least I hope not.

Getting back to the original question I posed, who benefits from this descent into chaos? I propose that no one does. There is no way that anyone can benefit from continuous violence, tyre burning, molotov throwing, vehicle burning, tear gas inhaling, rubber bullets, or any other the other subjugation and criminal methods. Violence only begets violence, and if no criminal law in imposed on the perpetrators, then people might very well escalate the situation even further. So far it has been tyres and police cars, tomorrow it would be houses and taking of lives which will destroy the country and any progress opportunities for this country.

I fervently hope that the criminals who did this act be caught, squarely tried in a court of law, and sentenced for the remainder of their miserable lives.

Enough is enough. On both sides. We want to live with a semblance of harmony for goodness’ sake. These vandalism and criminal acts are not helping one little bit. Everybody, even who are called the opposition should come out and unambiguously condemn these criminal acts.


  1. Bahrainia

    I am presuming Mahmood, that you posted this peice before reading the GDN’s front page headlines this morning….
    A life has been taken.

  2. Abu Arron

    I would demand more than condemnation Mahmood. Someone knows who these hot-heads are and they MUST be named. As long as violent unrest continues, the standing of Bahrain, both regionally and internationally, will continue to go down the pan.

    Will you idiots please pack it in, it doesn’t help your (or anyone else) cause – FAR FROM IT. How can you possibly expect support, from anyone, when you behave like this? All you are doing is pandering to a suppressive regime – if that is your argument.

  3. Anonny

    It’s the whole mind-set that scares me. We all see this and all immediately think govt. vs. villagers. I did as well.

    On reflection, however, when police are killed in my homeland (UK) it is seen as a purely criminal act by thugs, not as the expression of any political movement. Perhaps it’s better to see it this way and act accordingly. All is not lost.

  4. Redbelt

    This is Murder. Plain and simple.
    You ask a good question, who would benefit?
    Let us ask another:
    HOW would they benefit. If you know HOW, we can answer Who benefits in this way.
    What do you think? HOW?

  5. Merlin

    Down, down, down that is the way it goes… leave, depart and resettle in greener land – emigration what a beautiful concept, because the road to love and harmony (that Mahmood writes about) is most likely to run through hell first before it reaches its destination…

  6. Mike

    Perhaps keeping your civilisation in the 15th century isn’t that hard after all.

  7. im an idiot

    You really are a special kind of ****head aren’t you? Do you take every thing in life at face value or have you ever thought there might just be more to the story than meets the eye.

    Care to tell me where the dead officer’s funeral was held?

    Care to tell me who benefits most from such an event?

    Care to tell me why the Bander report so prophetically talked about how such incidents would be perpetrated by the government in order to justify arresting scores of youth?

    Only a person with layers of cheese on their eyes would fail to see what’s going on here. The king goes to Geneva, a few days later he summons the PM, a few days later the UN thing about Bahrain’s Human Rights violations takes place, Bahrain is embarrassed and so what does it do: it reaches into its pocket of dirty tricks and takes out one of its many dirty weapons to show the world that the opposition in Bahrain isn’t as peaceful as it claims to be.

    Now a guy is supposedly dead, he’s being called a martyr left, right and center and according to the papers, the PM has personally visited the suspects who have so far been detained, either to let them in on some secret or to whip their ***es with his own two hands.

    You should change the name of your blog to “Lord of the Sheeple”.

  8. Merlin

    How civilized you all really are… A clear reflection why this country will be relegated to the dustbin of history…..

  9. im an idiot

    >>to no. 8

    You Sir really are an idiot

    umm…which part of my name did you get stuck on? The “I’m” or the “Idiot”?

    Now how about you pull an Al-Kh**** and steal someone else’s land.

  10. KoOKiE

    This is just so brutal and insane.

    Please in the name god please live peacefully and let people leave.

    We just lost a friend and i hope the justice is delivered.

    I really don’t who is involved in doing so but someone is dead some father just lost his son. A family just lost a care taker. All i can say is wake up please for god sake. This is really not the way to express your way of aggression neither to fulfill your demands please.

