Friday, October 07, 2005

The Wefaq Vote

As everybody probably knows by now, the results of the votes are out and its a yes. This issue is very controversial and is being debated by many people. Mahmood and I have also been discussing this in the comments on his blog. Here it goes:

I dont think this is the right move, to register under a law that is against basic human rights. If Wefaq had stood against it then maybe something could have been done. But accpeting it and registering under it will just make them the new MP's who cant do anythign to help themselves let alone help the people in Bahrain.
I wish I am wrong and that they are able to do something for the people.
Otherwise they will be the new disappointment, in the line of many many disappointments.
Zainab Alkhawaja

There is some measure of truth in what you say. The constitution and the parliamentary bylaws are not the best the world has seen, and they certainly are lacking as far as the normal Bahraini is concerned, however it has been amply proven over the last 3 years that (1) parliament does have a voice, (2) working on the sidelines produces nothing but noise, and (3) the only method available that can correct the bylaws and constitution is through peaceful pressure from within the system.
The alternative is civil war, which is no one's interest.
Given the above, the vote to register - which I hope is the precursor for the boycotters to enter the parliamentary elections come 2006 - is the correct path to tread.
Now that they have democratically chosen to register, they should not sit on their laurels, but continue to pressure the government in changing if not the constitutions, at least the demarcation of the constituencies, limit the role of the Shura council or its membership numbers, and work out a cohesive battle-plan to guarantee that they get as many seats as possible (observers say they can win anything between 14 to 18 seats in the 40 seat Chamber of Representatives, which is a sizable majority that can truly affect the way laws and regulations are forged and passed.
Taking your way just allows the country to descend into chaos much more than we have seen in the 70s to the 90s.
I choose the path of participate and resist from within the establishment.

Allow me to disagree with you yet again. Until now we have seen that everyone who says they will work form within the system fail to do so. It is very simple why they fail, the rules they are agreeing to abide by ensure their failure. For these laws give the government the right to dispose of them the minute they find that they are not serving its interest.
Secondly most changes in the world happen by the people who protest without being involved in the government. For if the viewer doesn't like the movie and cannot change the events.... he sure as hell can change the channel..... for he has the remote!
Zainab Alkhawaja

You're really sold into this "revolution" bit aren't you?
Did you not stop and think of the chaos that would ensue should your version of "change" come to be? Do you not value stability or gradual change at least?
I, like the majority of Bahraini citizens are actually happy enough with this channel but we do agree that the programming needs to be modernised and its operators held accountable by the people.

how long are you going to accept Mahmood?? How long are you willing to live under a government who has no rights to rule. Nobody chose this government, they killed and stole to get the power they have.
Sometimes making changes takes sacrifice, if you do not want to make that sacrifice then your children and their children will live in the world you are living in. DO you want them to accept it as well. The government wont give anything unless it is forced to do so.
As an Arab I will never forget about the occupied territory of Palestine and I will never accept the zionist rule, and in the same way as a Bahraini I will never forget how the ALkhalifas took power and what they did to my country.
I will not be one of those people who put my hand in the hand of criminals, who detained and tortured and killed my people. And I am sorry but I do not value stability more than freedom.
Zainab Alkhawaja

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Blogger Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

I just read all your blog. I hear your pain and anger. The time has long past when the Palestinian/Israeli should be resolved. As a non-Arab I am well aware if much of which Arabs can be proud. Be persistent with Americans, their knowledge of things outside the US is ledgendary. Take it from a Canadian, they even know very little about us.

8:40 AM  
Blogger Zainab Alkhawaja said...


I gotta tell you that from my first day in the US I could tell the difference between a Canadian and an American. I was stuck in JFK airport with two bags and no change for a cart. Everyone walked by without even looking my way. I asked a couple of people if they had change they said no and walked on.

Until I was saved by this Canadian guy, who didn't only get me the cart but he carried my bags and put them on and got me to my gate as well. :)

Today I was talking to an American student who is convinced he will be president someday, he said the first thing he will do is make Canada an American state. Because thats what the Canadians want. :p So yes, they don't know much bout you guys.

1:54 PM  
Blogger Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

I am pleased a Canadian showed you a kindness. We like to think we are a gentle people who celebrate each other's differences. We were not born in Revolution and we settled our country more orderly and peacefully than our American cousins. Being a bilingual and multicultural country we have come to celebrate our differences. We do not carry the weight of the world on our shoulders as the US does and we do not live in fear and anger. Perhaps, you could visit Canada while in North America.

8:07 PM  
Blogger Zainab Alkhawaja said...

I sure do hope so :D

9:24 PM  

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