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And now Bahrain, so where is our President?

After watching Glenn Beck on Fox News today, my concerns for what is taking place is reinforced. Not long after watching the show, one I recommend every American to watch, I heard from my son who dropped a hint of serious consequence, should it come to pass, regarding Bahrain and planned demonstrations for tomorrow, March 25, 2011. If you have followed any of my posts you know I can tell you nothing about my son, what he is doing or just where he is, but what he had to say does coincide with an article I came across (column from AAP) and with all that is going on in that part of the world I have to ask, “Where is our President, and why is he not addressing this”? Leaving a few from his administration to try and calm a more and more discouraged population, one that grows weary of lack of a leader, elected to be responsible, proactive, decisive, and with American interests at heart. It appears that this president has none of the attributes I just listed. If that fails to concern you, we are in bigger trouble that even I think, and as an eternal optimist, this is taking its toll on me. It is times like this that my hand reaches out to God and humbly ask for his guidance and blessings, and forgiveness for failing to do my part effectively to restore some sanity where sanity appears to be lacking, seriously lacking.

First and foremost, Bahrain plays a critical role for the U.S. military in the region by playing host to the U.S. 5th Fleet. More and more this “President” of ours either fails to understand the damage he has done by all of his apology tours to that part of the world, along with the rest of the world, or he is a part of a very deliberate plan to disrupt the world so bad that he still has a chance to bring down the country that placed their trust in him, and then, I am almost afraid to say it, and then ensure what he has wanted all along, the “New World Order”, not caring what happens to our closest ally, Israel, or the very people who elected him into office. Is Glenn Beck the only man on earth that sees what is taking place, the only man on earth to expose his actions? God help us if we do not shift into high gear and put more and more pressure, not only on Congress at the federal level, but all levels of Government, City, County, State, and yes Federal! I don’t want one person to ask “What can I do?” You know what you can do, many have been doing it, and we just have to step it up now, step it up and keep it up. And every time any of us starts to feel it’s hopeless, I implore you, as I, turn to God, ask for his guidance and strength, then get back in the game, and to our President, I think that is all this is a game, one that could very well cost us our country, and we must not allow that to happen. We will never allow that to happen, we can’t, the challenges that god has placed on us must not be ignored, I truly believe we are being tested and I truly believe we are up to it, as Christians our faith will carry us through, it has me and it will you.

I love my son, after losing my youngest he is all we have left and the chances are we will lose him, I pray to god that it will not be in vain and I ask you not to let it be. It’s time, time to act if you have not, time to continue if you already are, and time to step it up a notch! Let’s go grab God’s hand and let him guide us in!

So, I ask again, “Where is our President now?

Protesters plan rallies in Bahrain

Neela Banerjee

March 25, 2011 - 8:19AM


Critics of the Bahrain government have called for widespread rallies on Friday in defiance of the country's recent imposition of martial law, raising the possibility of further violence in the tiny island kingdom, nine days after a bloody crackdown against protesters and opposition leaders.

Nine rallies are being planned around the capital, Manama, said Mohammed Meskati, president of the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights, which is serving as an information clearinghouse about the rallies from organisers in hiding for fear of arrest.

The protests are aimed at defying key aspects of the three-month emergency rule invoked by King Hamed ibn Isa Khalifa last week, including a cordoning off of many neighbourhoods and villages by security forces, a ban on marches and a curfew, Meskati said.

Demonstrators allegedly plan to come out onto main roads.

Some of them plan to march on the capital's Pearl roundabout, which had served as a base camp in earlier protests, the airport and the Salmaniya Medical Complex, the country's largest hospital.

The Youth Society issued a plea to the government and protesters, urging them to refrain from violence.

Announcements for the protests have asked participants to carry the Bahraini and Gulf Cooperation Council flags and flowers. But Meskati and other analysts said they worried that a heavy-handed government response could be met with violence from some protesters, who were largely peaceful, if sometimes provocative, in the weeks of demonstrations that roiled Bahrain starting in mid-February.

"I don't know if the demonstrations will be violent or not," he said.

"They might turn violent if the security forces attack them."

The nation's Shi'ite Muslim majority, which feels marginalised by the Sunni-led government, has been rallying for weeks in favour of fundamental reforms.

After weathering sporadic clashes between protesters and security forces and the shutdown of the country's financial centre, the Bahraini government began its rout of the opposition early last week.

Saudi and other troops entered the country to bolster the Sunni monarchy and a three-month emergency rule was invoked.

Security forces were sent into restive, largely Shi'ite villages and protest hubs in the capital to disperse demonstrations and round up opponents of the government.

Bahrain's seven largest opposition groups do not back the rallies, for fear of worsening an already fraught situation, said a representative of Wefaq, the main opposition party, and it remains unclear if many people will turn out.

The call for protests has come instead from the Coalition for a Bahraini Republic, a union of hard-line Shi'ite opposition parties, and other smaller groups.

The seven major parties have sought a transition to a constitutional monarchy from the royal family's absolute rule.

The more radical opposition groups seek the ouster of the al-Khalifa dynasty.

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Ten Commandments of Human Relations

The fundamental issue in human ethical behavior is summarized by Jesus in what we have come to call "The Golden Rule." Jesus put it this way:

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets (Matthew 7:12 TNIV).

It asks us to test our treatment of others by putting ourselves in their place. Treat others the way you would want them to treat you in the same or similar circumstance.

Somebody took that principle and translated it into Ten Commandments of Human Relations. You may have seen this anonymous piece, for it circulates in a variety of settings. In case you have missed it, I am reproducing it here.

Speak to people. There is nothing as nice as a cheerful word of greeting.

Smile at people. It takes 72 muscles to frown, only 14 to smile.

Call people by name. It is music to anyone’s ears to hear the sound of his or her name.

Be friendly and helpful.

Be cordial. Speak and act as if everything you do is genuinely a pleasure. If it isn’t, learn to make it so.

Be genuinely interested in people. You can like almost anyone, if you try.

Be generous with praise, cautious with criticism.

Be considerate of the feelings of others. There are usually three sides to a controversy — yours, the other fellow’s, and the correct one.

Be alert to serve. What counts most in life is what you do for others.

Live with a good sense of humor, a generous dose of patience, and a dash of humility appropriate to being human.

Made in God’s image, all of us have something to be valued!

The great challenge in human experience is not work skills, but people skills. That is, research has shown that the majority of people who fail in their vocation do so because they cannot get along with people.

You might think through the meaning of these ten common-sense ideas for your own workplace and personal activity. But what about the larger setting for your daily life? These principles work everywhere you go, for they are about showing respect to the people you meet in all those places.

Made in God’s image, all of us have something to be valued, affirmed, and acknowledged by others. But let it begin with us to acknowledge it in them. As the cycle of giving and receiving enlarges, the human community comes alive.

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