Sunday, December 09, 2012

Bahrain dialogue

From R.  "Your Bahrain correspondent posted about the Manama Dialogue. I attended it in November 2010 with Dr... It was all pomp and circumstance, and I crossed my fingers the whole time that there was real 'dialogue' taking place behind closed doors because there definitely wasn't any substance in the panels and speeches. The two key-noters that year were Hillary Clinton and King Abdullah of Jordan... everybody got their royal egos waxed good. It was, in fact, quite sad to hear Hillary praise Bahrain's leadership, as the Dialogue came literally just a few days after the parliamentary elections that were decried by the opposition. Not to mention the uprising that would break out just three months later."