Anti-government protesters demonstrate in Manama, Bahrain, February 27, 2011. (Photo: Eric Bouvet / The New York Times)
The people's revolution is on its track, calling for the removal of the regime and performing various activities on the road to victory. In the past week, several remarkable activities were undertaken with resounding success. First came the picketing of the financial harbor owned by the regime's Prime Minister Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa. It was conducted at night when hundreds of protesters moved from their base at Pearl Square and took position near the main financial center. Then came the massive demonstration and picketing of the main torture headquarters at Bahrain's Fort, where a human wave flooded to highlight the role that place had been playing in torturing Bahrainis over the years. It stands as a reminder of the most brutal periods of the Al Khalifa reign of terror. The revolutionaries then organized another qualitative demonstration outside the main TV station, which is the mouthpiece of the repressive Al Khalifa regime. In addition to these, there have been massive demonstrations nearer to Pearl Square where hundreds of thousands took part chanting anti-regime slogans and calling for a regime change. Sunday, one of the demonstrations was held outside the government offices in Qudhaibiya where participants called for the downfall of the regime.
Meanwhile, the mothers of the martyrs have appealed to political parties not to engage in dialogue with the regime. The mother of Ali Abdul Hadi Mushaime, the first of the martyrs of the revolution, has vowed to spend her life to oppose the Al Khalifas until their downfall. Sunday, the mother of the martyr Mahmood Abu Taki confirmed that the family had received calls from the Al Khalifa who had killed their son, offering to buy off their silence with money, but they refused and insisted that we only accept the demands of the 14th February revolutionaries. Also, Nidhal, the son of Karzakkan martyr Isa Abdul Hassan, confirmed a similar move by the killers. He told them he has nothing to add to what the people want, the downfall of the regime, and that the blood of the martyrs cannot be bought with money or promises. Similar statements have been attributed to the son of martyr Ali Khudhair, who said that there is only one demand, the downfall of the regime. In light of these developments, it is now expected that the coming activities will be more serious and the regime could use violence to suppress the people, in which case, that will be the needed fuel for the final push to oust this hereditary dictatorship.
While the revolutionary activities continue unabated, the Americans have entered the political arena forcefully. In the past week, Jeffrey Feltman, the assistant secretary of state for the Near East, has been lobbying the political societies to lure them to engage in what he calls "dialogue" in line with what the Al Khalifa crown prince had suggested. When these societies presented some conditions, he said that dialogue must be without conditions. There has been negative reaction to the American proposals, which clearly aim at safeguarding the ruling family in the face of the collective popular decision calling for its downfall. The US is better advised not to stand again on the wrong side of history by supporting this dictatorial regime. The Al Khalifa system of government is unsustainable as has been proven by the events of the recent history. Bahrain has not been stable, and the apparent stability was only achieved with the use of violence against Bahrainis, torture, intimidation and dictatorship. If they are granted more time, the Al Khalifas will resort to the same style of dictatorship, repression and human rights violations. The US needs to fundamentally revise their strategy that has only led to regime changes at their expense.