Calling the failed coup on Feb 14th, 2011 an “uprising”is irresponsible journalism. At the occupied GCC roundabout, Hassan Mushaima and Ali Salman, along with other leaders, called for an “Islamic Republic” like Iran. The shia opposition leaders called for the downfall of the entire regime. When Al Wefaq had 18 seats (won through fatwas) in parliament – why did they resign and desert their voters by giving up their political voices? Why did Saeed Al Shehabi give them instructions from London? Why did Al Wefaq reject family law and deny shia women rights? Ironically, there is no democracy in Al Wefaq – they live by welayat faqih.
No statistics confirm that shia are the majority as stated by the US Congressional Research Service (CRS). The American Embassy has continued to interfere in domestic affairs and even trained (as admitted by an official) shiaa Bahrainis to work against their own country. Are these trainees the majority referred to as the majority?
Since February, 2011, protests in Bahrain. have seen brutal murders of innocent civilians and unarmed policemen. Homemade bombs, smuggled fully automatic AK47s, homemade rocket launchers, petrol bombs and a range of other weapons used to attack security personnel and communities is far from peaceful.
After two days of violence in the UK, Prime Minister James Cameron gave a press interview where he stated “picture by picture, these criminals are being identified and arrested and we will not allow any phony concerns about human rights get in the way of the publication of these pictures and the arrests of these individuals”. He went on to say, “this continued violence is simply not acceptable and it will be stopped. We will not put up with this in our country. We will not allow a culture of fear to exist on our streets”. Why did the world’s respected media not refer to Cameron as a dictator and demand his resignation like they collectively did with Bahrain?
The Bahrain Prime Minister, Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, is acknowledged by the majority as being a man who continues to serve the country. He has endorsed free compulsory education, free medical care, housing and social welfare which includes children with special needs. The Prime Minister has encouraged and supported the participation of women in the political arena, and focused on a strong economy for this small island in the Arabian Gulf. Making Bahrain the financial capital of the region was not an easy task, but the PM achieved this, and in fact without his endorsement of Islamic banking, there would be no such thing in the Arab World. His concern – the welfare of future generations in Bahrain.
Opposition groups claim ongoing human rights abuse but there is no evidence. The video that so many media refer to, has been mistranslated, deliberately taken out of context, but, not surprisingly, has become the centre of attention for biased international media. What the PM said was that “no-one is above the law”. The officer acquitted of torture, works in the narcotics section and does not interrogate suspected terrorists or rioters.
In the heart of Manama, there are Sunni mosques, Shiaa matams, Christian Churches, Hindu Temples, a Synagogue, all side by side – festivals are freely celebrated between the communities. The King has given land for places of worship, irrespective of religion, and created harmony among all communities. There is no discrimination.
King Hamad, the Prime Minister and the Crown Prince are committed to the reform process. They have reached out with the National Dialogue, but opposition parties have not cooperated. The opposition have made the maximum number of changes and continue to disrupt all attempts of a peaceful process. Daily protests and attacks by armed militia of Al Wefaq under the guise of February 14, Al Akhtar or Tamarood cannot be considered a means of negotiation.
The majority support the leadership, and have demanded security back on the streets. The Al Fateh gathering and when thousands of people gathered outside the PM’s home is a testament of their loyalty to Bahrain