So, a good portion of us is deaf and blind. There is also a theory that our government is just another blind leading the blind. I refuse to accept that. I will continue to believe that our government is just.. distracted. Between deciding what type of cars to give to parliament members and how to advertise Bahrain's impeccable investment environment (watch CNN please), who has time to follow the news or maintain law and order?
Yet for sure an attack on a Shi'ite mosque by some Sunni newly-naturalized gang isn't less important that the price of tomatoes. So, as my own very humble contribution to the opening of eyes here, I'm proposing an early detection system for sectarianism in Bahrain. It's actually very simple: when an attack happens, that's when you arrest people (I'm a genius).
Accordingly, the ransacking "Saasa'a Bin Sohan" Mosque in Askar 2 days ago, as reported by the mosque's keeper, was a good occasion for the police to interfere, maybe invetigate, or possibly arrest the people. The custodian of the mosque, Haj Ahmed AlBurainain, who is a Sunni by the way (but from the good old days when it didn't matter), reported that the attackers refused to listen to his pleas to stop and proceeded to vandalize the mosque, calling it a "place of non-believers." He says it was a newly-naturalized Syrian gang. Fine, that's another reason why Bahrain should look into its genius demographic engineering program, but their origin really does not make a difference to this incident or to the price of rice in China. Violence in itself is unacceptable and needs to be treated as such..
Now I know it's an isolated incident and again probably the police just had better things to do (e.g. learn Arabic), but in these days one incident is dangerous enough! Al-Watan newspaper aside, one attack on a place of worshop should be enough to prompt the law enforcement to take measures. I mean, we still have Bandar-gate shadows over our heads. Of course, there are those who would be delighted to see sectarian tensions escalate and may even use that an excuse to take away the 1 molecule of democracy we have now, but I would like to believe there are other reasonable elements in the government and top leadership too. Surely they wouldn't want people to take justice into their own hands?
Note: picture of Haj AlBuainain is courtesy of BahrainOnline