The U.S.-Backed Crackdown in Bahrain

The heroic John Glaser, assistant editor at, blogs about Foreign Policy’s interview of Nabeel Rajab where the Bahraini activist has this to say about the U.S.-supported repression in Bahrain:

The military has taken part in suppressing the protests. They have killed people, they have tortured people, they have arrested people, they have detained people. They have established checkpoints and humiliated people at checkpoints, raided houses, robbed houses, demolished mosques. They have taken part in every crime committed in the past months.


They attacked me, 25 masked men kidnapped me from my home last March. They blindfolded me, handcuffed me, beat me, then took me back home. This has happened a few times. My house is targeted, my mother’s house is targeted, all because of my work. But I am better off than the others, because I am free and not dead, because there are people who have been killed and who are behind bars now.

President Barack Obama has repeatedly sided with the brutal Al Khalifa regime there; a stark contrast to the rhetoric normally associated with the administration’s support of the various Arab Spring uprisings.

Why the contrast? Something to do with the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet, perhaps?

John Glaser also talked to Scott Horton of Antiwar Radio about new developments in the Middle East including the U.S.-backed brutal crackdown in Bahrain.

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