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Bahrain: Well, whaddya know?


Rodger Shanahan


22 March 2011 15:44

Last week I wrote about the Bahraini Government's decision to allow Saudi and UAE security forces into the country to quell the anti-regime demonstrations. I said the Shi'a protesters may have no choice but to look to Tehran:

...if the ruling regime gets assistance from other Sunni states, and there are only perfunctory calls for reform from the West, then offers of financial or other support from Tehran may begin to look the only option. Then again, the conspiracy theorist in me can construct an argument that this is one of the (Bahraini Government's) aims. If such links with Tehran emerge as a consequence of the intervention, then the intervention was justified to stop Iranian interference — perfect.

So what should happen last night' Bahrain's King Hamad went on state television to tell the people that the security forces had foiled an (unspecified) plot by an (unspecified) foreign power to destabilise the country. In other words, were it not for the efforts of our own Pakistani/Yemeni/Syrian-staffed security forces and the Saudi and Emirati security forces we have invited in, we would all be attending Farsi classes as we speak!

No great insights here, it's just Shi'a 101 — any calls for democratisation by the rafidun (a derogatory term for Shi'a used by Sunnis — it means 'dissenters') can only be the result of Iranian agitation because Arab Shi'a have nothing to complain about, right'