Bahrain’s King seeks Iran’s intervention to resolve the ongoing crisis in the country

JNN 11 May 2011 Manama : Bahrain’s King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa has called for Iran’s cooperation to resolve the ongoing political crisis within the Persian Gulf sheikhdom.At a meeting with the members of Bahrain’s Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, the king said Manama seeks “brotherhood” in its relations with Iran and “offers friendship” to the Islamic Republic, Bahraini TV reported.

King Hamad expressed Manama’s willingness to work with Tehran to pinpoint and tackle the existing problems, saying such cooperation will serve the interests of both Iranians and Arabs.

He also warned of the attempts by some media and entities to sow discord among Arabs, Iran and Muslim nations.

Hamad went on to say that a country’s crises should be tackled internally, because when the solution comes from abroad, it brings with it some treacheries.

The Bahraini King also underscored Bahrain’s need for having a better government and parliament, noting such purpose should be achieved “by the people and according to legal means.”

Since mid-February, Hundred of thousands of anti-government protesters in Bahrain have poured into the streets, calling for an end to the ruling of Al Khalifa dynasty, which has ruled the country for almost forty years.

On March 13, Saudi-led forces were dispatched to the Persian Gulf island at Manama’s request to quell the countrywide protests.

Since the deployment of Saudi troops in Bahrain, Manama has shown itself capable of great brutality in suppressing the anti-regime protesters.

Scores of protesters have been killed and many others arrested and sent to unknown locations during Manama’s violent crackdown on protesters. A number of the deaths have occurred under torture.

Regime forces have also raided dozens of Shiite mosques, schools, sacred sites and even graves in persisting efforts to suppress all opposition and to create an atmosphere for Wahabism to Penetrate into Bahraini culture ,as there was no earlier tracks of any type of Wahabi influence in Bahrain. Or any type of sectarianism in the Bahrain before the arrival of Saudi forces in the Kingdom. As the People were living in complete Harmony with each other regardless of there cast creed or sect.

On one side is a grinding campaign to break the spirits of Shiite-led opponents whose pro-reform uprising was smothered by martial law. While On the other: An expanding PR offensive to portray the Sunni monarchy as firmly in charge, and Bahrain as a firewall against Iranian influence in the nation that hosts the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet.

While Bahrain’s current spin – shifting from state media to the web – could appear as just more boosterism in a region where rulers are constantly bathed in state-sponsored praise. But there is a distinct undercurrent in the island kingdom: pumping up its own rhetoric to match Iran’s of criticism on the torture , abduction and trial of Innocent Protesting Civilians.

“So many of the Gulf’s big issues are squeezed into this one tiny country,” said Shadi Hamid, director of research at The Brookings Doha Center in Qatar.

Iran has relentlessly assailed Bahrain’s rulers for crackdowns against the country’s Shiite majority, which comprises 80 percent of the population but is denied key roles in government or security affairs. Tehran’s statements took on an even harder edge after Bahrain’s monarchy declared military rule and was aided in March by a Gulf force dominated by Saudi Arabia.

The Gulf Arab sheiks and monarchs view Bahrain as a domino that cannot fall. Any gains by Bahrain’s Shiites, in their minds, equates to a potential Break down of their own Dictatorships , and awakening of the Poor people of their countries, whose rights and wealth they are freely enjoying .

Bahrain’s propaganda machine is revving the fastest by necessity. The uprising that began in February has left at least 30 people dead and and the Bahraini Government have carved up the tiny country along Sunni and Shiite lines – with divisions seeming to deepen as authorities shift into an us-or-them mode.

Just moments after a closed-door security court issued four death sentences on April 28 for the slayings of two policemen, state authorities sent journalists the web links to two government-produced videos on the case that were posted on YouTube. The attackers were described as “traitors” and “beasts without any mercy,” with no mention of the harsh measures used by security forces, including firing on crowds and widespread arrests.

The U.N.’s top rights official, Navi Pillay, Thursday called for an independent probe into violence by Bahraini police and military against protests.

But authorities are moving in a different direction, encouraging their backers to show support for their rule and actions. So-called “loyalty books” have been placed around the country for signatures and comments.

This week, a separate online campaign was launched called “We Are All Hamad” – a reference to Bahrain’s king Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa. It asks people to add portraits of the king on their social media pages and post messages on Facebook, Twitter and other sites to prove Bahrainis are “united in love and loyalty to their nation and its wise leadership.”

It’s impossible to verify any figures on the campaign. But clearly some backers of the Bahrain’s monarchy heeded the call.

Bahrain’s foreign minister, Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, added on his Twitter page: “Yes we can!”

The state is increasingly trying to “enforce the official narrative” of the unrest, said Jane Kinninmont, a Gulf specialist at the London-based Economist Intelligence Unit.

“There are only two positions to have in Bahrain now,” Kinninmont said. “It’s very much an ‘either you are with us or against us’ campaign.”

On Tuesday, Bahrain’s justice minister, Khaled bin Ali Al Khalifa, said 23 doctors and 24 nurses would be the next to face charges that include attempts to topple the monarchy.

The Only crime of these Doctors and Nurses of Bahrain’s main state-run hospital, the Salmaniya Medical Complex, was that they were treating the Injured and tortured Citizens who were brought to their Hospital for Medical treatment , which the state terms as for “saborteurs who sought to spread chaos, cause disruptions and trouble and create sedition.”

Bit by bit, meanwhile, officials are erasing symbols of the uprising.

Atleast 28 Shiite mosques have been bulldozed for apparently being built without permits. The main opposition paper, Al Wasat, will be forced to shut down next week and three of its former top editors are scheduled to go on trial May 19.

Cranes have toppled the towering monument in Pearl Square, the center of the protest in the capital Manama, and renamed the site the GCC Roundabout after the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, which supported Bahrain’s embattled monarchy by sending in 1,500 troops.

“The rule that states might makes it right is still operative in Bahrain,” said Ehsan Ahrari, an analyst and commentator on regional affairs based in Alexandria, Virginia.

U.S. officials have kept themselves tight lipped on the affairs of Bahrain. However a few words were said of criticism of Bahrain’s crackdowns, but are very careful not to pressing too hard.

As The US 5th Fleet is the Pentagon’s main counterweight to Iran’s expanding military, which protects the so called allies or the agents , the Gulf leaders’ who are fearful of the Uprising in the region and they feel the only savior  of their Leadership is the  U.S. policies in the region – even though there hasn’t been any proven evidence of ties between Bahrain’s Shiites and Tehran.

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