We Know What Happened Around the World, Now What?

One day after following the Bahrain Independent Commission Investigation and King Hamad’s pledge for reforms, Ali Salman impatiently edges the crowd with a speech,

Lets’ talk about an example that took place in the past few days, from the womb of Al Tahrir Square appointed the PM of Egypt Essam Shaaraf. Few days back the Egyptian people went back to Al Tahrir Square and the security forces attacked them, people were killed so after three days the government resigned after it was already born From Al Tahrir Square, don’t you understand the moral of it after all the scandals, Kind Abdulla Said “If I was in Bashar’s position now I would’ve resigned” so If you were in Bu Ali shoes what will you do?People chanting (Khalifa walkaway) Ali Salman Said (Call for the government to fall) listen to more here

A few days on Toby Jones from the Carnegie Endowment writes :

We Know What Happened in Bahrain: Now What?

Well decades on and violations that have occurred on civilisations by the west should be questioned… NOW WHAT?  We also know what happened around the Western world……But then we know the answer to that question, it would be stated that that was a “regrettable” part of History and even though these “regrets” are still occurring today, we have not seen the immensity of the press or Carnegie Endowment question… NOW WHAT?

And if the attrocities as an example like these attrocities and this are referred to as regrettable incidences of the past, we can also say the same of incidences a few minutes ago or days ago as “regrettable” incidences too and they can also be referred to as a part of “history”… well in a fair world that would be the case however in the world we live in, some are “regrettable” and some are forever “condemned” depending on who committed the violations.

Now what? The BICI report was released on the 24th of November, and we are not even a fortnight away. There is one fact that remains is that it seems the world does not understand the job the commission was hired to do, so here is a clarification taken from their website:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The purpose of the establishment of the commission was to investigate and report the events that took place from February 2011 and the consequences of those events in terms of any acts of violence that occurred, any actors involved in acts, appropriateness of arrests and detentions, police brutality, violence by protesters, to investigate allegations of dissapearances and torture, media harassment, any unlawful demolition of religious structures etc.

The commission was not established to politically engineer a seat for Al Wefaq to Govern Bahrain.

A week after the BICI report and Toby Jones from Carnegie Endowment expects a miracle to happen overnight.

“Inquiries into Western violations some decades in the past have yet to reach even the commissioning stage.”

He is pushing on Political reform more than ever and while he is constantly writing in favour of political reform the only party in mind is Al Wefaq and while looking to hold “accountability”  on the Governments stance of which King Hamad accepted and has promised reforms, he fails to address that at the same time extreme protesters and Al Wefaq (and additional groups) are also accountable. Jones writes:

To be sure, the report was also critical of demonstrators who used violence, and it criticized al-Wefaq and several other leading political societies for failing to seize an opportunity for dialogue offered by Crown Prince Salman in March.

And that’s all he writes about the demonstrators that used violence. One cannot deny that the Government are and have accepted to be held responsible and accountable for the actions used by the police forces however we have not seen accountability from individuals and groups who have orchestrated violent attacks against the expat community. Infact today we have seen Amnesty and “human rights” activists appeal for their release.

Regarding Al Wefaq he also failed to cover the fact that Al Wefaq in paragraph 526 and according to opposition sources, Al Wefaq and the other political societies accepted this US proposal:

a. Al Wefaq and its National Coalition allies will immediately orchestrate the removal of barricades and protesters from all highways and from all roads in Manama. Protesters will maintain a peaceful and orderly presence at the GCC Roundabout.
b. The BDF and MoI will implement an operation to ensure that all highways are fully accessible to the general public.
c. The BDF and MoI will immediately implement an operation to terminate all ―vigilante activity, followed by the dismantling of all illegal roadblocks and checkpoints.
d. The BDF Commander and ranking GCC Forces Commander will issue a statement clarifying the deployment of army units (i.e. to sensitive locations only), as well as rules of engagement.
e. Al Wefaq and its National Coalition allies agree:
i. To join immediately a genuine and credible national dialogue process that addresses the concerns and aspirations of all Bahraini citizens; and ii. To orchestrate the full withdrawal of protesters from the GCC Roundabout within four weeks or once the National Coalition declares that discernable progress is being made in the national dialogue process, whichever is sooner.
f. The GoB of Bahrain announces:
i. The right for peaceful and orderly protests to continue;
ii. The temporary shuttering of Bahrain Television;
iii. The release of all remaining ―political prisoners; and
iv. The intent to form an interim government within 60 days.
g. The ―Public Safety Decree will be annulled and the GCC Forces will withdraw from Bahrain if there are no violent incidents
It must be noted that The Gathering of National Unity (TGONU) did not agree to this and it must also be noted that a majority of Bahrain’s community would also not agree with the American proposal, but AlWefaq who wants a “democracy” without democratically asking the people of Bahrain what they wanted…. agreed.