  11. Post

    The king goes to Geneva, a few days later he summons the PM, a few days later the UN thing about Bahrain’s Human Rights violations takes place, Bahrain is embarrassed and so what does it do: it reaches into its pocket of dirty tricks and takes out one of its many dirty weapons to show the world that the opposition in Bahrain isn’t as peaceful as it claims to be.

    I understand your frustration and mistrust. The bridge connecting both sides here is almost but severed and incidents like these (the Bandargate and the continuous riots if left untreated will only increase the rift between the people and the rulers. It is chiefly government’s responsibility to ameliorate that rift by transparently and willingly enacting consultation with the people and unequivocally coming out and putting in procedures that ensures that the machinations that Bandargate exposed are dealt with.

    It is also the responsibility of civic society, the opposition in particular, to find ways to augment that integration, rather than fuel the fires that will incinerate everyone in this country. I am under no illusion that these almost nightly tyre burning and riots are uncoordinated. Someone or some group is inciting these violent demonstrations thinking that this will push the government into action. The action, unfortunately, is pushing it further into the wrong direction.

    The negative impact of all of this is that violence now is spreading across the society. I’ve recently heard from a highly placed source that two buses of Al-Alawi Transport have recently been burnt in Hidd (Al-Alawi is a Shi’i company and Hidd is a predominantly Sunni town). I am fairly sure that people will skew that incident that it was perpetrated by the government too.

    Regardless. The issue is that these various acts of violence have no place in modern societies. Coordinated peaceful means are legitimate political tools in which to force a government to give way. These methods will most probably be supported by the international community who might exert international political pressure too in order to effect change. They will not if the only “opposition” they see are kids burning tyres in streets and now throwing Molotov bombs at police cars and if the Hidd incident is true, have escalated on attacks on private property simply because it is owned by the other sect.

    Unless your vision is for Bahrain to descend into the sectarian quagmire experienced in Northern Ireland, Lebanon and Iraq amongst other places, then maybe we collectively should remove whatever is obstructing our vision and work together to find solutions, rather than propagating this tenuous conspiratorial mistrusting situation which does nothing more than accelerate our descent into the quicksand of hate.

  12. Al Durazi

    Hi everyone, i was just wondering, can anyone update me on the progress to catch the killer of the poor (yes financially poor) Bahraini security guard at one of our night spots a while ago?

    I read that all police resources were being applied to catch the killer, in this mornings newspaper – oh wait. thats for a murder of a foreigner, sorry my bad……

  13. Post

    I’m not going to defend the position of the police here, that’s their job. I agree with you that on the face of it the police have failed in concluding the case of Abbas Al-Shakhoori. I will; however, withhold my condemnation of them for not solving that case on the premise of them not giving it much attention due to their inbuilt sectarian shift.

    I would be very interesting; however, if your question is posed to the authorities there for them to react to.

  14. Salman


    Funny, thats not what they said when so many were murdered before this fellow. What makes him so special? Is his life more valuable than the rest of the citizens of Bahrain?
    I love the way they make him look like a hero too. His dream was to save lives eh?

    The heroes are those who have lost their lives for Bahrain, trying to rid us from the tyranny of the Al-Khalifa family.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if this was a staged act, just like 9/11 and 7/7. A life is lost, but someone else will benefit from it.

  15. Post

    I wouldn’t be surprised if this was a staged act, just like 9/11 and 7/7.

    ooh boy… Salman your colours are shining through, predominantly in the brown spectrum however.

    I’m not surprised.

  16. No Need


    I will try to make my comment as objective as I possibly can. First, NOTHING justifies taking away human life! No if’s, no but’s, no inshalla’s! Thank you for making a clear point.

    Having said that, I wouldn’t go on to pre-clear the government’s name if I were you. You have been in bahrain long enough to know how far Ian Henderson’s breakfast club are willing to go to maintain the status quo.

    Reread no. 8’s comment. Other than the trust issue, he reminds us that in the bandar report, there is a whole section that prophecies that this will happen, and it even talked about what will happen next. Remember?

    Like any bahraini, I’m very frustrated and disappointed with what happened. But on the other hand, I find it peculiar that 30 to 40 people just decided to assasinate someone they don’t know the day the government of bahrain’s human rights issue is in the docks.

