I – like the majority of Bahrainis – have become pessimistic and always looking for hidden meanings.
This latest feeling descended on me when I heard that a staunch loyalist MP invited the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid bin Ra’ad Alhussein to come to Bahrain to personally investigate the situation here and thus be assured that everything is good and that reports of repression are exaggerated.
This was swiftly followed up by the speaker of the house of representatives to affirm the invitation.
I can’t help but think that this is not real.
If they open themselves up for even cursory examination by international bodies, a hell of a lot of skeletons will come out of closets that will forever change this country from the core. This would be a good thing of course.
We as a country are facing a lot of challenges none of which will be resolved without real political will and recognising our deficiencies and doing something concrete to address them. And sycophants and their ways will simply not do.
Is this the reconciliation and rapprochement that we all have been dreaming of for the last few years?
I truly hope so.