@Asanator Thank you for your comment, you’re entitled to your opinions but just think about these things: What about the reports of killings of innocent civilians by the opposition, the brutal murder of the two police men, the Pakistani man who has been disabled and cannot talk because his tongue was slit, the Pakistani men who were stabbed because they mistook them for naturalized Bahrainis? The injured traumatized university students? What do you say to their families? What do you say to those who have lost their lives because they did not get receive the medical care they needed because some sectarian doctor refused to treat them?!
What about the medical report linked in the article “Part 1″ of the doctors giving their patient illegal amounts of “Atropine” in order to mimic nerve gas exposure so that the media films the injured with exaggerated symptoms? What about the right of that patient?
There are documented videos in the article I posted about most of the cases I mentioned. It is important to realize who initiated the violence. Who started it, and it certainly was not the government. We lived through this and whether you like it or not, my government took protective measures to make sure I feel safe and protected, and this goes to all Bahrainis including the protesters. Those who fought or attacked the police will get arrested or attacked back with tear gas of course as with any other country! Bahrain is a civilized country with respectable leaders up until before the protests started. How can our leadership become dictators all of a sudden? This was never their policy, nor were they known for their “brutal regime”, it actually sounds funny saying it because they exactly the opposite, they helped build Bahrain and develop to where it is today! A Huge achievement! The King himself was the one to introduce the democracy and initiated the Parliament. The opposition claimed to want democracy but did the opposite, shunned our voices and followed their political agenda which was influenced by foreign interests.
However, this the latest news is that the Al-Wefaq society have finally moved on and accepted dialogue with no pre-conditions! See the FT article: http://bit.ly/j4L5pq They have also said that they support the country’s economy and anything that will help in building it back. The Formula 1 GP is the biggest event with the biggest revenue, so it is safe to say that ALL of Bahrain want the GP back!
@Ned Flanders Heya Ned! I understand where you are coming from, but the fact of the matter is, I exist, I am a Bahraini, and this is what I think. The majority of my country think in the same way. I completely respect the peaceful ones, in fact I repeatedly said that we agreed with 80% of the demands. They then started supporting violence and as my comment above described hurt and injured a lot of people, many whom have died as a result! It was very sad to see.. We are hurt for a reason, we were terrorized, we were the ones dealing with them not the Western media. The opposition aren’t exactly known for their honesty and I promise will post videos that have recently emerged that show people revealing how they fabricated and lied to the International media to portray false injuries etc.. I know it sounds unbelievable, it sure did to us, we were appalled by the level they went just to shame the government. I believe in karma and I know that we will only get what we deserve.
For more ppl who have the same views check out the #BahrainWantsF1 tag and read :) (In the article I linked check out the photo of the people in the National Gathering: http://gallery.mac.com/aliphoto#100335 – They all share the same views as me) Not agreeing with me is absolutely perfect, but saying my opinion doesn’t mean anything is not true because our voice does exist.
@Icthyes I hope that if we don’t get the race it is not because of safety, but because of the complicated logistics and hassle of trying to fit everything in. I do understand Ross Brawn’s point of not having enough staff or holiday, etc… But for the teams it is still an extra race, and assuming that Vettel doesn’t run away with the championship, it can give teams some vital points. For us fans it’ll be great to have a longer F1 season as well.. Let’s hope the best for all happens.. You never know maybe we do go racing in the outer circuit one day. The BIC have always been keen on trying to improve the spectacle and introduced the new bit last year, realizing it didn’t work, they were going to go back to the old track. This just shows how willing they are to change for the better..
@Zadak That’s the spirit! Thank you so much Sir. I hope we get it back whenever we can, and if this year is feasible we would like ti because we’ve lost so much already and it will give us a strong economic boost that will benefit everybody. Attending the race itself will be a great way to bring us together :)
@Asanator I assure you, no one whipped me! Lol maybe you should check #BahrainWantsF1 and see how many ppl support the GP and see for yourself, we can’t all be whipped.. Also check out the link in my reply to Ned of the massive crowds, they certainly cannot all be whipped..
@Prisoner Monkeys Thank you so much PM for valuing my opinion and say. I’m sure Ned didn’t mean it in that manner. Even though ppl all don’t agree with me, I’m just asking to acknowledge that this view point exists here in Bahrain, these are the facts whether you like them or not :) The majority are moving on towards reforms, even the opposition have now agreed on dialogue and supporting economic progress. These reports of attacks are not all necessarily true, yesterday as the protestrs were tweeting about the army “killing” them, people drove around in Bahrain to the same regions only to find them completely quiet and normal! I’m just saying keep an open mind. :) (Sorry PM this is not addressed to you personally, I just defending why you should take my opinion into consideration, thanks again for your “like”)
@BasCb The expert on Bahrain :) Of course I consider what you have to say, and I very much enjoy my discussions with you.
