A bit of a bother… On Al Jazeera there was a presentation about Bahrain. On Mosaic, one of the news agencies ( it is a mix of several from different Gulf Area countries) also talked about Bahrain and “handing away their sovereignty” or some such. (I didn’t catch which agency it was, maybe later tonight on the re-run.)
The basic “story” is that Saudi Arabia is going to be “protecting” Bahrain from any kind of regime change. The “back story” is that most of Bahrain is Shia, while the ruling class is Sunni. Historically they were ‘installed’ after some invasions from the central Arabian area. Supposedly Iran is stirring things up, too.
So to what extent is this an external excitement to riot via Iran stirring the pot? And to what extent is it just a legitimate ‘assuring peace and stability’ that is important for all governments to do? To what extent is it the Saudi / Sunni grasping to power? I doubt we can really know.
There was video of folks burning a US Flag and shouting “Death To America”.
Why? We have a large base in Bahrain and we are selling military equipment and arms to the government. So we are “taking sides” (in that we are dealing with the government…)
In 2011 the Saudi sent troops into Bahrain to “quell violence”:
Now they are promising more ‘protection’:
Tuesday, 15 May 2012 – 24 Jumada Al-Akhir 1433 H
Kingdom to protect UAE, Bahrain sovereignty: Naif
Crown Prince Naif Bin Abdul Aziz, Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, addresses a meeting of interior ministers from the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in Riyadh, Wednesday. — AFPRIYADH — Saudi Arabia Wednesday reiterated that it would not tolerate threats to the sovereignty of any of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states. “Any harm that comes across any of our countries is harm that touches us all,” Crown Prince Naif Bin Abdul Aziz, Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, told a meeting of GCC interior ministers here.
Prince Naif also condemned Iran’s “unacceptable practice” in the occupation of the three United Arab Emirates’ islands and the recent bomb blast in Bahrain which injured seven security personnel. “We stress that Saudi Arabia and the rest of the GCC countries are standing in a unified line with Bahrain and the UAE to protect sovereignty and stability, considering their security a part of the Council’s security as a whole,” Prince Naif said.
Addressing the ministers, Prince Naif said “you all have exerted great efforts to update and develop the project on Gulf security agreement. It is an ambitious and vital project for the good of all our countries. The agreement would result in protecting the gains of stability and collective security of all member countries.”
I don’t have an answer on this. Just questions. Something about it doesn’t smell right to my “voice of the people” sensibilities. Yet having another country stir up trouble for their own gain (especially one that funded and promoted the destruction of “Christian Lebanon” and helped turn it into a Hell Hole of conflict.) This is a thousand year old conflict (family feud?) between two different branches of Islam and two old empires from back before Islam. Somehow the USA is stuck in the middle of it. Sigh.
That the Iranians are trying to camp on some UAE Islands nicely positioned near the Strait of Hormuz does not help my concerns about manipulation for political gain…
Then we have the EU / UN / Federation game being played to move yet more power and control away from “the will of the people” and into the hands of a ‘supranational’ consolidation of non-elected folks. Does it matter? Is it just a normal “getting along with the neighbors”? Or finding a way to let the Saudis take control of more turf as they play well with the Western / EU powers that be?
Gulf union will not affect member countries’ sovereignty, Saudi minister says
Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said that transforming the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) into a union would not affect the sovereignty of any member country
By Habib Toumi, Bureau Chief
Published: 14:23 March 5, 2012
Manama: Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said that transforming the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) into a union would not affect the sovereignty of any member country.
The union will not be used as a medium to interfere in their domestic affairs, either, Prince Saud Al Faisal told the meeting of GCC foreign ministers in Riyadh on Sunday evening.
“The proposal to move into a union is based on the conviction that the performance of the council would be enhanced after 32 years of coordination and on Article Four of the Charter,” he said, quoted by London-based Saudi daily Al Sharq Al Awsat on Monday.
The GCC, established in May 1981 in Abu Dhabi, is comprised of Bahrain, Kuwaiti, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz at the GCC summit in Riyadh in December called on the six-member GCC to move from the phase of cooperation to the phase of union within a single entity.
The call was enthusiastically supported by Gulf citizens seeking greater integration, despite concerns among others about constitutional and social divergences between the member states.
Paranoia on my part?
Worry about a “New World Order” of the unelected ruling from remote untouchable perches for valid reasons?
Simple “regional cooperation” and efficiency?
Or disenfranchising the “unwashed” in the eyes of the aristocracy?
I don’t know why, but something about this just strikes me as a bit ‘stinky’. And I’m suspicious that the USA is stuck in the middle of it (with our own design, or via being led down a path by Globalists…)
For whatever reason I have that “This is not going to work out well for most of us.” feeling. I also have this feeling that most of the folks in those countries are stuck between a pride of lions on one side and a herd of tigers on the other…