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“We yelled, ‘We are peaceful! Peaceful!’ The women and children were attacked just like the rest of us,” he said. “They moved in as soon as the media left us. They knew what they’re doing.”
(Mahmoud Mansouri, a protester, in reference to his experience with the police)
“They were beating me so hard I could no longer see. There was so much blood running from my head,” he said. “I was yelling, ‘I’m a doctor! I’m a doctor!’ But they didn’t stop.”
(Sadek Akikri, a doctor, in reference to his experience with the police when giving medical attention to sick protesters at a medical tent)
Non-violent pro-democracy demonstrations have been held in Bahrain. They’ve demanded for fair elections and equal rights for all. The army locked down Bahrain. Police, via orders from the Bahraini government, responded to the demonstrations with violence — and lots of it. There’s been reports of severe injuries, torture, murder.
Those on the receiving end of the attacks have not had the medical attention that they require, as the Bahraini government made orders prohibiting it. There have been reports of ambulance paramedics and doctors being attacked by Bahraini police for treating protesters — some have even been killed. Activists who have been brought to trial were additionally denied contact with their lawyers.
Military aid from the U.S. in the amount of roughly $20 million was given to Bahrain in 2010. The program it was through is specifically for helping foreign governments to purchase American-made weapons, services and training; and thus, some of the military equipment that’s been used in this situation likely came from the U.S.
The Bahraini government is a monarchy. The al-Khalifa family have ruled Bahrain for almost 230 years. While the protesters want an end to this, the U.S. has interest in it being kept in place so that the benefits, such as military power and oil supply lines, from the relationship are kept in place as well. This relationship is placed above the lives of the Bahraini people who are calling for equal rights and political change — even when they are being attacked, tortured and murdered for doing so. Thus, U.S. support is not placed with the demonstrators; it’s placed with the Bahraini government, who responded with deadly force to peaceful protesting.
The U.S. doesn’t want to ‘cross the line’ where the established relationship is damaged. While the decision to do so could happen, it would only be as an effort to protect other interests/relationships/benefits that may be lost as consequence for not doing so. Decisions in this system are based on self-interest, not common-interest in the way of that which is Best For All Life.
In this current system, the strive for money, power and control takes priority. There is more concern over ‘making a killing’ than the real killing going on. The atrocities in this world are just disregarded, and belief and desire take the lead within humanity — where mere ego has been placed above LIFE. This is completely unacceptable.
It is time to put an end to the atrocities in this world — an end to abuse in all forms, an end to separation, corruption and destruction, an end to delusional belief and value systems, an end to the reign of ego. It is time for a new system; a system that actually makes this possible, a system that focuses on what really matters.
The Equal Money System has a solid foundation, a solid core principle that leaves no potential–and no tolerance–for abuse. Life is placed as priority. No need to demand equal rights in an Equality System.
It is the self-honest, commonsensical solution for this planet.