As I said n the comment above, people were reporting attacks, then others took pictures of the same areas with nothing! So I simply cannot believe those stories until I see them with my own eyes. Maybe there were a few, but not to the extent of deaths or injuries. Let me tell you a story BasCB, when they cleared the roundabout I turned my television station to Al-Alam News (which became a “Frikkin joke” because of the way they reported completely fabricated stories) to see how will they report such news. It was amazing, people started calling in saying there were Apache helicopters attacking them – Bahrain’s airforce don’t even have Apache helicopters haha!
About Qatar, there is an important think you do not know about them. We’ve always had some sort of political tension between Bahrain and Qatar. The latest legal battle was over who owns the Hawar Islands, we eventually won the case, but they got access to huge gas fields. Basically, the Al-Jazeera TV station is owned by a member of the Qatari royal family who isn’t necessarily fond of our royal family.. Otherwise, Qatar has very good relations and we have moved on from such tensions and now are in good relations, but old feuds still secretly remain with some people.
The PM did not bring foreign troops, they were the Peninsula Shield from the GCC who act exactly like our NATO forces. During the Kuwait war, the Bahraini part of the Peninsula Shield fought against the invading Iraqis in 1990. Any country of the GCC in need of help may use the Peninsula shield forces, and these forces become under the command of the hosting country. So the are all not foreign, they follow exactly what the Bahraini forces tell them to do. They certainly were not an invasion. No one here sees them like that! Just to give you an example of how happy the people were with the Saudi and Emiratis for sending their troops to restore security and safety, we celebrated “Green Day” in honor of Saudi Arabia, and “White Day” in honor of the UAE. If I find pictures I will post, Everyone was decked out in Saudi/Emirati flags, badges, banners, posters, you name it. It was a nice way of thanking them and showing our appreciation to them.
About dialogue, please remember who refused to enter dialogue? It was the opposition! We were all begging them to start the dialogue and end the anarchy and chaos, but no, they continued to refuse…for a whole month! In that month I’m pretty sure the Bahraini population aged a couple of years, and many became insomniacs. The opposition first put certain conditions to enter dialogue, then HRH the Crown Prince agreed to discuss all their demands, but still they refused! This was when we all started to get impatient and fed up, and when they turned openly violent and had to be stopped otherwise we would be fighting a civil war..
About the Iranian/Hezbolla affiliations you have to read a bit of history and background information about the regime in Iran and the Shia religion to see how they are all related. (too political and messy) If they really wanted change they should have agreed to dialogue, and not resort to violence, this was our objection, not the protesting but the manner they did it in.
I hope we try and solve this with dialogue ASAP, and be able to move on from this. I know this was bad, but I’m sure it is a blessing in disguise because when we emerge we will do so as a much stronger citizens.
@Ned Flanders Aww don’t worry Ned! I know you didn’t mean it in that way :) I completely respect your views and would probably say the same thing if I was in your place. But I know that the opposition are the ones who have the human rights association, and have not been quite honest in their reports, and have omitted so many cases because they don’t suit their “story”. A biggest testimony is when the Pakistani injured men tried to contact the HR society to report the abuse they got from the protesters, the HR society did not answer them! Sunnis are also not even represented. This is why we don’t trust them, what HR society decides who deserves to be represented based on their sect or following? There society doesn’t even have a valid registration in Bahrain, yet have managed to reach out to all of the International ones.
@smifaye Lol thank you, it sure is heated! Thank you for realizing that you need for info to judge and for keeping an open mind :) When I think of F1 or course that is not important, but the GP is the most important international event Bahrain holds. We need the GP to happen not for the spectacle itself, but for the economic benefits that Bahrain is in desperate need for! Hotels, restaurants, shops, companies, etc.. have all lost substantial amounts and bringing the Gp back will help the economy back to life. This is why we are fighting to have it back. It’s more of a serious need than an entertainment one.
@Red Andy Lol poor Ned, thank you for defending me but I’m sure he meant well. Thank you really for taking the time to read it and think about it. That’s a very interesting point you make Andy, about people not being pro F1 because of the Bahrain Circuit or because they don’t like being in the ME! It is no secret that the F1 community aren’t exactly fans of the Bahrain GP which is why they think it can easily be disposed. Imagine if this were Monaco, Spa, or Silverstone, we would see more people being pro or at least more supportive. Thank you so much for your kind wishes Andy, it is quite refreshing to read such a supportive opinion – I’m afraid I got used to the bashing that a nice comment feels quite good, so thank you for that :)
@LL Jehto It is a great thorough article indeed, but the videos that were used are just from youtube. We have all seen them before here, so they are not made specifically for that article.
To answer some of your questions: Bahrain has a bit of democracy in the sense that it has a Parliament, and is a form of a constitutional monarchy like the UK, accept that the ruling family have more legislative power.
Most people are happy with the monarchy, some want to reduce their power, and only very few want to remove them from power.
In Bahrain the HR are politicized and used for sectarian purposes, see my 2nd comment to Ned. The HR have completely ignored some people and represented those that fit into their agenda. See the video about the Pakistanis in the article, they were completely ignored by the BCHR (the opposition’s HR organization)!
Thank you realizing the issue is more complex and needs time to figure out where you stand on this