March 24, 2011

THE PRO-APARTHEID LEFT?:

Springtime for Civil War (Bruce Riedel, March 22, 2011, National Interest)

The Saudis goal in Bahrain is clear; no revolution in the gulf monarchies especially by Shia. They intervened in Bahrain to back anti-Shia Sunni hardliners led by the Prime Minister who has ruled since 1961. The aim: to marginalize reformers like the American-backed Crown Prince. The Saudis sent a clear message to the two Shia republics in the gulf, especially Iran but also Iraq, that they will not tolerate Shia takeovers in Bahrain or the Kingdom's eastern province. They also sent a message to Washington: Bush naively gave Iraq to the Shia, Obama won't do the same to Bahrain.

That's just silly. We aren't going to tolerate a minority regime. Consensual government isn't naivete; it's American.


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