Mission & Name
US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
Silence About Bahrain Protests
By Mohammed Khaku
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, June 13, 2011
As Bahrainís government intensifies its campaign to crush dissent, the
world has been largely silent. The silence of the world, and particularly
the US, in the face of this campaign is frustrating to ordinary Bahrainis
who oppose the crackdown, but watch the world condemn rulers in Libya,
Syria, and Yemen without a mention of Bahrain.
protesters continue to demand the ouster of the 200-year-old monarchy.
Troops from Saudi and the United Arab Emirates, with the Bahraini
government forces have launched a lethal attack on the popular revolution
that began to sweep the Island of Bahrain on February 14.
is the size of New York City, but also home to the US Navyís Fifth Fleet,
which patrols the Persian Gulf, however this should not stop Obama
administration to condemn human rights abuses committed by the Bahraini
security forces. Western governments have had no problem in calling for
Muammar Gaddafi to go. They have condemned Bashar al-Assad in Syria and
Ali Abdullah Saleh in Yemen for firing on protesters and detention without
trial. But on the topic of the equally repressive Khalifa regime in
Bahrain, US remains silent. This is undermining any credibility with
Bahrainis or internationally.
Bahrainiís are being
tortured, kidnapped, sexually harassed and assaulted, villages and houses
being raided, religious and historical monuments are being demolished and
holy book - Quran burnt. The world remain silent while the champions
of democracy Ė United States has done little but mumble incoherently.
Bahrainís government has also sought to wipe out the political opposition,
arresting politicians, imprisoning and killing medical doctors and nurses
and shutting down the nation's only independent newspaper. The Al Khalifa
is committing genocide, ethnic cleansing and should be indicted for crime
There are numerous reports whereby some news
agencies and TV stations were asked not to report on Bahrain so as not to
embarrass President Barack Obamaís administration. While the Saudi
monarchy has been able to win the favors in Washington beltway, through
buying influence with the policy makers; through direct cash assistance;
and business contracts with American companies, and also buying interest
in the media, such as ABC and FOX news. It is no coincidence that richest
man in the world, Prince Alwaleed comes to Washington to talk with Bob
Segal of NPR and other news media outlet on Arab uprising.
Think Tanks in Washington do not address the Bahrainís human right
violations and Saudi forces occupying Bahrain. The US and European
countries will start calling for sanctions if Syria was to occupy Lebanon.
The Think Tank analyst such as president jimmy carter refuse to even talk
of human right violation in Saudi Arabia, he is probably the worst
example, because he had received over 35 million dollars for his Carter
Center in Atlanta, which has a Human Rights center. What a hypocrisy,
President Carter has never raised the issue of human rights in Saudi
Arabia or Bahrain, but talks and writes books and Op-Ed Column about
human right violation in Palestine.
If you are to believe that we
are there for humanitarian reasons to bomb Libya as President Obama
states, then why are we not in Bahrain? Proof of the hypocrisy is that
the US has ordered the media to be silent of the killings and injustices
taking place in Bahrain.