I’m about to add another post from Libya.
But before I do: The uprisings in Libya, Yemen, and Syria are overshadowing a violent crackdown by the government of Bahrain on that country’s peaceful protesters.
Libya was an “easy” consensus for the Western powers: it wasn’t hard to agree that Qaddafi is distasteful and worth getting rid of. But in Washington, London, and Brussels, Bahrain is a thornier case, to which Western. There’s an American military base there, and the United States’ oil-producing GCC allies — especially Saudi Arabia — desperately fear the emergence of democracy in Bahrain. So Western governments have been happy to turn a blind eye as GCC countries have sent troops to help the Al Khalifah regime quash dissent. It helps that the Al Khalifah are blaming the uprising on Iran.
From the BBC:
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