Well, it looks like our esteemed MPs have reached their goal. Arabic Newspapers all across the globe, from Al Hayat in London to Al Khaleej from UAE. Here's a news digest if any are interested.
You know, not too long ago I was wavering between the oppositions viewpoint of not entering and of those who decided to enter. I was thinking, "well, maybe the parliament is not so bad. It's not perfect, but at least let's give them a chance. They've even talked about the pension funds issue." This firmly has ingrained my position: What we have is unacceptable, and the MPs themselves realize it. Sure, I've heard the arguments about us needing gradual change, and that you can't thrust full democracy all at one go on Bahrain. Let us settle with the democracy we have now, and then things well gradually change to the better. NO. There is a certain minimum standard to have before you can say you have even a partial democracy. We definitely have not reached that minimum standard with out current parliament.
No one guilty in the pension funds and social security scandal? Who the hell authorized all those fraudulent sales and transactions then? On the naturalization issue, they found six, SIX!, illegal naturalization cases. Give me a break. Do you think people are morons or what? What about all those illegally naturallized members of the police forces that number in the thousands? Unlike the pension funds issue, tHis is not money that you can magically disappear without anyone noticing, these are living and breathing that everyone can see! Morevover, most of them have guns! I don't have a gun!
Who are we kidding? NO CHANGE whatsoever will occur to the current legislative system through our two legislative councils. If there is change that is to happen, it has to be approved by the king. Sure, the parliament may be the one who drafts it and puts it forward, but if the government does not like it, it won't become law and its changes won't be enacted. That's why I do see the oppositions viewpoint perfectly. It's the king that ultimately can make the changes, so lets bypass parliament and petition him directly. That is the quickest, and easiest way to reach a solution to this problem. It requires the action of one good man, instead of 80 inept legislatures.
Right now, I'm thinking give me that piece of paper. I might be ready to sign.