The influence and hypocrisy of U.S. foreign policy and the power and greed behind Saudi Arabia are two of the main reasons I’ve maintained an unwavering fascination with the protests in Bahrain. The people of Bahrain have a nearly unfathomable amount of power working against them.
From NPR’s Kelly McEvers - Bahrain: The Revolution That Wasn’t:
And so Bahrain became the one Arab country whose uprising was definitively put down. One reason, argues Toby Jones, a professor of Middle East history at Rutgers University, is that the United States and its allies wanted it that way.
For all America’s talk during the Arab Spring about supporting those who seek freedom, Jones says, Bahrain was different.
'If there is a place globally where there is not just distance but a huge gap between American interests and American values, it's in the Persian Gulf,' Jones says. 'And its epicenter is in Bahrain. Bahrain is ground zero for the Arab Spring in the Persian Gulf. And the United States has chosen sides. It has decided that it wants to see the Bahraini regime survive and endure. And that's important not only for the American relationship with Bahrain but for Saudi Arabia.'
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