Ayat al-Gormezi is a student poet in the country of Bahrain and she recited a poem in Pearl Square, site of protests. In most countries of the world, that, at best, might lead to boos of disproval, but in Bahrain which is ruled by Sunnis even though most people are Shiites, no one is allowed to express disapproval of the government. Apparently, government censors did not like lines in her poem which said: “we are the people who will kill humiliation and assassinate misery. We are the people who will destroy injustice.” Addressing King Hamad bin Isa al-Halifa, she said of the people of her nation: “Don’t you hear their cries?Don’t you hear their screams?” Well, it did not take too many days to hear her own screams of pain. Ms. Gormezi was arrested and subjected to beatings. “I was able to see a woman of about 40 in civilian clothes who was beating me on the head with a baton.
The beatings and humiliation continued. She was forced to clean the lavatory with her bare hands. Hour after hour they beat the young student, even spitting into her open mouth. She was warned of being raped. Ms. Gormezi believes among those who participated in the beating was a member of the Bahrain royal family.
This entire episode does not sound too royal to me. Oh, a few people died in police custody, but I understand they had heart problems or something like that. It is very reassuring knowing that Bahrain, our ally in the fight against terrorism beats up on people. After all, if you are against terrorists who beat up people, isn’t it normal to beat up on your own people? I guess it gives them a taste of what awaits if they are taken over by terrorists.
Just remember, terrorists begin with a poem, then write an article, then write a book, and voila-then comes the bomb!