- Posted October 5, 2013 by
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The written word: Your personal essays
Dear Mr. President: My response
Once again, Sally from Saar has left out detrimental facts to the uprisings in Bahrain. She stated that "fanatical opposition groups who have suggested that Bahrain is only for shiaa" is the cause of sectarianism in the country and references the gatherings at the now demolished Pearl Monument. What Sally failed to mention is that those gathered at Pearl Monument were not all Shia'a. It was a mixture of Bahrain society, a society that was fed up with the continued tyranny by the al-Khalifa family. Sunni and Shia'a were both there. It is also important to point out that Sally has time and time again stated that Bahrain is 'Sunni country'. Is this not sectarianism? Is this not exactly what she is denouncing in her post?
Sally also mentioned the gathering at Al-Fateh Mosque and calls this 'an astonishing show of loyalty' yet forgets to mention that all who were gathered at Al-Fateh Mosque were not Bahraini citizens. The numerous photos circulated from that gathering showed supporters of the Bahrain regime were from other countries, especially Saudi Arabia. Sally talks about 'meddling', but what is the difference in showing support for the regime and for the opposition?
Sally said calls of 'death of al-Khalifa' was a threat to a family yet she forgets to mention that those calls came after security forces fired indiscriminately on protesters in the days before (and after). Not being in that situation, Sally could not possibly understand the anger felt by those whose family members were taken from them. Calls for anyone's death is condemnable but also understandable given the circumstances.
Sally also claims that doctors refused to treat non-Shia'a patients which is a blatant lie. With the extreme amount of chaos taking place and the hospital being totally overrun by injured protesters, with most being serious, who was left to check a child with the flu or a cough? Doctors and nurses were busy suturing deep wounds, removing shotgun pellets, live ammunition, and other serious wounds. Patients were not turned way as is claimed, but the time they had to wait for medical attention was beyond normal waiting limits and this was out of the hands of the doctors and staff. Sally also forgets to mention that medical staff were arrested for treating protesters. She also forgets to mention that ambulances were blocked from bringing patients to the hospital by security forces. She also leaves out the most detrimental piece of information which is that SMC became a militarized zone and to this day both Bahraini and non-Bahraini complain about the state of the hospital after it became militarized.
Sally claims that there is freedom to worship in Bahrain and that opposition groups attempt to take that away from the rest of Bahraini citizens. This is totally false and what she also forgets to mention is that the regime denies the right to worship when they demolish mosques that have stood for decades. The regime claims that some mosques were on private land although they had been there for decades while promising to relocate and/or rebuild others. To this day, none of the demolished mosques have been rebuilt, neither in their original location nor in new locations. Freedom to worship is denied to these communities when their mosque is demolished.
Sally also claims that opposition has proven links to terrorist groups, yet it has been stated numerous times by a number of officials that there is no evidence linking opposition groups to any terrorist group. What Sally forgets to mention is that at the al-Fateh gathering, Al-Qaeda flags were present. She also forgets to mention that protests in front of the US Embassy say Al-Qaeda flags being waved proudly. So, why does the regime not focus on eradicating this international recognized terrorist group and why does Sally not mention the presence of Al-Qaeda in Bahrain?
Sally states there is evidence that the US Ambassador to Bahrain has supported the opposition. What she doesn't include is that forty-seven other countries also support the opposition's pursuit of their equal rights. She goes on to mention an article that quotes an interview that never happened which further solidifies the fact that any and everything Sally writes is pure government propaganda and nothing more.
Sally also claims that protests deny other citizens their basic rights, but what she doesn't mention is that her basic rights include shopping, going to the salon, or some other superficial privilege. She clams that protests always turn into anarchy, but what she fails to report is that protests are peaceful and remain peaceful until the end. That is, until security forces come in and attempt to disperse rallies, rallies that have been authorized by the regime. Security forces do anything and everything they can to antagonize protesters. This ranges from obscene and racist/discriminatory slurs to obscene gestures. It is well-documented the uncivilized manner in which security forces behave.
There will be no progress in Bahrain as long as the regime continues to grant impunity to police who torture and murder. There will be no progress in Bahrain as long as the regime continues to deny basic freedoms to all its citizens. There will be no progress in Bahrain as long as the regime continues to deny freedom to worship to certain portions of society. Progress will be achieved when all political prisoners are released and every individual responsible for crime is held accountable. This includes from both the opposition and the regime itself, especially the King and Prime Minister as they are ultimately responsible for the numerous deaths at the hands of the security forces.