  17. Post

    Oh I’m very much aware of those issues. Like you, I too am frustrated at the turn of events and the government and royal’s inaction about the issues which are crystal clear to the rest of the population.

    But regardless of the prophesies contained within Bandergate, it behooves us to work toward unifying our stance and demanding our rights in a peaceful manner. I am not one for fantastic conspiracy theories and from what I have heard so far, it seems that it is a single group of individuals who took it upon themselves to “free us” from a fate worse than death, living under the current regime – to their mind anyway.

    At the same time, and as I have said above, I am not interested in clearing the government of any suspicion of malpractice or otherwise, it is their job – through the adoption of transparent governance and judiciary – to prove to us and the world that they are on the right and whom they call criminals are in the wrong.

    Let’s see what transpires over the next few weeks.

    Let me also emphasise my position here and now, regardless of who they find guilty, I am opposed to them being handed the death penalty regardless under which law they are tried, be that Criminal Penal Code or Terrorism Law. Lock them up and throwing away the key is one thing, ending their lives is not going to bring whoever they are supposed to have killed back to life. Let them live and regret their action.

  18. palouse

    any person who has even a minute grasp of socio-economics understands that a country that has a massive unemployment problem & disgruntled hostile youth, & on at the other hand has an unlimited supply of cheap indian labour no Bahraini buisness owner will hire in mass bahrainis unless he is forced to. This tells you all you need to know about Bahrain this will get worse I believe this place is a ticking timebomb that will eventually go off, how can it not? The only arab culture left here is what? somebody tell me not the made up shows for F1 go anywhere around town and you believe by the suroundings you are living in a third world gheto, tell me how can you import more than half of your population from the asian sub-continent and not expect to turn into that place?

  19. Abu Arron

    That’s too harsh palouse. You cannot generalise and say that the impoverished areas of Bahrain are caused by importing Asian nationals. You only have to look at some of the villages, where an asian contractor has likely never set foot, to realise that the main cause is a lack of investment.

    As suggested in another stream, leave the well worn paths of Bahrain and you will discover a poorer, but friendly and honest, section of the country.

  20. palouse

    Abu Arron go anywhere in Bahrain say sitra industrial area many thousand semi skilled jobs a Bahraini with minimum OJT could learn and do easily will never happen for the simple fact that it is more benaficial economically to employ TCN’s. Next week spend a day go to Ammar store, snap on and you will understand what I mean I have trained Bahrainis for 10 years to maintain aircraft they can learn and do the job with the best of them, it is just not as profitable to employ 80% nationals when you can pay a fraction of that to TCN’s
    It’s all abut the profit margin.

  21. Merlin

    Well said Palouse, the feudal system lives on! But then again looked at it from the perspective of limited resources (extremely limited resources), unlimited wants and a ridiculously growing population. I believe the solution is emigration, just like the diasporas of many other nations (e.g. Lebanon, Palestine, and now Iraq), maybe its time for vast numbers of Bahrainis to move on to greener pastures and leave the losers to battle it out until judgement day.

    Life is too short, it aint worth commiting yourself to the misery of serving under a deluded regime or a destructive (and largely incompetent) opposition, particularly if you want you and your loved ones to flourish economically, socially and intellectually. The players of the political scene in Bahrain give themselves and their little island too much credit, it is an irrelevant dot on the world map and whether it works out as a viable nation/state or not, it will hardly be missed.

  22. Abu Arron

    Palouse, I’m not arguing the point that most companies will buy cheaper asian labour. What I was saying is that the unfortunate state of houses and general infrastructure in some of the poorer areas cannot be wholly attributed to the asian labour force. Doesn’t the government have a responsibility/duty of care to its own people and their standard of living?!

    Merlin, Bahrain is not “an irrelevant dot on the world map”. OK, it’s not exactly at the front on the playing field, but irrelevant?!

    OK, maybe I’ve still got a rose tint on my glasses, but it sees me through the days.

  23. Sam

    it is just not as profitable to employ 80% nationals when you can pay a fraction of that to TCN’s

    Indeed – It is the government that allow for this to happen. They have set the stage for such exploitation by introducing a minimum wage for red passport holders ONLY. Again, discrimination. You cannot blame the business community for taking advantage of such discriminatory labor laws.

