The declaration of martial law across Bahrain this week has led to a violent crackdown by the Bahraini military against the protesters. The military was backed by some 2,000 troops from Saudi Arabia and other neighboring nations.
The protests in Bahrain have had a sectarian flavor to them, even if many of the grievances were the same as in other nations in the region. The nation’s majority Shi’ites have been heavily active in the protests, and opposed by the Sunni royal family.
The intervention by Saudi Arabia and other Sunni regimes, which have deployed troops to help crush the protests, has sparked anger amongst regional Shi’ites. The Iranian government announced on Wednesday that it is withdrawing its ambassador to Bahrain in protest.
But while Iran is the largest Shi’ite nation, the anger doesn’t end there, as protests in sympathy with the Bahrainis also erupted in Iraq, at the behest of cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, and smaller protests were also reported in Saudi Arabia, where the nation’s Shi’ite majority has been vocal in their opposition to the crackdown.
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C'mon Arab Nations send your own troops into Bahrain to protect innocent civilians.
If its OK for Western Nations to do this – Why not Arab Armies??
Ahem…Saudis are Arabs.
The protests in Bahrain have a "sectarian flavor"? I am confused. What is "sectarian"? When can a majority of populace be called a "sect"? Over 70% of population is a "sect"? The only people not supporting protests are the Royal Family and their priviledged elites, including Sunni-only army, police,.and government administration. The mere fact that such a kingdom exists today in 21st century that maintains the feudal system is mind-boggling. So, it is sold as just a "sectarian' violence, a "sect" in those incomprenensible lands, and Hillary warning "both" to refrain from violence. While raw military force is used on unarmed civilians! This paranoid move by the Saudi and Bahraini royals will be costly to the region. Forget Iran, they can just sit on their hands and watch the show. It is Iraq that US better be concerned about. Majority or minority, the perception grows that US wants only to dilute Shiia power in Iraq, and subjugate Shiia population in Lebanon, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and elsewhere.
They're playing the sectarian/religion angle on this one. Look at the situation in Libya. Straight out of the darkest confines of the absurd and Qaddafi, a certified psychopathic maniac, has actually got away with it. The US/Israel is much, much smarter than that. If that's the angle they've plotted to take, the people of Bahrain will be doublecrossed, slaughtered and enslaved and it will go down in "history" as sectarian strife and not what it is: a popular movement for independence and freedom, mostly, the imperial clutches of the US.
This is how capitalism operates. I just read this article: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/sa… that French president Nicholas Sarkozi been paid by Qaddafi for his last election and they have the proof.., now Libya demanding the money be paid back. Although this article have nothing to do with Bahrain yet I was wondering if Gates or Clinton are been rewarded when they visited Bahrain and what are the rebels in Libya rewrding her with to do some propaganda for them.., at the same time why Senator Kerry is so eager to impose the NO FLY ZONE on Libya, is he a shareholder of some Oil company which been promised by the rebel's to do more business with.., or is he a very good friend of Nicholas Sarkozi…? Beside the militarization of Libya and occupying it, a happy hours for US and EU militarism regimes.., who else would benefit from these remarks for now.., and beside US and EU military complex benefiting from such remarks what else is there. If US and EU are not a militarism regime or for that matter China or Iran.., then where is that democracy that they are talking about, where is that democracy toward Palestinians, where is that democracy toward Iranian people, where is that democracy toward American people. Look US been at war for last 60 years, US needs to be a militarism regime with or without Obama or Hillary Clinton or Senator Kerry or Barbara Boxer, otherwise everything been a lost for empire with or without a falsified democracy or democrats; therefore people need to occupy Washington DC demanding answers, not for some foreign country or a sect or a regime.., but for people all over the world.., because US militarism regime is all over the world and expending its operations.
The US is playing the sectarian card here like there's no tomorrow. How disgustingly sickening they are!
Anybody playing close attention to what has been happening in the ME since Hillary The Mouth Clinton came back from her shopping spree there last week?
So where Capitalism stands – or its position is.., be side the Imperialism or behind it or in front of it guiding the capitalism militarism regime to march forward by providing the military hardware needed for government of capitalism to start wars, by making war machineries of all kind ordering the system to buy them and defend the country with it. Expending the capitalism militarism regimes all over the world.., lets not fool ourselves by playing with words.., thinking we know better. Beside.., I am talking about How Capitalism operates.
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