Comments on: Saudis wouldn’t gain much from a union with Bahrain Mon, 26 Sep 2016 03:26:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: AlexInTheUK Mon, 14 May 2012 00:34:30 +0000 This Action of Unifying Bahrain and Saudi Arabia makes Sense in the Dictatorial Sense. The People of these societies are not democratically represented. Their views do not count.

It is a very cynical act, because the truth of what the people of Bahrain want is far from this suggestion by the Unelected Absolute Dictator of Saudi Arabia.

The majority of people in Bahrain would prefer to be Unified with their Persian Brothers and Sisters in Iran, than with Arabs. Ask any Bahraini you know, go on facebook.

By: CfBahrain Thu, 03 May 2012 08:24:51 +0000 A closer relationship between our countries is very much in harmony with the political direction of travel over the last three decades in the context of the Gulf Cooperation Council. Closer union is good for Bahrain’s struggling economy, it is in harmony with our close cultural traditions, and is appropriate to the tough political challenges facing our region. It is also vital for jointly countering external threats.

We in the Gulf should be able to speak with one powerful voice about the risks of war between Israel and Iran; instability in Yemen; regime atrocities in Syria and the other huge changes shaking the region to its core.

On the other hand, geography has dictated very different political traditions across these countries. In contrast to the relatively insular Saudi Kingdom, our tiny islands have been a constant stopping point for different cultures and traditions, giving rise to the open, tolerant and liberal society Bahrain enjoys today. This cannot and will not change.

When allied with our brothers and sisters across the Gulf, Bahrain can flourish through strengthening opportunities for trade and making the Gulf a more attractive environment for investment and doing business.

The causeway to Saudi Arabia is a tangible symbol of how we have already made important and beneficial strides towards greater unity. Bahrain can have the best of both worlds; allowing our tiny islands to have greater political and economic clout on the world stage through closer ties with our larger neighbours; while maintaining all that is good about our social and political traditions. Let’s not let irrational fears and suspicions prevent us from doing what is best for Bahrain.