Bahrain Reborn after Tragic Events
The events that took place in the Louloua Roundabout in Manama,
which resulted in human casualties were described as tragic by the
Bahraini Crown Prince. Nations learn from past crisis and tragic
events and build for a brighter future. What happened in the Louloua
Roundabout demonstrated that there is light at the end of the tunnel
and renewed hope for a better political system that respects human
The recent events exposed our weak points, concerns and shortcomings.
It showed the limits to any political game and proved that no party
can isolate the other. It is our destiny to live together and build
a new, free and democratic Bahrain, which respects the will of its
people and values the cultural, ethnic, sectarian and religious
diversity of the country.
We are not on the verge of sectarian conflict between the Sunnis
and Shia, or political and security tension between the regime and
the people. On the contrary, we are closer to dialogue, understanding
and the establishment of a new political order, which rises above
the suffering and past mistakes. Hopefully, the new order will result
in constitutional amendments and speedy reforms, which were previously
hindered by corruption, negligence and bureaucracy.
Despite increasing political tension, we hope that Bahrain will
soon recover from the setbacks in the human rights and political
arenas and that a new era emerges paving the way to address past
hindrances that faced Parliament, political parties and human rights
There is nothing wrong in strarting from scratch, but the problem
lies in destroying what has already been built.
It is also not wrong to raise the bar of expectations and demands,
but the problem lies in the failure to understand that others have
similar rights that should be respected as well. It is important
that the margin of freedom of expression is expanded, even if it
leads to harsh criticism, especially during these exceptional circumstances.
We should stop verbal insults against each other and against our
political and religious symbols.
Everyone has the right to defend their individual rights, but
at the same time everyone has obligations towards their fellow citizens,
who have similar rights based on the principle of citizenship equality
Bahrain is a country for both Sunnis and Shia. It is a crime
to translate the political disagreement into sectarian division
between citizens who are destined to live together. Bahrainis should
build and reinforce their national identity, especially during these
times of hardship.
Politicians are strongly advised not to burn Bahrain with the
fires of sectarianism and authoritarianism. The only solution to
the problem is dialogue and compromise, for Bahrain’s sake. Only
then will the harsh lessons from the events in the Louloua Roundabout
be beneficial and meaningful to us all.