And the penny drops… Bahrain-Qatar wise

Over the last few weeks, tensions have been running high between Bahrain and Qatar, with the latter apprehending and in one case shooting Bahraini amateur and professional fishermen. 106 of them are said to be put on a mass trial in the Qatari capital Doha soon.

I reflected about both countries strained relations before and have received countless suppositions as to the reason for this worsening condition, but none really made sense. Until I woke up this morning and saw the following piece of information plastered on all of our local papers:

Bahrain has nominated Dr Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani for GCC secretary-general’s post with effect from April 1, 2011, it was announced last night. The decision came in response to a letter His Majesty King Hamad received from Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah

GDN 27 May 10

What happened to Al-Mutawa who was nominated before? Why the sudden fall from grace? Why this deal? [background, Arabic]

Well, Reuters reports that:

Analysts say Mutawa is disliked by Qatar because, as information minister, he had led Bahrain’s publicity campaign against Qatar during the territorial dispute over the Hawar islands.

Has the penny dropped for you now too?

What goes around comes around…

But playing with one-hundred-and-six families “to get your own back” and force a country to back down is not just infantile, but also abhorrent.


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    And we love Qatar and Qataris too! That will not change, regardless of whatever differences occur between governments. We’re one people my friend.

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