Reporting from – Tongue-in-Cheek – ‘Front Line’ Bahrain
For those interested in Bahrain’s domestic political situation, I am happy to report that the coast is clear, tensions have subsided and, it seems, that people have grown weary of the near-endless political bickering, the cat-and-mouse game of fireball tyres terrorising residents, 12 cm high ‘barricades,’ police responses, arrests, imprisonments, demonstrations and tidal waves of denunciations. People have mostly agreed to get back to business; that is, the business of national dialogue and reconciliation.
Instead of the false battlefield images and contrary to the fear-mongering of a few over-zealous sociopaths, I bear witness to a Bahrain fully on the road to national recovery with the events of the past year and a half chalked-up as an important history lesson; a lesson that each and every responsible citizen is keen to learn from so that past mistakes are not repeated. This is not to say that the country has now entered a period of prolonged, unimpeded harmony, that acrimony has vanished and that outsiders have abandoned ship. No, Bahrain continues to be marred by a complex set of problems. However, those problems are better resolved through political channels and this is the path favoured by the sweeping majority of Bahrain’s people. Certainly, there will be those that attempt to shatter the prevailing calm with outrageous claims, counterclaims and actions. But the feeling on the streets of Manama is that they are waging a losing battle and must also assume their responsibilities to dialogue and debate and not return the country to a state of fear.
With the double celebrations of peace, Ramadan and the Olympics, in full swing, now is precisely the time for national healing in Bahrain and the next time ‘war’ is declared, let us all hope that no one turns up!