  24. Merlin

    Sam – Here’s a revelation: The government is part of the business community.

  25. palouse

    The problem is Bahrain is very small & has limited resources; also there is a general state of malaise with the youth of today it is quite horrible actually, my god I read we can not find suitable jobs what the hell is that suppose to mean? Guy has a high school eduaction and he thinks he should have a managers job with a desk. have been here ten years deal with people from all parts of this island is getting nothing but worse do the people not see this, went to a Bhatia owned store in sitra a few months ago had 4 Bahrainis in back playing cards asked the kerala owner what the hell are these guys doing he told me he had to hire them to fill the quota, said they are paid to do this all day cheaper for him. Yes you say many countries have cheap labour and so own I will tell you not ones this small and not with such a hostile & volatile young majority of the populace. Unfortunely Bahrain is but an unknown speck on the world map.

  26. Post

    It is the government that allow for this to happen.

    Partly true; though I would also add that the government – including all decision makers so far – have promulgated laws and directives designed not to upset anybody. Therefore, you would get the wishy-washy situation we are currently in.

    We have a labour reform package -> hits the government’s desks -> received vociferous objections from some of the business community -> government kowtows and dilutes the effect of the reform so much that it becomes worthless.

    Back to square -1

    We have an educational reform package -> hits the road block of government desks -> mediation occurs -> gets a chief imposed on the reforms who has political weight but doesn’t seem to have interest in moving forward -> assigns an incompetent minister to oversee it -> goes into endless committees -> decides to buy more computers and put them in “model” classrooms -> big guy visits -> classroom shuts for good to “save the equipment” -> reforms forgotten.

    We have the economic reforms – well, those are going relatively good; witness the increase in foreign direct investment and the many new companies being registered, but you see some people itching to “leave their mark” and waylay the train, so far their effect has been limited, but they don’t like that, so they apply breaks, public spat happens, reforms gets moving forward again with some slapped wrists but no heads rolling so they’re waiting once again to “help” the reforms forward.

    And the cycle continues.

    But no one is talking about judicial reforms, that’s the real red-line it seems.

    I think that unless proper institutions get established and left to do their things while being transparent with proper over-sight and promulgate laws which could stick and are completely blind as to colour, gender and status, emigration – as someone commented above – becomes a viable alternative. Because this is getting quite tiring.

  27. abdul aziz mohammed

    What you said is good in an ideal situation, but what about Bahrain, where a majority section (of a particular sect) thinks that by killing others, they will get their rights.

    Northern Municipal Council member gave one of the most illogical reasons for such incidents.

    He said: “The problem is that illiterate old parents have no control over their children, because they have many and don’t really care if their children sleep at home or somewhere else.
    Lack of monitoring is a reason behind youths taking a very dangerous direction.”

    Does this mean that these unruly youths should kill and then expect to walk around free?

    And bravo to the human rights council here, which again is dominated by people from a particular sect. If the government does take action and detain a few, this bogus rights organisation will come out on the streets and claim they were their members. And the government will subdue to pressure and let them go.

    Unless and until the government deals such rogue elements with an iron fist, such incidents will keep on happening.

    People might think this is just one incident, which came and went. But mark my words, this is just the tip of the iceberg. I just hope we don’t see another Iraq here, Inshallah

  28. Post

    Aziz, what burns your neighbour today will burn you tomorrow. So stop this “them” business and try to think a little bit more globally.

  29. Just me

    From the bandar report:

    للمرة الأولى يتحدث وكيل الجهاز المركزي للمعلومات
    عن البطاقة الذكية نيابة عن أحمد نتينياهو الخليفة وذلك حتى لا يربط الرأي العام بين البطاقة الذكية والمخطط الطائفي البغيض الذي يشرف على تنفيذه. وسيقوم الملك قريباً بإلحاق الإدارة التنفيذية للبطاقة الذكية بوزارة الداخلية تحت إشراف مباشر من جهاز الأمن الوطني. بينما سيتم الاحتفاظ بقاعدة البيانات الموحدة الخطيرة في الجهاز المركزي للمعلومات بعد إصدار مرسوم ملكي بتحويله إلى هيئة تابعة للملك في وضع مماثل للوضع القانوني لديوان الرقابة المالية وديوان الرقابة الإدارية بحيث لا يخضع لمحاسبة أو متابعة مجلس النواب القادم !! وسيكون ذلك في القريب كجزء من حزمة الإجراءات الاستباقية الجارية لرفع درجة الاستعداد لجولة المواجهة الدموية القادمة مع المعارضة خاصة حركة حق وحركة أمل وبعض الشخصيات من الوفاق خاصة الذين سيمثلونها في مجلس النواب.

