Author's note: I normally write my blogs on Microsoft Word to spell check them before posting. Recently my hard drive crashed and I haven't been able to reload Microsoft Office yet. In the mean time, I take no responsibility for the quality of my spelling.
Protests in the Kingdom of Bahrain have forced the postponement (or maybe cancelation) of the Bahrain Grand Prix. I say, "Good riddance," for multiple reasons. For starters, the country is ruled by an absolute monarchy, and members of the royal family make up 80% of the parliament. The Sunni minority oppresses the Shiite majority. The royals aren't so keen on giving up any of their power, as February 28, seven protestors have been killed. The United States and United Kingdom have advised against unnecessary travel to Bahrain because of this violence. It's a shame that the word "tyranny" gets thrown around to describe things like budget deficits in a stagnant economy or busting public sector unions, because Bahrain is an example of real tyranny in action.
It's quite refreshing to see the regime changes earlier protests have caused this year. Democracy has a way of existing when the odds are against it. The process of supporting it may be painful or dangerous at times, but it is not without reward. These protestors are fighting for a just cause and I wish them well.
No one is going to miss the race itself. Bahrain International Circuit is just a road course version of Kansas Speedway. I like watching a good race as much as the next guy, but good races are remarkably rare at Tilkedromes. I look forward to a new regime in Bahrain and a new season starting in Australia.
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