7th APRIL 2015 - Vol.XXXVIII No.018

From the 1978 Cinema Rex atrocity in Iran to a 2013 Riffa mosque bombing in Bahrain

IT seems Wednesday's bombing in Riffa, when thugs blew up a car next to a mosque at the time worshippers were about to leave, was designed to kill as many people as possible.

Luckily, the bomb exploded minutes before worshippers left the mosque.

This takes us back 35 years to August 19, 1978 when Cinema Rex, in the petroleum city of Abadan, Iran, was set ablaze killing 470 Iranian nationals.

This happened during the uprising against the Shah and coincidentally also took place during Ramadan.

At that time the ruling government in Iran accused Islamic militants of starting the fire, while anti-Shah protesters and clergy blamed the country's SAVAK intelligence service.

It was later disclosed that Islamic militants were in fact responsible for the cinema blaze.

In 2001, Iranian newspaper Sobhe Emrooz revealed the Cinema Rex fire was started by radical Islamists.

However, the newspaper was later shut down by the government of the Islamic Republic.

What happened on Wednesday night in Riffa is almost history repeating itself.

The question that has to be asked is how far is Iran involved in this blast?

At this stage the Press has no information and police investigations are ongoing.

But why target a mosque or the worshippers? And why during Ramadan?

The aim was clear. After other efforts have failed, Iran wants to create friction between Sunnis and Shias in Bahrain.

Mass killing will serve their purpose by creating hate and enmity in this peaceful society.

This country has now reached the point where every wrongdoer, irrespective of rank or position, should be questioned and brought to justice.

To hesitate in the implementation of law and order will cost the nation hugely.

But what the world thinks or how far human rights will be barked internationally should not be our concern.

Human rights organisations and the western concept of democratisation have already destroyed Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan and Egypt.

If we want to avoid such a horrible destiny, law and order must be the language of the day.

We should bear in mind that Bahrain's peace, tranquility and security are our main interests for the future.

Without security, all we have built could crumble and we would be left with nothing but regret. This country has enough strength and patriotic armed forces to respond to the call of duty. Is it not time for decision makers to put them into action?

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