    ماذا نقصد بالمواجهة الدموية القادمة ؟

    يقوم مجلس الدفاع الأعلى منذ توسيع صلاحياته في مطلع العام 2006 بتنسيق أدوار وزارة الداخلية والدفاع والحرس الوطني وجهاز الأمن الوطني والاستخبارات العسكرية والجهاز المركزي للمعلومات استعداداً لمواجهة أمنية دموية في فبراير 2007. يعدون لحملة تفجيرات شكلية وحرائق في بعض أنحاء البحرين يعقبها اعتقالات واسعة لشخصيات سنية معارضة وشيعية واتهامها بالضلوع في عمليات إرهابية بهدف تخويف نواب الوفاق والحد من حركتها وإجهاض طرح الملف الدستوري واحتواء وجودها في مجلس النواب وملاحقة وتصفية حركة حق وأمل. التوجيهات بتعميم البطاقة الذكية هي واحدة من الخطوات الاستراتيجية لرفع قدرات أجهزة المراقبة والاستخبارات استعداداً لهذا السيناريو المخيف.

    Hmmmm where was the funeral for the Policeman? Was there one? What else did Bandar say about Ministry of Information control of the media? The usual humstrung synchronised media response and the power narrative.

    Maybe we can go pay our condolences to fiction…. more innocent ppl in jail…
    More innocent men in jail charged with a crime they know not of…echoes of Kafka’s Trial and perpetual postponement of a sentence…we all live in this country with the feeling of a sentance hanging over our heads

  30. Post

    That second part was a future looking statement which has not yet come to be, so I wouldn’t put that as an argument to prove or otherwise a current situation.

    As for your demand to see a body, well, I am sure that should it be produced, people who don’t want to believe will find another excuse and say that it is unrecognizable so DNA testing should be done, in effect, excuses which delay resolution and are distant from the central premise: did a criminal act occur? If so, should they be punished?

    And then ask yourself a hypothetical question: would your reaction be the same if it was a Shi’a policeman that was killed?

    I suggest that we not be dragged into yet another woven conspiracy, the mistrust between the government and the people is an ocean rather than a gulf, in normal circumstances if that were the case, the government would resign of its own volition.

    But you and I know that Bahrain is not a normal country by any stretch of the imagination; therefore, we have two paths to tread here: the first is complete civic intransigence to force government change – as has happened in Nepal maybe – or go through the peaceful opposition route which is the least chaotic and probably more conducive of long-lasting solutions.

    Which is it to be?

  31. Sam

    Mahmood, the latter without a shadow of doubt.

    Alongside the urges and instructions coming out of senior government officials to find his “killer(s)”, shouldn’t a probe or an investigation be launched into the finite circumstances that patrol vehicle found itself in that evening? The grieving family, I’m hoping, will want to know if his death could have been prevented at all? Was he trapped? Were doors locked? Did the vehicle knowingly drive into a “war zone” with it’s windows rolled down or unarmed?

  32. moonshallow

    The body of the deceased has been sent to his hometown.
    I think all of us should be focusing on ways to stop this atrocious acts. Yes there were Molotov thrown but then the excessive force is also used.
    This is a cold blooded murder which should not have happened. Bury the differences as you are reaching a dead end. Don’t let this be another Iraq. I agree with Mahmood for proper institutions be established to do their part. Every country has a problem, its up to all of us to resolve them.
    From an expat eye….

  33. im an idiot

    Pretty efficient MOI we’ve got here; it even gives the FBI a run for its money. Makes you wonder doesn’t it, that they’ve caught 15 suspects so far (read: 15 innocent teens, one or more of whom will soon get a bullet through the head, assuming the torture isn’t too bad), but they’ve closed the files of citizen Abas AlShakhoori who was murdered and made a mockery of the case of Mahdi AbdulRaheem who was similarly murdered in broad daylight.

