- Posted October 5, 2013 by
An open letter to PM Khalifa...
Not for the first time in many decades they perceived the same old lack of hope and exasperation as the so called “new beginning” just continued from where the British imperial hubris of your predecessors left off. I was one of them.
Unfortunately, it seems that Bahraini politics cannot be changed - thanks to a constant barrage of misinformation being fed along corridors of power at the Rifaa Palace.
For a man with your background to label Bahrain not a cauldron of sectarian strife that you yourself fuel, was shocking! This statement must have been meticulously prepared by your team of speechwriters, and approved by your closest advisers, who once again have shown themselves to be unfamiliar with the different states of the real world.
For your information, and according to a recent United Nations report, Syria's death toll officially reached 100,000 plus in June this year. By the end of last month it had surpassed 120,000. In Bahrain, you’ve killed many who oppose you, but somehow it barely matters to you or your followers.
For Iraq, the number butchered in 2008 was 6,787, in 2009 3,056, in 2010 2,953, in 2011 2,771, in 2012 3,238, and up to this August stood at 4,853. These figures have been authenticated by the United Nations. It seems until you match those figures in Bahrain, you think you are completely in the clear and above any criticism. You’ve killed some people, but not as many. So your argument is degree, and not principle.
In Bahrain, citizens are being targeted, and sometimes murdered, routinely by thugs wielding police badges and batons and factory-made weapons like teargas, something I'm sure your representatives in Bahrain are fully aware of.
In this country, a citizen is ignored because of his or her religious beliefs, family tree, or colour. Suffice to say that whether in the private sector or government bureaucracy, all Bahrainis are equals, but some have more wasta and thus are more equal.
Amongst them are millionaires, the rich and well-to-do, as well as working class people. Some say as long people have money, they should not ever ask for freedom of choice in how they are governed; this is exactly like your views. Therefore for your good self to show ignorance of naked facts is a great disappointment.
Mr PM, how on earth can you justify having Bahrain run by your totalitarian regime?
This country's relations with the USA have been intertwined successfully since the beginning of the 20th Century. In fact former USA ambassador to Bahrain Adam Ereli, emphasised this only a few days ago. He wrote an outstanding article criticising America's deteriorating political attitude towards Bahrain and the rest of the GCC - comments worth reading if you haven't done so yet because his opinion shows what a minority of people think, as opposed to the many many more who think you’re a tyrant who will do anything to hold to his own and to his family’s power.
This small country has suffered a lot from its own media's misinformation. Yet all you have to do is seek advice from your citizens who have lived or are living in Bahrain peacefully, instead of shooting or jailing them under the pretence of “terrorism”.
Bahrain's political system is a rigid structure, which cannot and will not be forced to bend or drift under pressure from calls for democracy. It will always remain true to its own AlKhalifas and also to its many thousands of residents who blindly support you out of fear of genuine reform. For freedom of expression and belief is not respected or sacrosanct in this country.
PM Khalifa, you entered the office of PM for yourself and not for you citizens.
A PM with such limited credentials will never possess the ability and impartiality to distinguish naked facts from his fabricated fiction!