Saturday, May 24, 2008

Letter to Abdullah

22nd May 2008

Dearest Abdullah,

The “cage went in search of a bird” - Kafka.

It was only a matter of time – but still, I didn’t expect you to be caged up for this long. Each word is a dagger wrenched out of a heart weighed heavy with shame, guilt and sorrow over what you are having to endure. The pen doesn’t know what the heart will say, but you have seen these words even before they appeared on this page since you are closer to my heart than the jugular vein. The pen is merely executing this letter-writing exercise as a postdated transcription of my tormented thoughts drained by internal bleeding.

I feel powerless in the face of a system that conspires to crush threats to its authority with brute force - which is the precise intended effect of your arrest. Yes you, Abdullah, threatened its power and authority. This either credits you with extreme strength or credits the throne with extreme insecurity. You and the others are the real heroes, and I recognise that because I know what you are about and what you were trying to do. Like the character 'Rahmatullah' in the story you wrote in your last letter, you will go down to save the others - you will take the bullets and the hits. I really want to read the next part of the story to see what you think will happen to the Turkman - I can't help wonder if your fates are intertwined.


In your letter you say that “they can fire bullets at us and at our dreams but they can not stop us from dreaming”. Abdullah, they no longer fire the bullets, instead they have made us turn the guns against each other. The dreams are nightmares … just to let you know that Attiyatullah made a grand performance recently and received standing ovations – only in Bahrain and Israel this year is fascism being openly celebrated… I’d join in the fun if it wasn’t so audacious or if I hadn’t been batting on the wrong side.


I should be praying for your quick release, but I find myself wondering if it is better for you to stay where you are. Since December 21st, the day of your arrest, I can’t say there has been a single substantive development in the country; the most hated American president came to visit for the first time to try the local bacheh and harees, I think he was impressed by the hospitality he received – yiqtil il mayit o yimshi fi ijnazeteh. It really did feel like the final nail in the Arab coffin.


Like K. in Franz Kafka’s book called The Trial you have been arrested for an unspecified crime and you have had to participate in a theatrical trial that I’m sure leaves you delusional with the comic state of reality. K. did not know what the charges against him were. It wouldn’t have made a difference if he had known because once arrested there are only
three possible outcomes to his struggle: definitive acquittal, ostensible acquittal, and indefinite postponement. In the book, there is zero chance of definitive acquittal, therefore K. is almost forced to plead guilty to a charge for a crime unknown to him. In your case, you have had to endure the seemingly indefinite postponement and the prospect of ostensible acquittal; living with the risk of re-arrest. I tried to get a hold of an Arabic translation of this book for you, but thought maybe it wasn’t the best time for you to read it for obvious reasons. It does leave one feeling slightly paranoid and despaired with modern day bureaucratic systems with unknown agendas. I really do feel safe now that I have a smart ID card in the hands of such trusted and transparent authority .


One last thing, if it is of any comfort, some eight other Bahraini guys managed to get lost and accidently ventured into a no-go security area in Saudi. They haven’t been seen since. We should be grateful really that you are in a Bahraini jail – torture and all. They were arrested for reading the directions on a map wrong - imagine what would happen if they had committed thought-crime!


Stay strong, passionate and committed…a hero needs no saviour, but we definitely need you!


With love.

BB

Posted by BB @ 5/24/2008 03:08:00 AM

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Posted by Blogger Pablo (yo) @ 9/02/2009 07:33:00 PM #
 

May Allah swt Bless you sweetie:) Your blog has come to my heart like a rescue. My beloved has been ceased on Thursday evening...and it feels that every second is a year since. I have yet to feel pain as I do during the last few nights. The word innocent is by far not even close to describe the angelic aura of the man I speak of...I have exhausted myself in prayer and tears. Hope is truly a double edged sword...it is the only thing that keeps me alive during these painful nights...and it is the dagger that pierces my heart when I wake to realize....I am in the nightmare...I live it...every single moment...My angel has been caged...My beautiful man.

Posted by Anonymous Anonymous @ 9/21/2010 03:42:00 AM #
 

May Allah swt Bless you sweetie:) Your blog has come to my heart like a rescue. My beloved has been ceased on Thursday evening...and it feels that every second is a year since. I have yet to feel pain as I do during the last few nights. The word innocent is by far not even close to describe the angelic aura of the man I speak of...I have exhausted myself in prayer and tears. Hope is truly a double edged sword...it is the only thing that keeps me alive during these painful nights...and it is the dagger that pierces my heart when I wake to realize....I am in the nightmare...I live it...every single moment...My angel has been caged...My beautiful man.

Posted by Anonymous Anonymous @ 9/21/2010 03:43:00 AM #
 

This letter is in response to the articles covering the civil unrest
occurring in Bahrain.

As a citizen of and believer in democracy, I applaud the efforts of the
Bahraini people. Their efforts are similar to what is happening in Yemen
and Algeria as well as the most recent revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia.

Believe it or not, one thing that trumps capitalism and political
correctness in the United States is the right to have one's voice heard.
This is the foundation of which our democracy is built on. The Bahraini
people should continue to defy Sheikh Hamad bin Issa Al Khalifa's powerful
security forces so that Bahraini democracy can begin to thrive. It is
unfortunate that the United States compromised on one of its most
fundamental values in order to protect its economic interests in the
Middle East; something that happens all too often domestically as well.
It is not the Bahraini people that are attempting to seize power but rather
it is those currently in power who have engaged in intimidation to prevent
the will of the people from being heard. Why else would they stoop to such
underhanded tactics to block various means of communication among the
citizens of Bahrain? Why is the government in power utilizing such
political strong-arm tactics as the use of violence?

Sheikh Hamad bin Issa Al Khalifa, you have had twelve years to lead Bahrain
and have failed them by your own choosing. The days of the despotic regime
are finally coming to an end as it appears the desire for freedom will
continue to sweep among the Arab nations. Accordingly, let the call go
forth among all citizens of Bahrain that your brothers and sisters of
democracy from all over the world are with you during every trial and
tribulation you may encounter during this crisis. To the people of Bahrain,
the trumpet of freedom beckons you to rise in protest and ensure your voice
to preserve your sacred heritage, promote your children's future and obtain
the blessings of liberty we all cherish. Sheikh Hamad bin Issa Al Khalifa,
let the people go!

JOE BIALEK
Cleveland, OH USA

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