Being born and raised in Bahrain is a privilege to an Expat like me. After the advent of Feb 14 2011, things have changed in Bahrain. For better or worse, I do not know. I do know one thing though, the methods and ideologies promoted by the opposition is not just and directly perpendicular to the national interest.
In the beginning, I along with several of my Expat comrades were honestly undeterred by these events. As time flew, it began to affect us socially and personally. I even lost my job.
But, no one has put forward their hand for a handshake as the Bahraini Government has. After repeated attempts by the Bahraini government for open-talks, the opposition refuses to acknowledge them and ridicules the government for their pacifist behaviour. Speaking about Bahrain’s opposition, it’s simply a general part of the population with rightful demands being hijacked by a not-so-peaceful opposition party known as the Al-Wefaq.
This so called fake-revolution is fought on two parallel locations – One on the streets of Bahrain where burned, wounded policemen and tear-gassed, stunned rioters are counted as signs of victory. The other being on social platforms like Twitter and Facebook where sympathisers, retweets and dramatization of events are counted as signs of victory.
The PR mantle of the opposition is led by interesting characters who has a flair for the dramatics, make-up and stage – notably Mr Nabeel Rajab, Ms Zainab Alkhawaja and Ms Maryam Alkhawaja along with several international wanna-be ‘Human Rights’ companies whose services are available for the highest bidder. Their famous yet predictable methods are such – call for a ‘peaceful’ rally, gather in a public place and ask their hooligans who are hidden behind women and children to attack the policemen. Thus, forcing the police to retaliate with tear-gas and what follows is drama of the highest Oscar performance.
Bahrain has got used to the rioters’ tantrums of traffic jams, burning tyres on the road, shooting metal projectiles, molotov cocktails flying over the cars and the resultant tear-gassing by the Police. It’s a part of our daily life in Bahrain now.
The Bahrain government has shown high levels of restraint against the rioters and is pushing forward to right wrongs and build up Bahrain confidently. The police are being trained by international experts on riot-control and has shown amazing perseverance for their job-profiles and danger included. Yet, the Al-Wefaq party diminishes the Bahrain government’s initiative to turn a new leaf by inciting violence, sectarianism and hatred among Bahrainis.
It is quite evident that the opposition has absolutely zero desire in Bahrain’s betterment. A classic example is the revival of the F1 race in Bahrain which the opposition have been tirelessly campaigning to cancel. Before the fake revolution, most of us were not aware of Sunni or Shia in Bahrain, there were only Bahrainis. Al-Wefaq fails in their duty if Bahrain stands united and prosperous. Some say, they would then have to answer to the country across the sea for their failed performance.
People ask me why I do what I do. I am no citizen. My tenure in this country lasts only long as my work visa. I do not get any benefits that the people of Bahrain take as granted. The King does not even know that I exist. I always reply ‘BAHRAIN is home’.
(The report was sent by @Failed_Rockstar via email)