And this is how the political situation – or at least what they want to desperately term as political – goes. A continuous cat-and-mouse game with no regard nor any attempt is made to encode and inculcate just laws which serve as a benchmark that is applied to everyone regardless of shape, colour or size.
The king has ordered the the case dropped which was levied against Hassan Mushaim’i, Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja and Shaker Abdulhussain for “publicly inciting hatred against and scorning the regime and broadcasting news and rumors that may cause internal unrest and publicly inciting resistance to the authorities and not to bow to laws.”
That is excellent news of course, especially – as I predicted earlier – at a time when quite a number of Bahraini villages were rioting against not only this particular case but due to the general anger people are feeling on how this “democratic experiment” is going.
So the case is dropped, no more rioting (hopefully) will occur on the 21st, a day which was earmarked as “support Mushaim’i day” throughout Bahrain, but how long will this situation last? Any spark here will light the fires again because there is no equitable base to maintain a state of political equilibrium.
It seems that the government only reacts when it is absolutely necessary for it to do so, giving the impression that they are telling the people that they will only get what they want only if they forcefully demand it, or drag it out from between the government’s clamped jaws.
This “getting it by force” attitude was quite evident recently with the government’s repeated attempt to derail the newly proposed Press & Publications Law submitted by five members of the Shura Council by submitting its own amendments to the old law immediately! According to parliamentary bylaws, the government’s submissions take precedence, therefore, the Shura submitted laws will constitutionally be ignored.
One has to ask the question; however, if those amendments were obviously ready for some time, and demands for the Press & Publications Law number 47/2002 have been continuous, why did the government wait for an action to effect a reaction?
My view of governments’ function and primary task is to not just establish a bar to which all can strive to, but also continuously raise it in order to encourage creativity and competitiveness engendering continuous development; thus, raising the standard of living of all its citizens by doing so by placing the country at good international competitive plains at which it will excel by virtue of these functions.
What this government seems to be doing is quite the reverse. It is high time that it woke up from its lethargic slumber and realize that the times have been changing and the world no longer can afford to wait around for us to catch up. We will simply be left behind and quite quickly forgotten.
It is high time that the constitution and laws be retooled to take this into account and the sooner we get this done, the faster we can really turn the page and get on with our lives within a modern world order. Comprehensively retooling the constitution (which is the mother of laws) and removing the shackles on criticism, freedom of speech and personal freedoms will afford us the necessary agility to compete in this day and age; continuous cats-and-mice games will not.
I salute his majesty the king for ordering the case against these activists be dropped, but I also implore him to lead the kingdom into the future by ordering already agreed constitutional amendments to be adopted so that we can truly be a globally competitive Constitutional Monarchy.