There is an unprocessed thought in my head that keeps coming back to my mind. Today I decided to process it and deal with it. Why is Bahrain neglected? Why are the people (activists) who follow and updated on the Arab revolution(s) slowly dropping Bahrain from their advocacy and maybe attention? I’m not wondering why the revolution in Bahrain is neglected by the public. I’m precisely questioning us right here. Since the Libyan rebels took over Tripoli people have started trending a slogan in protests, news, and social media: “Yemen and Syria next”. This same slogan came back to trend again when Qaddafi was killed. This time the slogan was “Assad and Saleh next” and the like but I don’t recall seeing one that included Bahrain, or Al-Khalifa, next. Now after 10 months of ongoing Arab revolution(s), with 3 dictators down, the Arab revolution is evolving and the same countries that followed Tunis and Egypt are still revolting, including Bahrain (which never stopped). Like Syria and Yemen the people are still being oppressed by their regimes while they are revolting. I cannot help but notice that the attention is not on Bahrain. The peaceful protesters leading the Bahrain revolution were crushed by the Jazeera Shield or/and the Saudi forces but the protesters and the struggle never stopped. It might have taken different shapes and attempts but it never died.
This unprocessed thought that I’m confronting right now comes with an alarming thought: is Bahrain’s revolution being neglected on purpose? But why? Is it the counter-revolution with its dark forces of the Mainstream media? Or is it the specter of sectarianism? I keep telling myself that we, the Arab active, revolting youth, should not be falling into outdated sectarian thoughts of the kind that are engineered to create division in this Arab world. In taking a quick look at the public opinion from people who get informed by the misleading voices of the mainstream media here in Lebanon I always get two different opinions, each based on sectarian affiliations. In short, the Sunnis (generalizing here) completely bought into the narrative of Saudi, and Hariri owned media and to them the Bahrain revolution is a complete Iranian plot: the usual Persian conspiracy to invade the Arab “Sunni” world (most of the Sunnis think there is no one else but Sunnis in the Arab world). However, the case of Bahrain is very simple to understand if there is some historical insight and if looked at from a nonsectarian perspective. Its obvious to see that there is a majority of people in this land that have been oppressed for the last 200 years by this one family who happen to be Sunnis and complete Saudi puppets. Still, in Lebanon one doesn’t expect to find a rational perspective in a sectarian driven public mentality. On the other side (generalizing here) the Shia’a in Lebanon support the revolting people in Bahrain but again they don’t show the same love to the Syrian revolution. There is a fear among many in the Shia’a sect that if the Assad regime falls in Syria the sea of Sunnis around them will be attacking them; they fear the same image as the one of Saudi troops invading Bahrain, crushing the revolting protesters. But to go back to my unprocessed thought: is this specter of sectarianism is hunting the minds of us, the revolting Arab youth? Is it stalking us without us even knowing?
These thoughts could be my worries and paranoia of the counter-revolution hijacking the Arab revolution, and the spirit of theBouazizi however this counter-revolution is always something for us to consider.