I'm no great fan of anyone with political ambitions, but the idea that a few people on a bulletin board are in a position to make an outright moral judgement on a country, while refusing to consider the relative position of other countries, seems ridiculous to me. Particularly as they are almost certainly uninformed on the finer details of the subject. And ignore internal logic re team ownership etc. It's all a bit two minutes of hate.
Seems a bit off to me.
I don't see the logic in taking shots in the dark about stuff you surely don't know about (how uninformed a bulletin board user might be, etc), while being hesitant to form an opinion on real events, the actions of certain peaple and stuff reported in the news.big edit to add some meat:
Also, I wouldn't refuse to consider anything, but at the same time it's not reasonable, for me, to expand the discussion to everything else that is potentially iffy on a moral standpoint with F1.. should a GP be held right next to the slums of Sao Paulo where the average life expectancy is about the same as Michael Schumacher's age? I mean, if you go down that route it'll quickly be clear F1 should cease to exist.
Everyone sets his own limits in a discussion, sometimes those aren't well defined and change during the course of the discussion too.
About the topic here, I currently think of:
-Bahrain is a monarchy, I don't like monarchies, I think it's an inherently flawed system. It shouldn't have anything to do with F1, but somehow it is now very much the case.
-the majority of the population apparently is unhappy, and of a different religious sect than the leadership of the country, doesn't sound good to me. Also shouldn't have anything to do with F1, but since F1 in Bahrain is organized by the Crown Prince of Bahrain...
-The GP very much is a personal project of the ruling family. That potentially can work, until said family runs into problems. Brings me back to aforementioned point..
-The Bahrain monarchy is also present on the FIA's WMSC, which ultimately has to decide if F1 should proceed with an event organized by Bahrain for Bahrain. Now that aspect I think is under-represented, both here and in the press.
-Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company, that's a complex issue, it owns the GP circuit and McLaren, in total it owns $10 billions worth of various assets with the purpose of enriching the country, would the portfolio be the same under another Bahraini government system? It's debatable and interesting, but I don't find it that relevant to the issue at hand. I think it would be more relevant in the McLaren thread.
All of this stuff can be debated but I don't think my thoughts misrepresent the facts, or that I need the finer details to express an opinion, for that matter. I also don't think it's just 'all a bit two minutes of hate' ...
Edited by Slowinfastout, 15 February 2012 - 00:22.