Bahrain the pearl of the Middle East

13 May
Bahrain a country in the Middle East that’s ruled by a Sunni monarchy, an ethnical minority in Bahrain. The country is divided into 2 ethnical groups, the Sunnis and the Shiites. Spring 2011 was the, once in a life time moment, for the blogger/internet activists community in Bahrain. They started to spread their criticism about the Sunni monarchy, which caused a wave of dissatisfaction within the monarchy. The blogger/internet activists were accused of dividing the Sunnis and Shiites Muslim communities into 2 separate sectarian groups within the country. A scapegoat was found and legal grounds to make violent arrests at night. Hundreds of activist have been detained and others have been fired from their jobs. The unrest within the country has made the Sunni ruling minority shiver, they were afraid of losing their position to the Shiite majority.This fear brought them ultimately to install the emergency law and to ask Saudi troops to help reinforce their power and to stifle the protest movement.
The struggle between Sunnis and Shiites is already hundreds of years old and the unrest in the Middle East isn’t either of today. Bahrain, Kuwait and some other small countries in the Gulf region are used as key positions in the greater play of world politics. What happens in Bahrain isn’t an isolated event when we look at all the riots in the Middle East and North Africa since early 2011. The key position that Bahrain is taking in at the moment is an outflow of its political foreplay with the Saudi’s. While the 2 monarchies were cuddling up, Bahrain signed away their autonomy.The Saudi’s who like to think that they rule the Gulf region made a deal with the Obama administration. In essence this pact made it possible for the Americans to withdraw from their promise to bring democracy, freedom and change in Bahrain. The American administration gave permission to the Saudi’s to perform brutal repression against the pro-democratic riots in Bahrain. The Americans agreed upon no humanitarian operations and no responsibility to protect the people of Bahrain. This was agreed upon in order to get a positive vote within the VN to bomb Libya. So the key position Bahrain moved itself in was a so called decoy-duck position, while the Americans protected a dictatorship in order to have their treat of bombing Libya.

The fear driven actions of the Saudi monarchy are most likely to head into the direction of radicalization and division between Sunnis and Shiites throughout the Arabic world. As it goes with fear, it makes a country to follow through with irrational actions without clearly overseeing the total consequential outflows. The brutal way the Saudi’s precipitated the Bahrain revolution and at the same time installing security officers in the country, shows that the countries ego feared to be taken down. The Saudi’s real fear is to become incorporated into a constitutional monarchy whenever Bahrain was going to be incorporated. So at all costs Bahrain had to be cleared off democratic influences. A constitutional monarchy would for sure eliminate their influence in the Persian Gulf, an influence that depends on the still increasing oil prices and the power of the absolute monarchy of the “House of Saud”. The consequential outflow in this scenario was presented to the people of Bahrein and their peaceful demonstrations, people were killed and molested in order to keep an imaginary fear under control.

The fear of the Saudi’s to lose influence did likewise play out on the other end of the board game. The tensions between the Iranian Shiites and the Saudi’s Shiites are being kept alive by the Saudi’s monarchy. The violent performance of the Saudi’s in Bahrain may cause therefore the union of all Shiites in the Middle East. This would mean the end of the Sunnis minority in the middle East and a chance for Iran to play the role of savior. Iran the only country that could save Bahrain from the Saudi’s and the Americans. Which is a real threat for the US, when we look at their current relations with Iran. The US isn’t really interested in whether the monarchies are willing to reform, their main goal is having allies in the Gulf region. A self interested view of how to survive and enlarge oneself as an staggering empire without considering the actual players in the game.

Bahrain seems to be in the middle of a power game, within a key position, between the Saudi’s and the US who both want to maintain their position and influence within the region. Only to keep their countries satisfied and on the same financial level like they used to. Based on beliefs, opinions and ideas, about how it should have been throughout decades of traditions. It’s a game to the main players and reality to the rest. Being the “pearl of the Middle East” at the moment and the point where the power games come together and reveal themself, has made Bahrein into the position of a martyr. Internet activist ignited the smoking wick and tried to ride on the wave of dissatisfaction that existed already within the Middle East and North African region. Hoping to release themselves from the Sunni monarchy they found themselves entangled in a hornet’s nest. A nest of Middle East Kings and Emirs that will not yet give up their power which will eventually lead the region into more tribal and sectarian wars to come to avoid the establishment of a political evolution and modern society. Democracy the one word the Saudi’s hate and the one word the internet activist strife for.

Democracy that has failed already half of the planet will not be the solution for Bahrain to direct itself again and free itself from its position of being the “pearl of the Middle East”. Democracy as it is today will not consider all as equal and will not give back the directive principle to their citizens. With democracy the Bahrain people can only hope for a better future, with an Equal Money System they can step into modern society and enjoy life as equals, as there is no room for fear and power games within the EMS.

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