Bahrain’s Embrace of Extremism
By Husain Abdulla & Matar Ibrahim Matar
The Bahraini government’s stance goes beyond rejecting moderation. By choosing to take a hard-line and oppressive stance against even peaceful dissent, the government empowers all those who would use violence. This may be precisely what the government is counting on. By removing all avenues for peaceful dissent, the government is pushing the opposition towards violence, which the government can in turn use to vilify all dissidents. Make no mistake; Bahrain’s ruling family will gladly accept a few Molotov cocktails to keep its stranglehold on politics.
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