Bahrain's Forsaken Spring
“This is about whether this council, during a time of sweeping change
in the Middle East, will stand with peaceful protesters crying out for
freedom, or with a regime of thugs with guns that tramples human dignity
and human rights.”
– Susan Rice, US Ambassador to the UN
After martial law was lifted in June of last year, tensions in the
Kingdom of Bahrain did not fully dissipate or subside. Police continued
to clash with disaffected youth — in Shia neighborhoods — who complain
of political and economic marginalization, at the hands of the
US/Saudi-backed Al Khalifa regime.
At least 25 have died
since last June, and the government and the opposition expect a stormy
February — as the initial uprising’s anniversary is actually February
14th. Bahrain as a real democracy, or with an empowered Shiite
community, represents a mortal threat to the Saudis and the greater GCC
(Gulf Cooperation Council).
The felling of an important domino in the
region, which could perhaps give greater resolve and invigoration to
Saudi Arabia’s own native Shiite community, and potentially extend an
opening to Iran.
The wider goal of boxing in Iran, while it (the US) prepares for
bellicose, and aggressive military action against them, is put in peril
by the democratic impulses, and aspirations of the majority Shia people
of Bahrain. The United States clearly stands firmly and resolutely
against human rights, and human dignity in the invidious, loathsome, and
wholly detestable Sunni-led Sheikdom of Bahrain.
As the Pentagon has
noted, “[Bahrain] has been, and continues to be, an important force for
political stability in the Middle East.” It seems that those regimes
allied with the US/GCC/Sunni Kingdoms, is rather the standard that the
US goes by — as opposed to any concern for human dignity, universal
values, democracy, or human rights.
The fork-tongued rants and diatribes of Susan Rice at the United
Nations, are really yammerings and vituperations, that fundamentally do
not yield, add up to, demonstrate or evince very much!
It’s just once
again evidence of the empire, and it subordinates — via shrill screams —
attempting to cow other governments, and sovereign nation-states that
are not 100% supine/on board them. Browbeating them (essentially) into
complete and total fealty, and “harmonizing” with a fierce,
disagreeable, nasty and imperious regime.
Sean Fenley is an independent progressive, who would like to see some
sanity brought to the creation and implementation of current and future,
US military, economic, foreign and domestic policies. He has been
published by a number of websites, and publications throughout the