The double standards of Yemeni revolutionaries
They were dismissive of the plight of protestors in those two countries, especially Bahrain, on grounds of lack of a probable cause. As if it is OK and even appreciated to rebel in Yemen against one-man’s rule, but it is not the same in either of those two Arab countries.
Some of Yemen’s “leading revolutionaries” who voiced this point of view had ties with the Ba’athi political line – hence their support of Bashar Al-Asad – while others did not “like” the majority Shiite in Bahrain working towards ruling their own country, or at least fair representation.
These attitudes say a lot about how much more we have to work in order to change the culture in Yemen, and perhaps in many other countries. How the real revolution which should be in the minds, has not even started.
In Yemen, protestors are divided into two extremes; those who think they have done it and everything will be OK now that Saleh is no longer president, and those who think that nothing has been accomplished yet and all the blood and demonstrations went to waste.
It is not fair to think that we have not accomplished anything, although much of the former regime is still in place, and more so, nothing much has changed in the way life goes on in this country.
However, there are several baby step changes that are gradually inching their way in the Yemeni minds. Things like challenging the status quo and not accepting matters as they are, especially when it comes to institutions and autocratic systems, hence the institutions revolutions across the country.
Yet, these revolutions are still focused on removing the head of the organization rather than changing the culture. This is why some revolutionaries still don’t get the concept of revolution as such, and have a problem with the protestors in Syria and Bahrain.
At the Yemen Times we are working to launch our own FM radio station soon, to help spread the knowledge and contribute to the revolution of the minds and not just removing of the heads of the regime. Wait for us, we are coming soon.