Jun 232011

Medics who treated wounded protesters in Bahrain’s pro-democracy demonstrations are being rounded up, beaten, tortured and placed on trial, simply because they did what any right-thinking doctor or nurse would do.  They tried to save the lives of people who had been shot by thugs in the pay of the Saudi-backed Khalifa monarchy.

Meanwhile, in a disgraceful display of cynicism and moral cowardice, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland has refused to intervene on behalf of the doctors, many of whom are its graduates, saying only that it doesn’t want to comment on political matters.

This is how ethically compromised the RCSI finds itself.  Characterising the arrest, torture and imprisonment of doctors as a political matter, one of the world’s top medical schools declined to become involved.


Simple.  The answer is money.

The RCSI’s involvement with Bahrain is worth €200 million through its constituent college, the Medical University of Bahrain, which confers RCSI qualifications.  Faced with the loss of such an enormous contract, the RCSI struggled with its conscience and won by a knockout in Round One.

Money or morality?

Price or principle?

The RCSI came down abjectly on the side of cash, and remains silent while many of its graduates are beaten, imprisoned  and in some cases facing the death penalty simply because they acted as any good doctor should.

What does that say about the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland?


  6 Responses to “RCSI Refuses to Comment as Doctors and Nurses Tortured and Imprisoned in Bahrain”

Comments (6)

    The hypocritical oath, whah!


    Apparently the Royal College os Surengs Ireland does not do politics.

    They do however turn a blind eye to torture and Judical murder by the hands of Saudi Arabia.

    How much money had the RCSI invested in Iraq?

    How many “white” Irish surgens made fortunes of money working for Sadam Hussein?


    Why haven’t the champions of democracy – the Brits and the Yanks – jumped into their tanks planes and helicopters to bomb the shit out of this dictatorship?
    Oh right, the Yanks have the Headquarters of the Navy’s Fifth fleet in Bahrain and over 2000 personnel stationed there. Oh and yeah, lets not forget the discovery of oil in the 1930’s when suddenly the Brits became Bahrain’s best Pals. Lets not forget the The Bahrain Society set up between the Brits and Bahrain in 1970 when Bahrain became independent. The Treaty of Friendship was signed with the United Kingdom replacing the Treaty of Protection which had defined relations between the two nations since the middle of the nineteenth century.
    Champions of democracy my arse, more like Kings of hypocrisy – Fucking shits.


    Possibly the most hypocritial shit I’ve seen from the “West”.

    As I’m sure ye’re aware, Bahrain is about 80% Muslim. 70% of those are Shia (like Iran). Unfortunately for them, it’s the minority Sunni that rule – with an iron fist too.

    The Saudis and the UAE sent troops in to crush the pro democracy demonstrations against the minority ruling princes. The same Saudis and UAE also sent troops in on BEHALF of the pro democracy crowd in Libya. No coincidence that a Sunni prince lies in wait to take over if/when Gaddafi is overthrown. They don’t half look after their own, the cunts.

    And shame on the governments and media of Europe and the USA for turning a blind eye to this shit. Probably for the reasons mentioned in the previous post of course.

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but did I see something of an RCSI media campaign in defence of the doctors in Libya?

    Just realised my toes were curling in my tackies there.


    You might also want to check if the RCSI gets money from the Saudi’s; the Saudi’s currently have a division or so stationed in Bahrain.


    The RCSI are doing nothing out of the ordinary, by their entrenched historical standards.
    At the turn of the last century, when the citizens of Ireland were battling the Brits and dying for their efforts in the streets of Dublin and in towns and places throughout Ireland, these scobes, the RCSI, covertly met with the Hierarchy and the various elites of the monied classes of their day and between them decided how the new republic should be carved up for their personal gain and profit, once the smoke had settled.
    Following that we had the RCSI acting whole heartedly in ensuring the Magdalene laundries were not called to account and so became fully complicit in the Hierarchy’s torture and imprisonment of young women all over Ireland and in the selling on of their new born babies to the thousands of married wealthy American couples through the catholic church’s network of monasteries, all controlled by their bishops.
    The RCSI benefitted similarly back then, just as they do in this episode.
    Puts a whole new light on ‘trust me, I’m a doctor’!
    There’s nothing new under the sun.

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