SHAFAQNA – “So long as there is imperialism in the world, a permanent peace is impossible.” Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah
Bahrain is bleeding … To the tune of western-made, western-sold weapons an entire people has been denied the right to be, the right to choose its future, and the right to stand free under its sky!
A nation under occupation, Bahrain has defiantly and one must say systematically called for reforms, only to be answered in lead and in violence. From behind the golden doors of its palaces King Hamad has declared war on Bahrainis so that his patron: Wahhabist Saudi Arabia, would tower absolute over the region.
Bahrain’s revolution is a struggle for liberation; not as you were told an attempted sectarian takeover orchestrated by Machiavellic Iran. Whatever sectarian undertone may exist it is that promoted by al-Saud and al-Khalifa so that genocide, demographic remapping and other methods of oppression could be rationalise as necessary.
What a beautiful world we live in that our freedoms have become but mere political commodities to be traded off on imperialists’ stock exchange.
Bahrain, very much like Yemen, has been brushed under the rug, the bleeding shame no nations has had the courage to face, for looking would be an acknowledgment of guilt.
Today, Bahrain is bleeding and it is likely this one revolution has escaped you – its violence drowned by an all too malleable media complex for which patronage rings more alluring than truths.
For 6 long years Bahrainis have pleaded with the world, calling in vain onto western nations and world institutions to intervene in ushering democratic change in the kingdom island.
For 6 long years Bahrainis have stood peaceful in their rallies and demonstrations for they believed non-violent resistance would best serve their nation’s best interests.
For 6 long years Bahrainis have withstood obscene brutality, and perverse sectarianism and the world has watched in aberrant apathy, all the while hugging the moral high-ground.
But where do we draw the line? How far will al-Khalifa have to go for nations to testify to the horrors the malignant sociopathy that is Wahhabism? For all of Manama’s talks of reconciliation and its arguments of self-preservation against Shia Islam, recognise the ideology that breathed life into the monstrosities you have learnt to call under its acronyms: al-Qaeda, the Taliban, Daesh, al-Nusra …
Bahrain’s Shia population poses no threat to Bahrain’s national security. How can a government look upon its religious demographic and label 80 percent of its people dangerous undesirables?
Can anyone ever make such a case and not be labelled genocidal?
If Bahrain sits under threat it is by the hands of its king and those powers in Riyadh that seek to disappear religious pluralism and incept absolutism.
Deny Bahrain its revolution and you will risk eroding your own natural rights to resist oppression.
Let me ask you this: how did the United States of America came to be? How did most modern democracies assert their rights to exist if not in resistance against despotism? Any challenge to such a fundamental right equate to nullification … where would that leave us if not at the mercy of would-be dictators?
Manama’s new taste for blood and the length it has gone through to contain and pressure protest movements demonstrate that it no longer sees a need to concede to the opposition. And though King Hamad has been careful not to rattle the “western cage” and stand losing convenient political cover in the name of geopolitical and military access, we ought to realise that western powers’ traction in the Persian Gulf has lost its lustre to the pull of Saudi Arabia.
No longer a passive power, Riyadh knows only too well how to flex its chequebook.
Here I would say that western capitals need to play catch up. Wahhabist Saudi Arabia has run circles around its allies and few have paid attention. Talk about the fleck in our neighbour’s eye and missing the forest lodge in your own …
But back to Bahrain!
For all the cruelty, the vile abominations and grand spectacles of hateful retribution, Bahrain’s revolution remains anchored in the belief that all men are born free and ought therefore to stand as such.
Bahrain’s revolutionary movement al-Khalifa would do well to realise sits far beyond the political – in that space where allegiances are given and faith forged. Bahrain was always free … it is justice Bahrainis are now demanding for themselves, it is equality and accountability Bahrainis want to see sit as the cornerstones of their national institutions.
Here is where Bahrain’s resistance against oppression could soon break the proverbial camel’s back – I’m referring here to Saudi Arabia.
Where Bahrainis have anchored themselves deep within resistance, Saudi Arabia has lashed out in psychotic anger, failing to recognise it is precipitating its own demise by forcing an entire people to rise for a lack of room to withdraw behind.
Bahrain has already died a thousand deaths and mourn too many of its children. What is there to fear? What is there to fear but fear itself …
What happens though when fear no longer holds a people ransom? What happens when a people find themselves united behind the one banner no tyrants has ever been able to bring down?
Bahrain’s resistance movement against al-Khalifa monarchy does not exist in sectarianism but democratic yearning. Bahrain’s revolutionaries speak not of religious hegemony but democracy and pluralism.
Are we seriously considering supporting despotism and theofascism to appease corporations’ need for lucrative markets?
In truth, it matters little what nations will do or more likely will not do.
Like I said, Bahrain is already free, now it’s really about shaking that despotic tree down and breaking Nejd’s empire-building. [the House of Saud hails from Nejd – a desert of the Hejaz]
Allow me to clear one important point: Saudi Arabia is terrified of the grand resistance movement that has risen against its forces. From Lebanon to Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Bahrain nations have rallied against Riyadh’s diktat across all manner of differences.
2017 might the year empires come to die!
By Catherine Shakdam – Director of Programs for the Shafaqna Institute of Middle Eastern Studies
This article appeared in the Huffington Post