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Dear Mr. President

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Dear Mr. President,

I write to you as a citizen of the world and a long-time resident of Bahrain.

You lead the most powerful and largest democracy. America is portrayed as the land of the free, where people from all walks of life supposedly live with complete freedom – after all, an American is an American regardless of race, creed, colour and religion. Since your father was Kenyan, you would have personally experienced prejudice and racism. Luckily, you have been successful in your career and today, you stand before the world as the first African American President of the United States of America.

Considering your status, your statement “efforts to resolve sectarian tensions that continue to surface in places like Iraq, Bahrain and Syria” at the UN 68th annual Session of UN General Assembly on September 24th 2013 is breathtakingly outrageous. This accusation proved to the world that you chose to ignore or are unaware of the reality of the situation in Bahrain. Some would say this comment irrefutably proves your role in the “Greater Middle East” agenda.

Mr. President, I take this opportunity to make some clarifications as an observer who, prior to February 2011, had no penchant for politics.

First and foremost, sworn members of parliament resigned despite the efforts of the King to progress move forward with reform. These eighteen Shi’a members of parliament, who voice false propaganda against Bahrain at your doorstep, abandoned their constituency. They thereby rejected change through peaceful lobbying and instead chose to follow an instruction received from a foreign source.

During the occupation of the GCC roundabout, protestors supported by AlWefaq, Amal and Alhaq leaders called for the “Death of Alkhalifa” – would you not consider this an attempted coup and a threat to an entire family? Doctors at the occupied Salmaniya Hospital refused to treat non- Shi’a patients and tortured injured expatriate workers and police. Would this be acceptable in America?

If there is sectarianism, it is obviously by fanatical opposition groups who have been vocal in announcing that Bahrain is only for Shi’a. Is this the ideology you support?

Since February 2011, terrorist groups have carried out targeted attacks on policemen and expatriate workers using lethal weapons. The groups justify these deadly attacks on security personnel and workers who they believe are “mercenaries and spies” – Are these not a racially motivated crimes?

This country has seen unprecedented upheaval and the vast majority were shocked into silence while fanatics sold deception to the world. In February 2011, hundreds of thousands of peaceful people went to AlFateh mosque to show allegiance to Bahrain and the leadership – the world media, and you Mr. President, chose to ignore this astonishing show of loyalty. Was your embassy not aware of this gathering?

Isa Qassim, Ali Salman and other members of AlWefaq with proven links to Hezbollah and Iran, deploy armed coalition groups to create anarchy and mayhem. Every night without fail, these groups attack police with petrol bombs and weapons, block main roads with burning tyres, attack civilians and threaten residents into submission. Rallies and protests confine entire communities and dissolve into anarchy. Is this not an abuse of civil rights?

Over the years I have visited mosques, matams, synagogue, temples and churches – enjoyed Ramadan, celebrated Eid, Diwali, Christmas and Easter and experienced Muharram – this is Bahrain. Coalition groups have threatened non-shiaa Shi’a worshippers to stop them freely practicing their religion freely. This being totally against the constitution and basic human rights.

The government is genuinely engaged in the national dialogue that five opposition groups have now abandoned. AlWefaq denies youth education by continuing to push them into street violence. AlWefaq denies Shi’a women rights by rejecting family law – who will protect these women in cases of divorce, adultery and abuse?

There is evidence that the US ambassador, Mr. Krajeski has been meddling in the internal affairs of this country and has stood with political parties that are fanatical, prone to violence and abuse human rights. Is this not against the Vienna Convention? According to General Hugh Shelton, you planned to destabilise, presumably with the support of the ambassador. However, due to the solidarity of the GCC and the foresight of Bahrain’s leadership, your plan has failed. This, Sir, illustrates your misunderstanding of the Arab world.

Mr. President, with or without your acquiescence, progress in Bahrain is inevitable. The vast majority work towards a better future giving their whole hearted support to the AlKhalifa regime. The will of the Bahraini people cannot be broken by slanderous statements by your government or the media you control.

The leadership continues to protect the rights of every single man, woman and child regardless of creed, colour or religion – they will not abandon Bahrain.

Yours sincerely

@SallyfromSaar

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