Just looking at the History of the West to date one would wonder why Carnegie Endowment and their writers and advisors spend so much time of their day just monitoring Bahrain. Simple answer to that, Bahrain is a strategically one of the most important location in terms of demographics in the Middle East and in the world. It is a centrepoint for the shipping lanes that run their most precious resource and it’s an “access” point into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and later on the rest of the Middle East.

So while Carnegie Endowment’s Toby continues to state, “Bahrain remains stuck in what seems an intractable political crisis. Since March its security services have waged a brutal campaign to suppress the country’s pro-democracy movement”, others can argue that this was not a pro-democracy movement but a near coup with the capital at a standstill, the financial district shut down, schools closed in some cases due to attacks or the fact that parents couldn’t reach to drop or collect their children, food no longer distributed for days, the major hospital hijacked….

And how can anyone politically go forward when the following was stated recently by a “Human Rights” activist who should change the title to “political activist”:

“We are calling for the fall of the regime” watch more here

Zainab Al Khawaja goes on to talk about a “book” of which 98.4% Bahrainis voted in favour for a replacement  of the 1973 Constitution. Here is the “book” they refer to and if the community would actually read it Bahrain National Action Charter they would realise that it is a “book” that should be read and abided by on both sides, not gotten rid of.

Now what kind of compromise could the government of Bahrain have here when opposition groups and activists are calling for nothing more than the Governments exit?

 

Having had discussions with different idiologies around Bahrain, I was recently told by a friend who has a different idiology,

” I want a democracy”

So I took the time to explain the term democracy and also found this that should be shared, written by Walter E. Williams a professor of economics at George Mason University.

It is truly disgusting for me to hear politicians, national and international talking heads and pseudo-academics praising the Middle East stirrings as democracy movements. We also hear democracy as the description of our own political system. Like the founders of our nation, I find democracy and majority rule a contemptible form of government.

You say, “Whoa, Williams, you really have to explain yourself this time!”

I’ll begin by quoting our founders on democracy. James Madison, in Federalist Paper No. 10, said that in a pure democracy, “there is nothing to check the inducement to sacrifice the weaker party or the obnoxious individual.” At the 1787 Constitutional Convention, Virginia Gov. Edmund Randolph said, “… that in tracing these evils to their origin every man had found it in the turbulence and follies of democracy.” John Adams said, “Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There was never a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” Alexander Hamilton said, “We are now forming a Republican form of government. Real Liberty is not found in the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments.”

The word “democracy” appears nowhere in the two most fundamental documents of our nation — the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. Our Constitution’s Article IV, Section 4, guarantees “to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government.” If you don’t want to bother reading our founding documents, just ask yourself: Does our pledge of allegiance to the flag say to “the democracy for which it stands,” or to “the Republic for which it stands”? Or, did Julia Ward Howe make a mistake in titling her Civil War song “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”? Should she have titled it “The Battle Hymn of the Democracy”? read more here

Going back to Carnegie Endowment and the constant eyes on the Middle East:

Combining in-depth local knowledge with incisive comparative analysis to examine economic, socio-political, and strategic interests in the Arab world.

In the the strategic interest of who?

 

 

 

11 thoughts on “We Know What Happened Around the World, Now What?

  1. Fatima

    Wow! Reading this would certainly have been a long needed and true eye-opener for many little, “black” sheep roaming the streets of Bahrain. Looke like many little “black” (or even green and red ones) sheep in Bahrain are mislead by their religious clerics into believing Iran + Khomeini= democracy… I shall say no more. And when it comes to the “interview” with with the Khawaja girl… All I can say is, it made me LAUGH! Long and hard! The “book” – lol! Ooooo! Scary! I don’t know how this silly girl can actually think a country can be run as an anarchy… What? Bahrain has a CONSTITUTION?!!! Shock and horror! Or no, tell me… She, of course, and her fellow brainwashed herd of “black” sheep would rather have a book based on Khomeini’s word. Yup, good look to you, Khawaja. You suck. You’re brainwashed. You’re just another “black” sheep blindly following your ayatollah.

