Reflecting on Escalation and Conspiracies in Bahrain
On 31 December 2013 Bahraini security forces released information about their interception of a boat laden with explosives, detonators, guns and ammunition. The weapons cache came from Iran. For the neutral observer, such an interdiction indicated the active role the Islamic Republic was playing in Bahrain’s political turbulence. And yet, despite such clear evidence, the vast majority of commentaries related to the event sought to lay responsibility at the feet of Bahrain’s government (at best) or blame them wholesale for “fabricating” evidence.
Well, the evidence was not fabricated; Bahrain has just seen the deadly ramifications of Iranian meddling. Yesterday’s (03 March 2014) cold-blooded murder of three police officers in a remote-bomb attack should serve as a signal to those that earn their livings as serial conspiracy theorists that their lack of intellectual depth renders their analyses ridiculous. But they will never admit it. Such would-be thinkers have invested too much of their energies attempting to reveal the inherent weaknesses of Bahrain and the inherent strength of its opposition without once questioning the motives of, and the support lent to, such an opposition. Face the facts: Bahrain’s al Wefaq bloc negotiates in bad faith and has spawned the radical Youth of 14 February. They maintain relations to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, the al Quds Force and Hezbollah. And, most importantly, they have decided that violence is the most suitable means to achieve their political goals. In short, al Wefaq is little better than a terrorist group itself.
Sure, they use the language of human rights because they know it will work. But they do not walk-the-walk of the democracy they preach. Al Wefaq has never had an internal election and its members tow the line or are dismissed. They use intimidation to keep their people “loyal” and normal Bahrainis scared. Ali Salman is not Mandela but rather Malcolm X, Issa Qassim fashions himself as an Ayatollah while Nabeel Rajab and the al Khawaja crew have earned their livings catering to the interests of Iran; it is time for the rest of the international community to recognise this.
This short reflection will certainly get the usual suspects out on Twitter in attack mode. They do not want to see the truth, and even when they do, they chalk violence up as a grand conspiracy. But the real conspiracy is the one which has brought the intellectuals of the West to occupy the same bed as radical groups in Bahrain. It makes no sense. After all how can a true human rights and democracy promoter support groups and personalities that are ready to sacrifice those same values in an open and tolerant society like Bahrain? The answer is probably simpler than one thinks; they have been duped. What a sad commentary! The best and the brightest of the West duped to support Iranian interests that include the projection of the Islamic Republic’s power throughout Arabia with all the deadly consequences that will produce.