    For God’s sake, just look at the papers today. “Caring Prince?”, “A Nation’s Martyr”? What the HELL is going on here? Is that what it takes to get media and royal attention in this country? Get murdered and then make sure your father preferred chapati over falafils?

    Whether or not there actually turns there was a funeral is irrelevant. All it proves is that skeptics (including me) were wrong about a guy being killed. It doesn’t answer all the other questions.

    It makes my blood boil when I see how a bunch of thugs and recycled idiots are ruining the hopes and dreams of an entire generation, as they’ve been doing for over two centuries.

    Boy am I gonna enjoy my encounters with them in the afterlife. Your cheap-a** three-digit plastic number plates (yeah, I have a Ph.D., but seriously, wow, that’s some ****ing achievement) won’t save you know ya little mothas!

  34. concerned bahraini

    Stop the conspiracy theories all of you! FACT: a policeman died. FACT: raging kids with no moral or future throw stones and burn tyres on a weekly basis. FACT: IT just so happens the guy dies on a particular time the Government is getting reports on human rights (as of those idiot kids or their families or whoever controls wanted this to be timed!!) FACT: Parents of such kids are responsible for such negligence , i just wish I had a beating with them for not caring that much! We have to focus on avoiding such future idiots growing or left alone to think or do such dumb things! the only way is to educate them the right from wrong, people like Al durazi and i am an idiot posting above simply need to go into a mental institution , and clean their sick demented minds! a human being got killed by the hands of another in this incidence so lets grow up and repair this situation!

  35. Lee Ann


    Your correct…two buses were burned here in Hidd…they are still there a week or more later…I guess as a momento or something. Hidd has become a hot bed too….no riots yet but the “under the table” talk has all the makings of a powder keg.

    Im thinking its time to take my kids and go home…and unfortunately for Bahrain…a great many other families might have the same thoughts. Its all well and good to make the claim that your “fighting for justice”…or that maybe the govt is behind this…one of the end results is an emptying of Bahrain of some of the very people who are needed to keep it going…and who would benefit from that?

  36. Sam

    FACT: raging kids with no moral or future throw stones and burn tyres on a weekly basis.

    Not entirely. When the names & ages surface of those 15 arrested, I’m pretty sure the majority of them will be over 18. Unfortunately, I think it takes Bahrainis quite some time to mature mentally and to start acting like adults.

    I personally don’t believe in the conspiracy theory. This part of the world love their conspiracy theories dont they? Diana, iraq, 9/11, etc.

    This event was nothing more than what has been happening on almost weekly basis across Bahrain’s many villages and unfortunately, on this occasion, a life was lost.

    The show goes on.

  37. Faisal

    First of all my condolences to the family of the police officer. This was a brutal act of violence and murder, The police patrol car was burned by a Molotov then the wounded police officers were dragged out and hit with stones and iron rodes. Majed Asger’s skull was broken from number of places , his jaw and teeth were broken too in this act of crime , he was bleeding when they took him to hospital and till they buried him. Allah Bless his soul and i pray JUSTICE WILL BE DONE by the Authorities. These crimals think they can wake from such crimes but this time its their end Inshallah.

  38. im an idiot

    >>The police patrol car was burned by a Molotov then the wounded police officers were dragged out and hit with stones and iron rodes

    And you were there with them when this happened right? How does it feel having your head so high up a royal rectum?

  39. Ann (MobayDP)

    I have been watching this on the news and I agree.

    Not one single person will benefit from this. In Jamaica we have a different kind of violence…and so far the sorest losers have been our children. 🙁

  40. im an idiot

    Ok, to the cynic-on-welfare who said “oh, everyone in this part of the world thinks everything is a conspiracy theory”, stop being a douchebag; there’s an obvious difference between conspiracy theory and intelligent analysis.

    Try feeding the following to your brain and see what comes out the other side:

    1. The family of Bahrain’s Martyr (TM) now want compensation for their son. Have you heard of any such thing in any part of the world, ever? A policeman supposedly dies in the line of duty and the family ask for compensation? I believe “WTH” is the only way to react to such an absurd piece of news.