  2. Brighton Taxi

    I like your style. I think its really clever to highlight the atrocities done by the US and the UK in order to make the Al Khalifa regime not look quite so bad. It must be horrible being in the Bahraini royal family, you’re just trying to keep those crazy Shia from taking over and the whole world points their fingers at you and calls you barbaric. That’s so unfair, isn’t it. If it wasn’t for King Hamad the world would be run by a big Ayatollah in Iran by now and we’d all be saying ‘I wish Hamad hadn’t been so soft and arrested a few more people and had them strung up and whipped with cable.’

  3. FishSaloona

    @Brighton Taxi: If it wasn’t for what happened in Bahrain and the BICI investigation followed by the King’s implementation kick-off based on the commissioners’ recommendations, you would be looking at collateral damage at FCO sites the world-over and not just the embassy in Tehran – go figure!

    And a good day to you too mate.

  4. FishSaloona

    @BV: Obviously our friends like BrightonTaxi doesn’t realize who you are, nor has been on the ground following happenings and hence find its easier to weigh in and just say – ‘Oh, another hired government PR mercenary’.

    Well, soon the details of those PR, Digital Media and Comms agencies paid by the so-called human rights circle will start flowing like a tap online. Anonymous may have been fooled by the radical rights activists once earlier this year into defacing Bahrain’s web presence, but they are highly unlikely to fall for the same game the second time around.

  5. admin Post author

    Dear Brighton Taxi,
    It is very strange that you think I am from the royal family. Infact you have pointed fingers at many people on your twitter account and have believed that it is this or that person who writes in Bahrain Views.
    I write the truth, I write to highlight the attrocities world wide and the hypocrisy. I believe in clean up your own back yard before you look at others. In this case despite the fact that I don’t like to write about other countries in MY blog, i feel the need to due to the lack of exposure around the world and the finger constantly pointing to the Arab world. Know one is better than the rest and we are all equal. Once the world stops pointing in the direction of the arab world, I will stop writing…

  6. Brighton Taxi

    I love the Arab world and that’s why I want the best for it which is what the majority of its people want: a democracy. My backyard is far from perfect but at least I can choose my leaders at the ballot box. When I point my finger, its at the dictators, not the people. Anyway, I don’t think you’re from the royal family but I’m pretty sure you’re paid by them, if not, you should be. I may not agree with your position but you write so much more eloquently than most of the pro regime faction.

  7. Bahraini Girl

    @Brighton taxi. Democracy. Is that what Al Wefaq stand for? Before Feb 14th they stood for restricting women socially and economically, banning the practice of other religions and their places of worship, to mention just a couple of examples. This party is not fit to govern and in the UK this party would be dismissed as racist nutters. I would encourage the US/UK media to investigate the opposition before lauding it as the pro democracy saviors of Bahrain.

  8. admin Post author

    No actually it is run by individuals who want to have their say and is open to anyone who wants to read it whether they agree with the article or not as it is personal opinions and freedom of expression. But it would be nice if we were under a PR agency and I am flattered if you think so. Bahrain views is also open to anyone who would like to have their say and they can write into bahrainviews@live.com if they have an opinion they would like to publish which will be moderated if necessary.

  9. life4bh

    @Brighton Taxi if you loved the Arab world so much as you stated, you would leave it alone. I love America a lot (people and land, NOT government), you don’t see me running around calling for Shari’a law to be applied there!

  10. Ali

    @Brighton taxi:”I love the Arab world and that’s why I want the best for it which is what the majority of its people want: a democracy”

    sorry to say this, but the majority of the Arabs do not want the version of democracy you are advocating, the democracy you advocate was built on the empowerment of a political sect based on their religious affiliation, and they are NOT a majority. The opposition acts is if it represents all Bahrainis which is not true.

    Should we Bahrainis simply roll over and accept an Iranian imposed government just because the opposition and people who don’t know better like you calls it a “democracy”?

    p.s. blindly repeating what so called “Human rights activists” say without even bothering to acknowledge the widely ignored human rights of non-protestors in Bahrain is an odd way to show how much you “love the Arab world”!

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