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“Bahrain will stay a secure and peaceful land”
His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa confirmed “that the Kingdom of Bahrain will maintain, God-willing, its secure and blessed status in the sprit of one family” in celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the National Guard. His Majesty’s reassurance reminds citizens of the importance of peaceful co-existence and mutual respect as the foundation and responsibility for each Bahraini citizen and resident to maintain security, peace and cohesion, enabling us to continue living as one family as we always have.
In the modern globalized world cultures and societies are more interconnected than ever before, but unfortunately this has not alleviated conflicts and sustainable development, particularly if we scan the Middle Eastern region. A decent and peaceful life is a valuable treasure, and without peace life is not worth living. While the government plays an essential role to safeguard peace, peace is not something that can be “given” to societies, rather all citizens and residents are responsible to maintain security, peace and safety within their own personal life and sphere of influence. Every citizen must defend Bahrain and our mutual security, to support the government’s efforts.
Unfortunately recent events in the Kingdom of Bahrain have indicated heightened violence and extremism in the behavior of a minority of people seeking to undermine peace and social cohesion. Beginning by verbally attacking others and spreading this ideology of hate, such individuals and groups ultimately murder our fellow citizens, which is particularly outrageous when they target police and security officials who put their life on the line every day to defend the life of every Bahraini. This violence is an aberration and something alien to the classical features of the Bahraini community, which has always been particularly known for its social cohesion and mutual cooperation among people of various religions, denominations, cultures and races.
It is very challenging in the modern world, with its rapid movement of information and people, to stem the flow of evil ideologies that encourage violence and extremism. However, by continually stressing and reiterating our “Bahraini shared values” it is possible to defend our country against this violent trend that threatens you and all of your loved ones. We do not need international interventions, we need our inherited peaceful behaviors that have always granted us social and economic success in our lives and development previously. This inheritance exists in each Bahraini citizen from our parents, ancestors and community, but this precious treasure can be lost forever if all of us do not ensure that we protect our shared characteristics in an outwardly globalized world, continuing the secret of our safety and security.
The peace of the community is a fundamental need and right. Just as any illness in the body must be diagnosed by specialist doctors, the illness in community values and behaviors should be outlined carefully as an advanced step to protect the value of security, which entails military security to maintain peace in the community.
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