15 Dec, '11

Nick Kristof was once again in Bahrain recently and as any good reporter, delved right into the events he came to investigate, talked to both sides of the conflict and came to the conclusions that most of the Bahraini people have been laboriously living through and breathing over the last ten months.

Others who choose to keep the blinkers permanently affixed to their conscience – and expectedly – cry foul whenever someone attempts to remove them. They do so not in providing evidence to contradict what has been reported, of course, but by blaming someone for the effort. This time, ironically, the government:

That’s right. Advise an erring government to further push its head in the sand. And here, my friends, is the crux of the problem. “Loyalists” if they could actually be called that, are doing immense damage to the country and its people by naively believing that the best way to deal with real problems is to hide from the truth and through their actions condone the government’s straying from the correct path. They also assume that international observers are like the sheep they’re used to, are very easily misled and will also believe their versions of the “truth”, though the truth is staring them in the eye.

So what did Nick do this time? What kind of “untruths” did he tell?

Well, spend a few minutes with this:

And here’s the article that goes with this video.

We ain’t goin’ nowhere fast if we continue to bury our heads in the good stuff.

So what are the things that will get us out of this mess? Well, they are what every human being on earth is and should be aspiring to:

    1. A new constitution forged by a constituent assembly elected to establish a constitutional monarchy and an elected Government.
    2. The adoption of an equitable electoral system to achieve representation of all of our society.
    3. Dismiss the government and the formation of a transitional government whose mission is to achieve political and security breakthroughs so as to create a suitable ground for a serious and fruitful national dialogue. We reject the reduction of this important requirement through a limited cabinet reshuffle which is a repetition of the previous attempts which did not provide a real alternative to our people.
    4. Release of the remaining prisoners of conscience and political prisoners and the abolition of their trials.
    5. The formation of an independent and impartial commission of inquiry in the killings that took place since 14 February, and to bring those responsible to trial.
    6. Neutralization of the state’s official media in order for it to be nationally representative of all components of the society and their views.
    7. To provide the necessary safeguards to achieve the government’s commitment to agreements it undertakes.

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  1. Sanity says:

    Hi Mahmood,

    Whenever i visit your website two posts come in to mind. The first was the post where you stated that the february 14th movement had no chance of succeeding (boy were we both wrong) and the post/tweet when you decided to rush back to Bahrain on March 14. Its been a while since both events. One day soon inshallah my 3rd memory will be a post about how the pain and headache of these difficult times was worth it, a post about a better Bahrain!

  2. Anonny says:

    I had a meal tonight with a friend in the National Guard who was doing riot police duty from February to July. It was an eye opener to hear from him, because he is somebody I trust. It has been very tough for him too. I think it’s time to stop thinking of this movement as peaceful. It quite clearly isn’t. I’ve been back in Bahrain a couple of weeks and I’ve spoken to a full spectrum of people. So many opinions. But one thing clear to me today is that loyalists and police have a voice too, and it’s one that the international media has pretty much ignored.

    • mahmood says:

      Not sure why the King bothered with BICI and all the money he spent on him. He too should have had just a single meal and a chat with your friend and be done with it. All contrary evidence of brutality be damned!

  3. Anonny says:

    Also, I’ve been driving through Bahrain tonight. So much teargas everywhere. This can’t be healthy. Then on the Exhibition road I see scenes of National Day celebrations. Surreal stuff. Partying and strife within two kilometres of each other.

  4. Anonny says:

    I’m not being one-sided, Mahmood, I was just saying I heard some of the other side for the first time. I’m the last person to deny any evidence of brutality. I saw the effects of some of it myself. I haven’t been tracking how you feel about all this, but I’m getting a little fed up of being accused of blindness or denial by both sides whenever somebody (not me any more) brings up the subject in conversation. I apologise if that is not what you were doing.

  5. Anonny says:

    OK maybe this topic wasn’t the ideal time for me to post as I did. I can see it looks kinda denialist in context. Sorry, people 🙁

  6. nobody says:

    Anonny – well actually, since the police are mostly foreign mercenaries who shouldn’t even be on the island, I would argue that their voice isn’t particularly important. As for the “loyalists”, they should be free to express their views, and stand in a free and fair election. In which they would be trounced.

    67% of the vote went to Al Wefaq in last year’s election. That’s what this all boils down to – the will of the people.

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