As 14th February approached, radical groups sent out threatening messages warning businesses to remain closed and to order people not to shop, go to the bank and basically to cease all business transactions until Friday 15th. Radicals called for a general strike and went as far as padlocking a primary girls school to prevent children attending classes. The vast majority went to work, went shopping, visited coffee shops, went to the cinema and any delay caused by road blocks of burning tyres was considered a minor set back as they refused to play by the rules of radical coalition groups. Gift shops, florists and choclatiers buzzed with customers buying gifts for their loved ones. The Prime Minister visited Bahrain City Centre Mall himself to reassure the general public that business was operating as normal proving that safety measures were in place for the safety of all residents and citizens.
The street violence escalated on 14th February morning, although a series of rallies ensued everyday for almost 10days prior. On Thursday rioters made villages inaccessible and blocked streets with sand piles, bricks, glass, trashcans, nails and other dangerous items. Protestors poured oil across highways, detonated gas cylinders, burned tyres and cars and threw nails and plastic bottle pierced with nails across high traffic roads. By 10am one of the protestors, a 15year old child was dead. The online social media accused the “mercernaries” of shooting him with birdshot at close range. Videos show a lifeless body of a young boy with a large punctured hole in an ambulance. During the day over twenty policemen were injured, most of them seriously and required hospitalization. One policeman died of his injuries on the same day.
What the international media and the radical groups online blogs and other social media channels failed to explain is why the child was in the middle of a violent demonstration. There was no mention of the fact that this child was in a situation that would be considered dangerous for any civilian. Judging from his attire and the fact he was with a group of rioters suggests that he was involved in some illegal activity. A death can never be condoned, and the loss of a young son to a mother and the rest of the family is a painful affair. However, one should be tempted to question the morality of adults who allow their children in highly dangerous situations. The state offers free education and he should have been in class – so the question arises – why was he not in school like the other thousands of children across the country? One does not need to be a genius to know that children are like blank pages and it is adults and the influences on their lives that moulds their character and future. So, I would ask the parents why they were not protecting their child from gangsters who had recruited their young son for violent criminal activity. I wonder why the international community does not defend children’s rights and why there is not strong condemnation for this parental abuse?
There was neither real mention of the security personnel’ injuries nor any reference to the attacks police faced with molotovs, home made bombs and a series of home made weapons. The international media, once again sensationalized domestic terrorism as a protest by peaceful activists. Official statements were released after international media had already openly accused spokespeople of not responding to queries. Cynics accused the government and false allegations on social media were excruciating to those whose only aspiration is that the truth be exposed. International media has once again failed the people of Bahrain by conveniently ignoring the interference of external radical governments .
This brings us to the question – where did all these gangs come from?
Terrorist activity is well designed, planned and efficiently executed to make a statement in the form of propaganda. They are fully aware that media will be drawn to a show of victimization and tragedy. International security officials know that terrorism is aimed at disrupting societal law and order to achieve a goal through violence, force, intimidation or threats. Extremism , criminally motivated by ideology and religion under the guise of politics has infiltrated local communities and recruited youth. It is in their interest to deny education to these youngsters making them more impressionable and obedient.
Since tremendous financial support is required to keep men in the field loyal, these terrorist leaders have exploited capitalist free societies by setting up NGOs. Terrorist organisations approach their beliefs with a mission exactly like a business, where economic needs require funding and like all businesses would be focused on the bottom line. In the past, terrorist groups would get involved in criminal activities to raise funds, but with technological advances it drew unwanted attention from intelligence organizations. Many NGOs are used as a front for activists to infiltrate youth within targeted communities where they receive funding to successfully train young men into budding terrorists whilst denying them formal education, but providing radical teachings for absolute submission. The morale of these agents in the fields is maintained through cash and other incentives for dependence, but never enough for them to break free. These radical leaders plan rallies that are an ideal platform to target emotions and create controversy. Since the world and police would focus on violent men and boys, women are mobilized for distraction and often portrayed as victims for more sympathy in the international media.
There are hundreds of NGOs in Bahrain and even more across the globe that support “victims” in this country. Many use words like human rights, youth human rights, women’s rights, friendship, activists etc to gain trust and credibility in the western world. They are not interested in what is best for the country and consider the death of their operatives as an opportunity to gain more media attention – nothing more. International Human Rights groups recently re-launched a campaign demanding the release of fourteen such “activists”, while Western Governments continue to watch and nod in silence. Let us be very clear, Al Khawaja x 2, Sharif, Mushaima, Mugdad x2, Abdul Wahab, Singese, AlNoori, AlMukhodar, AlMahroos, Jawad, Mohammed Ali and AlSumaikh have been sentenced based on proof of terrorist activity and their part in a coup d’état with support and financing by an external extremist power. Other “freedom”campaigners” like Said Yousif, Nabeel Rajab, Zeinab Al Khawaja, Maryam Al Khawja and Saeed Shehabi voice hostility towards Bahrain’s leadership whilst their financial support and agenda is questionable to say the least.
It is time for Bahrain to stand together as one community and advocate change of criminalized youth through awareness education and attention. Terrorists and extremists will fail if weaknesses within the community are identified. The community must stand together to seek out and eliminate all those who violate their motherland.