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Goals of Saudi military intervention in Bahrain

Posted by on April 2, 2011 0 Comment

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. The US fears that once the hated Aal-e Khalifa minority regime is overthrown, its 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 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 occupation troops. Unfortunately, the appeal of the Bahraini people and their leaders to UN secretary general Ban Ki Moon has fallen on deaf ears. 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 the al-Wefaq Islamic group, Sheikh Ali Salman, has denounced as unacceptable the presence of Saudi invasion forces in Bahrain. The regime has intensified its crackdown on people and arrested prominent leaders of the Bahraini people including Hassan Mosheima and Sheikh Abdul-Jalil al-Meqdad despite promises to hold talks with the opposition to review the public demands for reforms.

The Islamic Republic of Iran was one of the first regional states which reacted to the dispatch of Saudi, Emirati and Qatari forces to Bahrain. The Islamic Republic of Iran’s president Mahmoud

Ahmadinejad in a news conference in response to a question on the developments in the region and the serious suppression of Bahraini people said it should be noticed that today in nowhere of the world one can confront people with shells and tanks.

The president said experiences have shown that violent behavior in confronting people’s demands is doomed to failure and the leaders of the regional stats can survive just in case of winning the attention of their people. He said unfortunately some regional states have dispatched military forces for suppressing the Bahrainis which is quite inhumane. The Islamic Republic of Iran’s foreign ministry also summoned Bahrain’s charged affairs and Saudi ambassador to protest to the suppression of Bahraini people. The Iranian foreign ministry also summoned Switzerland’s ambassador the US care-taker and protested to the US support for the recent Saudi measure.

Turkish prime minister Rajab Tayyeb Erdogan showed a serious reaction to the dispatch of Saudi forces to Bahrain. He warned the Saudi government about the consequences of dispatching military forces to Bahrain. Erdogan said any kind of clashes among Muslims has ended to the interest of foreigners but we do not want to witness religious clashes among Muslims and the occurrence of another Karbala tragedy.

Regardless of these reactions, the Saudi officials have dispatched forces to Bahrain for removing the US concern on the one hand and that of the Saudi regime on the other hand towards the possible victory of the uprising of Bahrainis against a non-democratic system. If the uprising of the Bahrainis gains victory, the US will lose one of its most important bases in the Persian Gulf and this can be a beginning for ending the US military presence as domineering power in the Persian Gulf. For this reason, the US government has shown a different reaction towards the uprising of the Bahrainis as compared to the other popular uprisings in the Middle East states. US president Barack Obama and his cabinet members have not changed their position in supporting the monarchic dynasty of Bahrian and they still support them.

The US government is seriously hated in the Middle East public opinion and any military intervention further endangers the US situation in the region. For this reason, the US has encouraged Saudi Arabia of interfering in Bahrain. The Saudi dynasty are worried over the endangering of their situation following the uprising of the Bahraini people and that is why they accepted the US mission so that they can remove their concern and that of the dictator rulers and the US by suppressing the uprising of the Bahraini people. Agencies

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