I am really saddened by what is happening to Manal AlShareef as a result of her wanting to drive a car, which should not be an issue at all. What is saddening is she is alone in all of this, in 1991 when a few women went out, there was no social media and camera phones, it was all talk about so and so, and the story was (which I heard, no references here), with the gulf war and American troops in Saudi, American military women were seen driving on the roads, so Saudi women wanted to drive also as if the ban had been lifted, and if you ask most people (including me) I would not be able to name one of the women who drove on that day off the top of my head.
Now Manal, has been tuned into a hero and a villan, and everyone will use her name somehow to drive some point across.
The process of her being stopped by the police and then the Commission (Hai’a) showing up to handle the situation, and then detaining her only shows the unpreparedness of the current system (of traffic police) to handle a situation like this, and ask anyone who has been in an accident or was issued a traffic violation and they will tell you the negatives and the hassles of the current system.
I wish for Manal’s release, but I know now, as I said, she will be used as an example, by both sides to drive their points across… while they drive, she wont.