Folks, I've got (huge) exams coming up a week monday. There is a big chance i'll fail them, so i need to hole my self up until then, without any distractions. I need to be thinking solely of Dynamic Stochastic General Equilibrium, AutoRegressive Conditional Heteroskeacticity, and Perfect Bayesian Nash Equilibrium for the next ten days. I doubt many of you are interested in reading posts about that stuff. Hence, I'm going to disappear for a while, and hopefully resurface again. Until then, (I hope) I won't be posting anything. Thanks for all your comments and encouragement, and I hope you still do check in every once in a while.
Before I leave, let me say two things. Congratulations to Muharraq on winning the Bahraini league without a single loss. What made it even better is that we beat West Riffa in the last game, so bel embarak to all the players and officials in the club who've put in the hard work. "Yak eltheeb gharbawi yak eltheeb."
One more thing. Has anyone been reading the stuff Mohammed Jaber Al Ansari has recently said? That what we have in bahrain is Naf3iya Khashi3a and Radikaliya Rafitha, and that both are bad and we don't want them both? Well, he got one part right definitely, the first one. I am not going to believe that we have "Radikaliya Rafitha" until I see deaths, explosions, and massive riots occuring. Signing a piece of paper and boycotting a gimp parliament is "Radikaliya Rafitha"? So what is FARC in colombia then, or how about the radicals in Saudi Arabia? Maybe3 is the extremists in Algeria? What do they qualify as? dialectic diahreea (to keep in the tradition of his sophisticated wording)? maybe dilapetated gangria?I mean I know everything is supossed to be relative, but the way he put those two polars is supposed to resemble extremes. We definitely have an extreme of the first concept in bahrain, I am yet to see anyone produce evidence of the opposition being "radical rejectionism."
People got boners over the fact that he is supposedly a big and famous "thinker", and that he uses sophisticated words. Since when did "yes men" and radicalism become such new revelations and concepts?
The opposition has supported what it saw as good moves by the government, and criticized others. I hardly call that saying no to everything, or "Radical Rejectionism." I can see how people can interpret their moves differently, and might say they are a bit on the extreme side, but radical rejectionism??? who say no to everything? What do you think was one of the main impetuses for these reforms? Who was calling for them from the seventies up until the nineties? Or was it all just a noble "gift" by a government that faced no domestic or international pressures at all?
On the Naf3iya Khashi3a side, however, he's definitely right. What it boils down to is, in layman's terms, the "yes men", who agree with whatever the government does, never criticize it, and will suppot it, even if it to their own interest's detriment (the naturalization issue for example). We have a lot of that in Bahrain. There are people who even if the government told them to put on a pink g-string, do the moonwalk, while at the same time shoot themselves up with heroine would do it no question asked, and in fact find a way to rationalize it and convince people of it. Unfortunately, in Bahrain nowadays people seem to be easily convinced by such deformed arguments.
In fact, Al Ansari might do well to set an example by following his advice first, as he is definitely a yes man. Twenty years of trying to postulate theories that support whatever the government does qualifies you as "naf3iya khashi3a"! So how about looking at ourselves first before advising others? Sure you can postulate grand theories with sophisticated reasoning that would even embarass Kant in their incoherence, but anyone could find a theory to justify anything, however bad it is. All we have here is a yes man who can formulate his oppurtunism in big words and grand theories, which when you boil them down, are either bland, dull, and with nothing new, or are utter rubbish.
Anyway, take care folks, and until next time, ma3a elsalama!