Foreign Policy Association blog, November 18, 2011
The fast-forward events of political discourse in Bahrain that were rushing towards October 31 have come to an unexpected halt. Just as the countdown reached single digits to the release of an independent commission’s report that would detail in depth who did what in the street protests earlier this year the commission said hang on.
It was the pause heard around the island and around the region. No other Arab nation that experienced any kind of street protests this year had invited independent outsiders to come in and examine what happened. All sides were anxiously awaiting the findings: those opposed to the government, to say “see we told you so;” government officials who expect the commission to candidly show where some of the protestors were heinous; and the vast majority of Bahrainis who believe in their country and who seek a fuller understanding of what caused the scar Bahrain now seeks to heal.
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