Saturday, December 03, 2005


I recieved an email today from a person who wanted to let me know that he thinks I am biased in my opinions regarding the latest issues in Bahrain. His arguments were not new to me. Especially the classic view of reffering to the protesters as "thugs" to use his word.

Anyway what interested me more than all of this was his very first question in the email: "why you do not allow anonymous to post comments?"

I believe in freedom of speech, but I also believe in the responsibility that comes with it. I realize that sometimes safety is an issue, but in my personal opinion people should take some responsibility for what they say. That is why I choose to write under my name and not a nickname.

And frankly it gets on my nerves when during discussions on other blogs some "anon" people come in and make a comment and get away with it. Because they don't have to defend what they say, they can just post anything. Furthermore, arguments in which the authors are responsible for what they say tend to be of much higher standard. That is why I respect a person like Mahmood (who I disagree with on nearly everything) more than an anon person who would agree with me.

So until I am convinced otherwise, my blog will be anti-anon.
I admit, This is not an anon-friendly blog.


Blogger Zainab Alkhawaja said...

BTW, the sender of the email asked the question because he is not a blogger and therefore cannot post on this blog. So it was not because he wants to be anonymous.

2:20 AM  
Blogger Mahmood Al-Yousif said...

Then it is a technical misunderstanding as he could easily regiester in blogger and ignore having a blog altogether. This way he would have gotten an identity that he could use. And that identity of course can be as anonymous as an anonymous account! No one forces you to prove your identity, no one asks for your CPR or passport to prove who you are. You just select any name that you like and get on with it.

Regardless, I support your view of requiring at least "ownership" of a comment, even if its owner is anonymous, but has an identity that you can address your responses to, and I agree with you again that the level of conversation does elevate quite noticibly when all parties know who they are talking to.

So you see Zainab, that's at least two points that we both see eye to eye on, I'm sure if we dig a little deaper we will find that we have a lot more in common rather than the factors that we differ on.

And I hold you and your father in a lot of respect, yet I do not agree with some of your views, but certainly not all.

3:30 AM  
Blogger Zainab Alkhawaja said...

Hi Mahmood

Yes ur right, i dont think we disagree on everything. Actually we agree on the basics, just differ on the method.

I cant wait to be back in Bahrain so I can attend your blogger meetings. :)

take care

12:53 PM  

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