Bahrain bans the import of Guy Fawkes masks

Like a lot of people, I've been worried about events in Bahrain. Learning that the country has banned the import of Guy Fawkes masks, though, made me smile though. I'm a big fan of "V for Vendetta" (the book, not the movie) and I can't help but think that Alan Moore and David Lloyd read this news and smiled. For those who don't know, the book is set in a fictional UK which has become a totalitarian state and tells the story of an anarchist who seeks to bring down the government so that the people can rule themselves. Even more interesting is the fact that in the official government document, they're referred to as "revolution masks".

There's something utterly absurd about a country banning a mask. And yet there's something to be said when a country and its rulers realize that the only thing that they are capable of doing right now is to manage their image and make sure that a symbol known the world over is not seen in their country. Or maybe they know if they keep the media out and the U.S. government continues not to care, they can do what they want.

“You cannot buy the revolution. You cannot make the revolution. You can only be the revolution. It is in your spirit, or it is nowhere.”
-Ursula K. Le Guin - "The Dispossessed"

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