    2. The body of Bahrain’s Martyr (TM) has been flown to some village in Pakistan. So much for national loyalty. I wonder what percent of the recently naturalized Pakistanis and Bedouin Arabs will stay put if God forbid Bahrain ever comes under attack by some outside force.

    3. It turns out one of the prime suspects who is currently locked up has one hell of an alibi; he was training at his club (Tadhamon) as confirmed by his coach and teammates at the time when the supposed killing happened.

    4. MOI said that Bahrain’s Martyr (TM) burnt to death, but good old grandpa did something stupid and told the papers yesterday that his grandson actually died of hits to the head. Oops.

    5. Where the hell’s the body of the deceased?

    6. The burnt car is clearly a Land Rover. How many years has it been since the MOI last used Land Rovers? I’ve never ever seen anything but Nissan Safaris and Land Cruisers patrolling the streets for at least 5 years now. Oops.

    7. The Bandarite news website elaph posted an exclusive story about the event while the car was supposedly still burning at a time when journalists were prevented from entering Karzakkan. Anyone smell something fishy here?

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    Anyone smell something fishy here?

    Plenty, and I’m compelled to raise an eyebrow or two about the stories in the papers of the family demanding compensation!

    Having said that, I don’t think anyone condones the violent death of a human being. How that happened – given the conflicting stories we have now – is grounds for a serious and impartial investigation.

  42. Sam

    1 – Absolutely! I’m pretty certain ‘Dying a fiery death’ is not part of the job description. If the family believes, as do others, that his death could/may have been prevented, or his death was attributed by inadequate training, or failures on the MOI’s part through a numerous factors then yes, what’s the stop them seeking compensation? Many forces worldwide were found accountable to deaths of one of their own. This of course comes after a lengthy, thorough, independent investigations into the circumstances of his death – so I’m not going to hold my breath!!

    2 – So what if his body has been flown back to his country of origin? That was the family’s choice. They might pack up and leave tomorrow.

    3 – I can’t comment on the third as I’ve heard nothing.

    4 – Again, nobody has been given finite details so we actually don’t know if he died in a fireball, or was injured before hand, or a mixture of both etc.

    5 – Body sent back to Pakistan? Like you said yourself?

    6 – Well spotted – But I can categorically say there are still older Land Rovers in MOI colours still around – maybe this one got put to use?

    7 – Journalists prevented access. Come on – like that’s a surprise all of a sudden?

    Cynic-on-welfare – suits me! 😆

  43. Faisal

    Mr. idiot is an total freak who likes to spread wrong rumors and hate, good he named himself idiot so people don’t call him that, he was born an idiot and will die an idiot. So be careful and watch your mouth Please!!! and respect the dead whether he was an origin of any cast any country his a Muslim we have to learn from the teachings of our Prophet Mohamed and Wali Allah Ali they treated all same biggest example is Bilal Al-abshi he was a salve but he was the greatest example of equity to the world that we in Islam don’t have discrimination and racism. I am just 23 but seeing you elders talk like this breaks my heart and makes me feel,,,, what the hell is happening in my country???
    people getting shot by snippers!!
    people killed by tear gas excess use!!
    And now a security officer killed for protecting and stabilizing peace in a village. I pray and wish that we stick together stop separating us like this sunna wa shia.
    You Mr. Mahmood ((Masha-Allah)) grew a name by making buttons ((No shia No Sunni)), why your letting some people to create more hate against each other, When i talk and condole for a death of someone i am called a royal rectum ,, wow Thanks alot and May Allah give you guys some brains, i wish,,, i just wish we be brothers and sisters like our old times,, like how our grand parents used to tell us stories of old times and good days i wish all that days return back, May peace be with you all.

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    May I just point out that the ‘good times’ included a state run collection of informers, state security system and serious riots about every ten years starting in the 1970’s if not before. It also included mass suppression.
    Were there ever ‘good times’?
    As stated in a previous post, violence only begets violence. Talk is needed . . . and a realization that work involves getting off your butt and starting a job at a low level and working your way up. The job ethic does seem to be lacking in some quarters of the disenfranchised youth these days.

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