It is no great surprise to hear that there has been a bomb attack in Bahrain, which injured seven policemen, three of them seriously, with a home-made device.
The history of the world has been dotted with rulers who used repression to try to stop protest and ended up making the situation worse by radicalising the opposition and escalating the problem. A more enlightened government would have understood that the only way to deal with demands for liberalisation is to embrace them. There is a suspicion that the Crown Prince would go down that route if he was allowed to. If the current regime continues to follows its recent form attitudes will now harden and things will spiral out of control.
In the circumstances it would be utterly irresponsible for Formula 1 to go anywhere near the place in the immediate future. There is also the likelihood of more trouble if hunger striker Abdulhadi al-Khawaja dies. Protesters have specifically demonstrated against the Grand Prix and while some of those responsible might still want the race to happen, it is hard to imagine that teams and sponsors will go. It would be appalling publicity for the sport. The longer it takes to cancel the event the worse publicity will be for F1. It is time to stop this nonsense.