My mind is in absolute turmoil. Sitting in Vancouver airport awaiting my interminable flights to get back home, I can’t prevent myself from repeatedly asking: What am I going back to? A country on the prcipesce of civil war where one is marked by the sect he or she was born into. No longer people, but containers of hate the likes of which I have never witnessed, fueled blindly and criminally by so called men of the cloth on one side, and by those who think they have the most to lose.
Regardless, I choose to come back to continue to espouse sanity and tolerance. To continue to try to show people that regardless of their beliefs, status or wealth, our destinies as Bahrainis are intertwined and it behoves us to find equitable ways to live together and ameliorate our differences.
I don’t want to point fingers nor am interested in apportioning further blame. I favor the recognition of the root causes of this strife in order to move on, no matter how painful that exercise may be.
What we need now is to restore calm, work at restoring trust and work together to establish an equitable constitution and system of governance. We need to have a truth and reconciliation commission with powers to bring wrong doers to face their victims and apologize for their crimes in order to turn the page over and start afresh. We need wise and courageous leadership from both sides of the divide to publicly start the process and I hope through these difficult compromises, we shall regain or life, security and stability while guiding the ship of our nation to a better and more tolerant future in which social justice and the respect for human rights rule supreme.
The horrific stories I have heard over the last four weeks, the advent of shameless vigilantes and the seeming complete breakdown of safety and security are worrying, but while I do not support the imposition of martial law completely, I recognize that at this time, it might be a good temporary step to regain control of the situation. I fervently hope; however, that this will not morph into another state security law which will extend decades to the detriment of the people of Bahrain and at the expense of humane rights and freedom of expression. We don’t want to live through that again.
I wish every single Bahraini and resident peace and security. And hope that together we shall get out of this situation much stronger that we ever were before.[note: in view of the current situation, I shall delete any comment deemed to be sectarian, inciting or promoting hate and shall block its author. This is the time to coallesce together as one to rise above this situation and seek resolution, not fan the flames.]