When one-time valued friends choose to become enemies and permeate mistrust in those they once held in high regard and trust, a reboot button might be the only way forward, because continuing like this, will turn the whole situation uglier than our darkest nightmares.
Twitter’s a place where you go to get your blood pressure up these days. It has become a longer a place where intelligent conversation seldom takes place, especially when engaged with the majority of people who flooded in after #feb14. I normally don’t partake in those conversations because I know why they’re there and what they want to achieve. I never thought; however, that I would be faced with a situation where one of those would be a person I sincerely thought be a good and valued friend. This now erstwhile friend seem to have inexplicably taken umbrage with my ideology and positions and wasted not another opportunity to pounce by levying baseless assumptions and accusations against me. I know that he’s not the first and won’t be the last. The tragedy of the situation is that I held him in very high regard and I liaised with him in cordial business for over three years and I had nothing but praise for him in front of everyone. Professional, educated, erudite and a general good guy is the impression that I’ve built of him over the years…. After an exchange over a period of few minutes last night though, it was quite evident to me that once again, I have been a bad judge of character.
It started simply enough with challenging a statement made in a tweet from @saqeralkhalifa in which he stated that:
|“ ||I’ve been meeting numerous journalists who wrote untrue stories on #Bahrain. They were disappointed on opposition when I presented evidence|
As the gentleman is an official in the our embassy in the US, I thought he should know better than to make such a statement without offering a semblance of proof or evidence to support his assertions. He’s at that position in the first place to probably monitor the media and “correct” some errant thoughts about our dear country – amongst other valued cultural activities of course. He should know; therefore, that making unfounded statements can and do hurt the country rather than help it.
So I asked:
|“ ||@SaqerAlKhalifa care to share the names of those journalists?|
To date, there has been no response from the original author. There was; however, this shocking comment from my so called “friend” of several years:
|“ ||@SaqerAlKhalifa don’t bother replying to @mahmood . He will probably just pass the names of the journalists for the opposition to target.|
Talk about giving a friend the benefit of the doubt… I decided not to take offense at this statement and to politely ask him to mind his own business:
|“ ||@BuYasmeen @saqeralkhalifa ooh, love you too! But I think the gent can make up his own mind.|
Unfortunately, the gentleman seems to be filled to the brim with either anger, or hatred, or may be both:
|“ ||@mahmood @SaqerAlKhalifa can certainly make his own mind up, but it is my national duty to warn him of sneaky buggers like you.|
National duty? How can this be construed as national duty in even a moronic and infantile mind?
However, once again, I tried to calm the mood and give him a hint to stay out of this as it most definitely does not concern him.
|“ ||@BuYasmeen @saqeralkhalifa oooh behayve, I thought we was friends! What did I sneak up you?|
but unfortunately to no avail
|“ ||@mahmood Friends we can always be, but if you sneak up on my country, then you sneak up on me. I’m just sharing the love.|
What? So I’m an enemy who sneaks up on the country? ME? I’m not sure what Mohammed was smoking to have reached that conclusion, so maybe offering a reset might be advisable. Once again.
|“ ||@BuYasmeen moe we shared teas and meetings for over 3 years. I never saw the hate in you like this. What happened? What did u c in me 4 this|
|“ ||@BuYasmeen sorry, if this is your attitude, I don’t want your friendship. So disappointed in one that at one time I held in high regard.|
|“ ||@BuYasmeen and if this is your true self, and I thought once that you were intelligent enough to rise above this, then Bahrain has problems|
|“ ||@mahmood don’t put words in my mouth that I never said. I would gladly have teas and meetings with you for years to come.|
|“ ||@BuYasmeen explain this: “national duty to warn him of sneaky buggers like you”|
|“ ||@BuYasmeen and this “but if you sneak up on my country, then you sneak up on me”|
|“ ||@mahmood my attitude has always been open minded. It is your attitude that is in question, pointing north one day, and south the other.|
THIS is his interpretation of an open mind?
|“ ||@mahmood I don’t need to explain myself as my stance has always been clear. It is your comments since Feb that need explaining.|
|“ ||@BuYasmeen another baseless allegation mohammed. if you have any examples, offer them. else, I suggest that it’s you who have changed 180d|
|“ ||@BuYasmeen mohammed, find a mirror, look into it, and tell me in a moment of honesty if you like what you see. truly disappointed.|
|“ ||@mahmood I don’t need a mirror as I weigh my deeds everyday. Did you weigh ur self before publishing Bahrain’s Shame?|
|“ ||@BuYasmeen oooh, so that’s what pressed your button? I’m glad to contribute to your deep thinking. I stand by every single word.|
|“ ||@mahmood and do u stand by the words of AJalilKhalil regarding al jazeera English documentary on bahrain?|