by Tony Cartalucci
April 10, 2012
from LandDestroyer Website
A constant reminder of this is the destabilized Sunni royal family in Bahrain, in the epicenter of Saudi and Qatari power.
The Bahrain protests, like those of Egypt, Libya, Syria, Myanmar, North Korea, Thailand, and beyond, were trained, equipped, and supported by the US State Department.
Leading opposition organizations, such as the US-based "Witness Bahrain" and Bahrain Center for Human Rights, are partnered directly with US State Department-funded fronts like the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) while a high-profile self-proclaimed leader of the protests, Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, was regional coordinator of "Frontline Defenders," a,
...funded "human rights" advocacy group.
Al-Khawaja is now carrying out a "hunger strike" while in prison.
Al-Khawaja has received the full support of of his Frontline Defender sponsors, including Freedom House who has even farcically changed their Twitter icon into a "Save Al-Khawaja" banner and has been relentlessly tweeting as of late in regards to the "pro-democracy" struggle in Bahrain.
As noted, Freedom House is anything but a "human rights" advocacy organization, and is instead leveraging the cause of human rights for overtly self-serving corporate-financier global hegemonic objectives.
As covered in "NED & Freedom House are run by Warmongering Imperialists," Freedom House, in tandem with its umbrella organization, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED - which funds directly the Bahrain Human Rights Society) are run by some of the most overt warmongers and corporate-financier interests imaginable and have demonstratively abused their positions within so-called "human rights" and "democracy promotion" organizations to outright topple targeted nations.
Joining Freedom House in a recent torrent of attention given to the often neglected protests in Bahrain, is the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) which is for all intents and purposes the Project for a New American Century's (PNAC) latest reincarnation.
...all of whom operate in and out of Fortune 500-funded think-tanks like the Brookings Institution, Harvard's Belfer Center, and the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) - constitute FPI's membership and churn out primarily pro-war endorsements, just as PNAC did before it.
Their most recent work involved promoting the NATO-led evisceration of Libya and its handing over to Al Qaeda's Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG). They now seek a repeat performance in Syria.
FPI in February of 2012 held an event titled, "The Unfinished February 14 Uprising: What's Next for Bahrain?" in partnership with the National Endowment for Democracy-funded propaganda front Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED).
Speakers included Neo-Con Elliott Abrams of the CFR and Joost Hiltermann of the Soros-funded International Crisis Group (ICG) which played a pivotal role in the destabilization of Tunisia, Egypt, and Syria.
The sense one gets from listening to the 90 minute FPI-POMED event is of stretching out the conflagration in Bahrain for as long as possible while ultimately threatening neighboring Saudi Arabia.
And while Bahrain has, like Libya, Syria, and Egypt responded to street violence with security forces wielding deadly force, Bahrain is not spoken of in the same "dire" and "urgent" terms as Libya, Syria, or Egypt were.
Panel members at the event note that the fate of Bahrain is tied directly to
that of the Saudis, and that the survival of the Bahraini Al Khalifa royal
family is "existentially" linked to the House of Saud. Certainly then, US
subversion turned up sufficiently as to overthrow the Al Khalifa family
would in turn "existentially" threaten the Sauds who are themselves sitting
upon a powder keg of instability resultant from decades of despotic rule.
In many instances, the US has cooperated operationally with Saudi security forces in maintaining internal order. To simply pull the legs out from under the Saudis, especially after allowing Bahrain to fall entirely, would be a simple matter.
What then are the Saudis paying in return to keep this card from being played? Where does the "soft spot" of humanitarian concerns in Bahrain come from amongst Neo-Con warmongers within both Freedom House and FPI? Quite clearly in the case of Iraq, Iran, Libya, and Syria, it is a crass, clumsy pretext for naked military aggression.
In Bahrain's case, it is much more nuanced.
Both Saudi Arabia and Qatar have provided immense resources to the West's "Arab Spring" blitzkrieg starting in Tunisia, across Libya and Egypt, and now embroiling Syria.
Qatar provided troops, aircraft, arms, and cash for Libyan terrorists as they swept the government from power and has throughout the "Arab Spring" provided 24/7 propaganda via Qatari government run Al Jazeera, which masquerades as a news agency.
Tellingly, "requests" for
Saudi arms and support for US-led NATO
operations against Libya came in tandem with news of a planned "day of rage"
aimed at Saudi's ruling family. The date came and went with little
consequence, after Saudi Arabia and Qatar pledged full support against
And as the next step comes for Syria, backing NATO-member Turkey in establishing Washington prescribed "safe havens" and "humanitarian corridors" in a Libya-style escalation, the West has begun to predictably turn the screws on Bahrain.
It is quite clear then that Saudi and Qatari support for the US-engineered "Arab Spring" is born not out of altruism or fellowship, but out of fear for their own survival, with unrest already being triggered and encouraged by the West in at least Saudi Arabia, and with Bahrain resigned to a slow burn, briefly fanned by the West at junctures such as these, where a great amount of support is required against Syria to overcome recent setbacks.
It is difficult to sympathize with either Qatar or Saudi Arabia, who have committed as much in the betrayal of their neighbors on behalf of Wall Street and London as they have against their own people.
One wonders if amidst their spectacular betrayal of their Arab brothers, whether or not they realize they are next when Syria and Iran falls. There are no seats at the tables on Wall Street or in London for the despotic regimes of Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
self-preservation lies in both reforming themselves and balking foreign
meddling in their backyard - not facilitating it.