Thursday, February 17, 2011
Bahrain blues. A few views.
Just for the record, and out of respect for the Kingdom we adore (more so than some of the protestors, sadly) bougi will celebrate Bahrain's stability, once it returns to stability.
And no, all bougi plans for this year's Formula One, are obviously and unfortunately on hold.
For those who don't know the full story, here's a very brief nutshell:
Bahrain is ruled by a Sunni royal family, a monarchy, not a dictatorship, or an oppressive regime. The Government isn't exactly perfect (please introduce us to one that is), but nevertheless, better and more forward, than most. Bahrain's population are predominantly shi'ia. However, the sunni/shi'ia problem, isn't so much of a problem anymore, as depicted by the simple folk - otherwise known as most Western press.
Sunnis and Shi'ias are united in their pro-Government support, as are other sunnis and shi'ias in their discrepancies with the Government. Saying that, these 'discrepancies', if presented to your average Egyptian, Yemeni, Libyan, Tunisian, Iraqi, or Irani, are actually, a little laughable.
Now, as a firm advocate for peace, and a non-judgemental non-Bahraini, I have a few questions, with regards to the Kingdom's 'situation':
1. If, as all Bahraini residents do, you received free healthcare, free education, free housing and benefits of up to 750 USD per month (for the unemployed), would you take it upon yourself - and your children - to go along to a public monument, a congested roundabout in fact, vandalise it, and then...sleep there? Would you, as a sensible human being, put your children at risk like that?
Why wasn't parliament chosen as a more viable camping option? Or maybe, one of the prisons? Wouldn't that have been more effective in meeting both constitutional and detainee concerns? I'm just saying.
2. Wouldn't you be grateful, as a law abiding citizen, for the [rather fortunate] platform provided? Or, would you consider making a couple of Molotov bombs? Drive (yes, many drove to their place of protest), park your personally owned vehicle, and proceed to disrespect your own land?
*Granted, the tanks were totally uncalled for. Brutal and just ugly, but were the bombs, called for? There seems to be some significant hatred going on here...why?
*Taxes are part of a so-called ''democracy''...just by the way. Again, I'm JUST saying :-)
3. Egyptians wanted to eat. Over 2 million of them are homeless - sidewalk/Tahrir Square/cardboard box/tent...same same. This isn't Egypt.
What do Bahrain's protestors want? Exactly?
4. Reform is ongoing. Constitutional concerns: A worldwide problem. Corruption: Please. Show me one country that isn't?
My final question: Yes, there's Governmental problems. Understood. But with health taken care of, education available, subsidies aplenty and opportunities all over the place, I really cannot understand this *high* level of anger. Why are they, so, mad?
Remember. Read carefully. Questions are being asked. Nothing has been stated as fact. I look forward to your tangible, educated answers, if any.
Last (but never least), I offer all of Bahrain's protestors a personal invitation to Africa. Or maybe Iran. A few American ghettos, even. Enjoy an unpleasant dose of harsh reality, genuine struggle, affirmative 'discrimination'. You'll be kissing Bahrain soil and screaming love for King Hamad louder a bunch of excited groupies. PEACE.