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    Young Protesters Clash With Police in Bahrain

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/15/wo...n.html?_r=1&hp

    Skirmishes broke out early Monday between heavily armed police and scattered groups of young people in villages outside of the capital, as this strategically important nation in the Persian Gulf braced to see if the wave of unrest which has toppled two presidents would reach its sun-scorched shores.

    Shops stayed closed and shuttered, the streets were clear of cars amid a heavy police presence, and there were calls for universities to close in anticipation of what organizers here have called Bahrain’s own “Day of Rage,” a demonstration modeled after the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia.

    “What happened in Egypt and Tunisia inspired us,” said Maryam al Khawaja, 23, with the Bahrain Center for Human Rights Monday. “For years, there has been hopelessness here. Are we ever really going to be able to change anything? With Egypt, there is a sense of empowerment, that the young people can do it.”
    Freedom is apparently a dangerously contagious virus.

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    Re: Young Protesters Clash With Police in Bahrain

    I see protesters as idiots every time they try to fight with police. It makes them look really stupid and invites a very harsh response.

    If you want to peacefully protest that's fine but once police say move on you need to shut up, hat up and leave the area.

    Sorry but I don't any respect any dumb-ass who tries to stand up to armed police.

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    Re: Young Protesters Clash With Police in Bahrain

    Quote Originally Posted by Councilman View Post
    I see protesters as idiots every time they try to fight with police. It makes them look really stupid and invites a very harsh response.

    If you want to peacefully protest that's fine but once police say move on you need to shut up, hat up and leave the area.

    Sorry but I don't any respect any dumb-ass who tries to stand up to armed police.
    It is all in one's perspective. I for one am very proud of those with the courage and conviction to stand up for freedom against armed aggressors.

    "Day and night for a week in early 1943, hundreds of unarmed German women did something that was unheard of in Nazi Germany.

    They stood toe-to-toe with machine gun-wielding Gestapo agents and demanded the release of their Jewish husbands from Adolph Hitler's murderous grip. The men were locked up in the Jewish community center in the heart of Berlin, victims of Hitler's "final roundup" of German Jews.

    The women's courage and passion prevailed: As thousands of other Berlin Jews were crammed into cattle cars and transported to Auschwitz, the Jews married to "Aryan" German women were set free."
    Rosenstrasse Protest in Nazi Germany, Early 1943
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    Re: Young Protesters Clash With Police in Bahrain

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
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    Freedom is apparently a dangerously contagious virus.
    does anybody else believe this will be a sea change for the ME? and not necessarily in our favor? of course, that's not the most important thing, but i wonder how any new leaders that might emerge will impact our foreign policy.

    Originally Posted by johnny_rebson:

    These are the same liberals who forgot how Iraq attacked us on 9/11.


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    Re: Young Protesters Clash With Police in Bahrain

    Quote Originally Posted by liblady View Post
    does anybody else believe this will be a sea change for the ME? and not necessarily in our favor? of course, that's not the most important thing, but i wonder how any new leaders that might emerge will impact our foreign policy.
    I believe that our response to this will potentially impact the longterm outcomes. If we stand up and say that people in the middle east deserve to have a voice in government and that they should control their own government, we are true to ourselves and our principles. If we continue to support dictators and tyrants against their own people, we will continue to look like the enemy that they may believe us to be.

    We have a base in Bahrain. It provides major financial incentives to the country. When the dictator is using hired mercenaries against his own people, it seems hypocritical for us to be on his side, politically speaking. How can the people of Bahrain possibly view us as allies when we are complicit in their victimization?

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    George Bush should get the credit for this, taking out Iraq is finally paying off in people seeking liberty.
    Climate, changes. It takes a particularly uneducated population to buy into the idea that it's their fault climate is changing and further political solutions can fix it.



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    Re: Young Protesters Clash With Police in Bahrain

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    I believe that our response to this will potentially impact the longterm outcomes. If we stand up and say that people in the middle east deserve to have a voice in government and that they should control their own government, we are true to ourselves and our principles. If we continue to support dictators and tyrants against their own people, we will continue to look like the enemy that they may believe us to be.

    We have a base in Bahrain. It provides major financial incentives to the country. When the dictator is using hired mercenaries against his own people, it seems hypocritical for us to be on his side, politically speaking. How can the people of Bahrain possibly view us as allies when we are complicit in their victimization?
    agreed. it's pretty funny how it again comes down to the fact the U.S. foreign is very hypocritical. i would love to see some strong statements coming from the WH, followed be actual deeds.

    i wonder how this is playing in Saudi Arabia?

    Originally Posted by johnny_rebson:

    These are the same liberals who forgot how Iraq attacked us on 9/11.


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    Re: Young Protesters Clash With Police in Bahrain

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/15/wo...n.html?_r=1&hp

    Freedom is apparently a dangerously contagious virus.
    It will be interesting to see how this plays out in Bahrain. They have little to no industry so when they say they want jobs, one has to wonder what that really means, considering they (like most ME countries) import the majority of their workers as Third Country Nationals to do the menial jobs. Bahrain is seen in the ME as little more than a playground that the wealthy can escape to and enjoy 'strippers' and alcohol outside of Allahs watchful eye (I'm not slamming Islam...Im just sayin...thats the reality of the place). So...like Egypt...when you are protesting due to the lack of jobs and low pay...well...what is the plan to suddenly **** a few million jobs to make people happy?

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    Re: Young Protesters Clash With Police in Bahrain

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    George Bush should get the credit for this, taking out Iraq is finally paying off in people seeking liberty.
    I don't see many people looking to Iraq as a shining example of what their country should be like, unless you enjoy secterian violence, corrupt government and regular beheadings...

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    Re: Young Protesters Clash With Police in Bahrain

    [QUOTE=liblady;1059286183]agreed. it's pretty funny how it again comes down to the fact the U.S. foreign is very hypocritical. i would love to see some strong statements coming from the WH, followed be actual deeds.

    i wonder how this is playing in Saudi Arabia?[/QUOTE]

    Well for starters, some of the more wealthy Arabs probably have to change their weekend plans...maybe stay at home and abuse one of the Philipino workers instead of going to Bahrain and get some elbow.

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