Sometimes I am actually quite happy that in Bahrain only three types of people get guns: members of the ruling family, the police and the military. Everyone else, you just don’t get it.
So when you hear of gun crimes in Bahrain, you know with a good amount of certainty who the perpetrator might be, or at least it doesn’t tax the brain too much to narrow the circle of suspicion. I wouldn’t be too surprised either, owing to the controlling nature of the government regarding guns, that even bullets have serial numbers. There is virtually no chance that you would just brush such a crime aside and say it’s drug or gang related. It just doesn’t happen like that here.
Then I can categorically say that the first thought that went through my head as I browsed Al-Waqt newspaper this morning was: the police or the military did it. End of story.
Once I started reading the short article printed with the image, that certainty became even more certain. It’s an inside job.
According to information I heard from one of Mahdi Abdulrahman Mohammed’s colleagues is that he had an argument with a some policemen earlier in the day. He left the scene of the argument and drove away in his car, as he was driving he became aware of two unmarked police cars following him. Fearing for his safety, he headed to a crowded area of Muharraq, but the two cars obstructed his path, he stopped and got out of his car. Assailants then assaulted him and riddled him with bullets and left him to die. Mahdi was unarmed.
According to the report in the paper, he actually was able to stagger a little bit toward his home, which was in close proximity of the crime’s location, but passers-by picked him up and took him to the local health centre in Muharraq where he died on arrival.
I know from some sources that police have already identified the assailants, and have cordoned off the main perpetrator’s house, who is a policeman.
May Mahdi rest in peace.
The question now must be: what is the screening process does the Ministry of Information or the Ministry of Defence for that matter adopt to actually hire their personnel who are allowed to carry arms? Do they actually conduct psychological tests on those people? Or does it suffice that the “officer” has no real affinity and affiliation to Bahrain? To be absolutely plain here: do these ministries reserve their trust only to foreigners brought in to “protect” us? A bunch of mercenaries who have been brought up in completely foreign environments and cultures?
Look for instance at all incidents of armed crimes over the last few years; every single one of them was perpetrated by “new” Bahrainis who have been brought in to be inducted into the police and military forces!
If this is the case, and for the last 30 years of my life this is what I believed to be true, then I demand from the government to immediately loosen the gun ownership laws so that I can go out and immediately buy a gun to protect myself and my family from harm. After all, in this lawless state we have arrived at, what prevents anyone who carries a gun and has a grudge against me or any other member of my family, friends, or community to just come over and empty his revolver in one of us for the sake of appeasing his slighted feelings the only way he knows how?
The government here MUST be extremely transparent in investigating this crime, their findings must be made public and perpetrators put behind bars for the rest of their miserable lives.
Moreover, the Ministry of Interior MUST re-look at its employment policies. No one looks after their country better than a countryman, as no matter how much mercenaries get paid or no matter how much you try to integrate them into the community by force by granting them haphazzard citizenship that they do not value, at the end of the day they will just say “to hell with it” and they’re on the first place back to where they came from.
And we’re left to pick up the pieces.
Who is now going to take care of Mahdi’s 8-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter and wife?