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With the invasion of Bahrain by troops from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar in a bid to suppress the mass popular uprising, following the failure of the Aal-e Khalifa minority regime to end the peaceful protests, events have become complicated in that Persian Gulf island state. The Saudis, who are intensely hated throughout the Arabian Peninsula for their ruthless rule, soon started killing dozens of Bahrainis with the tacit approval of their godfather, the US.
Bahrain is home to the US 5th fleet and three thousand American soldiers are based in this country. The US fears that once the hated Aal-e Khalifa minority regime is overthrown, its vested interests in Bahrain will also perish, and for this reason Washington has secretly ordered the Saudi, Emirati and Qatari troops to invade Bahrain under pretext of the joint security Peninsula Shield plan of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council. Bahraini leaders have denounced the invasion and occupation of their homeland by the Saudi-led occupation troops and have called on the UN and other international bodies to pressure Riyadh to withdraw its forces. Unfortunately, the appeal of the Bahraini people and their leaders to UN secretary general Ban Ki Moon has fallen on deaf ears and other than half-hearted verbal statements from the world body, nothing has happened. For its part, the US has blatantly expressed support for the Saudi military meddling in Bahrain, calling it the sovereign right of the US-supported Bahraini authorities to invite foreign forces to brutally suppress the unarmed peaceful protestors. Saudi Arabia fears that if the Bahraini people succeed in regaining their denied rights, people on the mainland, especially in the large Eastern Province on the oil-rich Persian Gulf will rise against the repressive rule of the Aal-e Saud, who themselves are a minority unrepresentative clique.
Spokesman for Bahrain’s assembly of ulema, Aqil al-Musawi has made it clear in a message to the Arab League and Arab states that support for the Aal-e Khalifa regime will not dampen the spirits of the Bahraini Muslim people. Head of Bahrain’s largest opposition party, the al-Wefaq Islamic group, Sheikh Ali Salman, has denounced as unacceptable the presence of Saudi invasion forces in Bahrain. The Bahraini regime has intensified its crackdown on people and arrested prominent leaders of the Bahraini people including Hassan Mushaima, who recently arrived from self-exile in London, and Sheikh Abdul-Jalil al-Meqdad, despite earlier promises to hold talks with the opposition to review the demands of the long-suppressed majority for reforms. The Bahraini people have made it clear that their protests will continue, irrespective of the magnitude of the oppression of the US-supported minority regime. It is worth noting that Turkey’s Prime Minister, Rajab Tayyeb Erdoghan, had slammed the Saudi invasion of Bahrain, and warned against repetition of the Karbala tragedy – a reference to the martyrdom of the Prophet’s grandson, Imam Husain (AS) in 61 AH in Iraq by the brutal forces of the oppressive Omayyad regime over a thousand and three centuries ago.
Islamic Iran was one of the first countries to strongly oppose the invasion of Bahrain by the Saudi, Emirati and Qatari forces. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a news conference in response to a question on the developments in the region and the brutal suppression of the Bahraini people, said people cannot be confronted with tanks and bullets anymore. He said that violent behaviour against the just demands of the Muslim masses are doomed to fail, and the only way of survival of the rulers of regional states is to win the confidence of the people under their rule. He said unfortunately some regional states have dispatched military forces for suppressing the Bahrainis which is quite inhuman. Dr. Ahmadinejad also reminded the oppressors and invaders of the fate of Saddam. The Islamic Republic of Iran’s foreign ministry summoned Bahrain’s Charge D’ Affaires and the Saudi ambassador to sound protest to the suppression of the Bahraini people. The ministry also summoned Switzerland’s ambassador, who is care-taker of US interests in Iran in the absence of diplomatic ties between Tehran and Washington, to protest the US support for the Saudi invasion of Bahrain.
It is clear the US, as usual, is following a diabolical policy regarding developments in West Asia and North Africa. It claims to opposed Mu’ammar Qadhafi’s suppression of the Libyan people, but supports the suppression of the Bahraini people by the Aal-e Khalifa and Aal-e Saud regimes. The uprising in Bahrain was a golden chance for the US to side with the aspirations of the overwhelming majority of the people of that island state, if Washington really believes in democracy and human rights, but once again the White House has practically shown that hypocrisy governs its policies, and all it wants is preservation of the interests of the illegal Zionist entity, by suppressing the Arab and other Muslim peoples. It is for no reason that the US is intensely hated in the Muslim countries, if not the whole world. Washington only cares about the dirt-cheap oil that Saudi Arabia and other Arab states provide it, and for this reason does not want the people to regain their rights, since this would mean the end of US hegemony and economic exploitation of the region. Nonetheless, the people in Bahrain and other parts of the Arabian Peninsula have date with destiny and will eventually triumph, whether the US likes it or not. The day may not be far when not only the Aal-e Khalifa regime but also the Aal-e Saud minority regime will soon end up in the dustbin of history like Saddams’ Ba’th minority regime.



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