TRUMP’S DEEPENING EMBRACE OF BAHRAIN’S REPRESSIVE MONARCHY MAY LEAD TO MORE INSTABILITY | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


TRUMP’S DEEPENING EMBRACE OF BAHRAIN’S REPRESSIVE MONARCHY MAY LEAD TO MORE INSTABILITY

But while the regime portrays itself to the United States as a bulwark of regional stability, the grim ferocity of its crackdown might make escalated conflict within Bahrain inevitable — and potentially even draw in outside powers like Iran. As the window for political reform closes under the Trump administration, an increasingly violent, unstable future may await Bahrain and the Gulf region as a whole.

“One way that the Trump administration is seeking to differentiate itself from its predecessor is by lowering any public criticism of human rights violations and repression in the Gulf States,” says Cole Bockenfeld, Deputy Director for Policy at the Project on Middle East Democracy. “Obama identified arms sales as a point of U.S. leverage in the Gulf and attempted to use them to exert some controls over human rights violations, whereas Trump is clearly de-linking human rights conditions from future sales.”

The suppression of the majority-Shia opposition by Bahrain’s Sunni-led monarchy has been framed by some analysts as another theater in a regional sectarian proxy war between Iran and the Gulf Arab states. The Bahraini regime has encouraged this framing, portraying itself as the only protector of the minority Sunni population against what it describes as “terrorists” backed by Iran. Its response to the 2011 uprising deliberately inflamed sectarian tensions, targeting ancient Shia mosques for demolition in what many believe was an effort to divide the opposition along religious lines.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The late President Kennedy said it best: "When peaceful revolution is impossible, violent revolution is inevitable."

Yes, I know that Bahrain is home to the US Navy's 5th Fleet; but while peaceful demonstrations have been utterly tamped down for the moment, it is only a matter of time before they will become more violent, under this repressive regime.

Not only have peaceful demonstrators been arrested, tortured to create "confessions", convicted by kangaroo courts, and stuffed into jail cells for eons; the first responders who treated them were also arrested, tortured to "create confessions", convicted by kangaroo courts, and sentenced to huge jail terms as well.

One must conclude that the head of the Al Khalifa Monarchy is a man President Trump greatly admires for his ability to sustain "order", at all costs, no matter the brutality used with which he accomplishes this.

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