Bahrain Foreign Minister Seeks UN Help Against Iran "Encroachment"

Tyler Durden's picture

Following two revolutions, one civil war, a massive earthquake, a tsunami and a nuclear catastrophe, the world now appears to be a oblivious to geopolitical news of any nature. And yet geopolitics continue to matter. The latest example comes from Bahrain where The National reports that "there is no state of emergency in Bahrain, the nation's foreign minister said yesterday, but rather a "national safety situation" due to interference from Iran." Well, with Saudi troops and the US 5th fleet solidly still landed in the kingdom, it appears that this is nothing but another preemption of a Wag the Dog type scenario. "Khalid bin Ahmed al Khalifa told reporters on the sidelines of an
anti-piracy conference in Dubai that the Gulf Peninsula Shield Force was
needed to counter Iran's effect on his country." And just in case it was unclear how much of a "threat" Iran is, he added: "We have never seen a sustained campaign from Iran on Bahrain and the Gulf like we've seen in the last two months." Naturally, Iran was delighted to be blamed for what is a crackdown by the Bahrain government against its own people: "Meanwhile, Iran's foreign ministry has said the allegations of
interference in Bahrain, where Shiites form the majority, targeted
"Muslim unity", according to the state television website." In the meantime Brent continues trading at a price, and will continue trading at a price, that continues to take out several percentage points from US and European GDP. But this is so obvious it will take Hatzius at least a few more weeks before he downgrades his full year outlook.

More from The National:

"The repetitive and false accusations against the Islamic Republic of Iran in the recent Persian Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) statement are rejected and unfounded," it quoted ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast as saying.

The GCC - which includes Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE - called on the UN Security Council this week to halt Iranian interference in Gulf affairs.

Mr al Khalifa said a letter had been sent to the UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon with evidence of threats from Iran and the Lebanese militant group Hizbollah.

In the meantime, Bahrain's own treatment with ongoing civil discontent has raised quite a few eyebrows:

He denied reports that officials were aiming to dissolve Shiite opposition groups, despite a lawsuit filed last week by the country's ministry of justice and Islamic affairs against the Islamic Action Association and Al Wefaq.

Addressing reports that the national football team had been arrested for protesting, the minister said only some players, who were also members of the Bahrain Defence Force, were held for violating their terms of service.

Demands for constitutional amendments and reforms, led mainly by Shiites, were quelled by Sunni leaders last month.

Calls against government corruption were "very serious" and should be addressed through parliament and the legislative process, the foreign minister said. He labelled a call for "toppling the government", however, as "something that no one can live with".

Lastly, what would a Middle East update be without just a little friendly truth inversion:

The Salmaniya Medical Complex, which has been at the centre of clashes between the government and protesters, had been a "no-go hospital" for a long time, Mr al Khalifa said.

"Instead of seeing it being portrayed as occupied, actually it's been liberated," he said.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights had called the government's takeover of the hospital a "blatant violation of international law", while government officials have accused hospital staff of sheltering "organised gangs".

And yes, should the UN actually listen to this shining example of humanist concern and invade Iran, killing thousands in the process, the price of crude just may inch up modestly to quite modestly in the near future.

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carbonmutant's picture

Due to a shortage of ammunition we are unable to comply with your request at this time...

Ahmeexnal's picture

Meanwhile, China tests its stealth fighter...over San Francisco...undetected!

Rodent Freikorps's picture

Obama has cancelled the return of one combat brigade from Europe planned by George W. Bush, and two administration officials promise an even bigger military presence in Europe than in the past decade.


PY-129-20's picture

It's okay with me. There are several US-bases here in my region of Germany and nobody is concerned about them - well, maybe some leftists group (Die Linke). To be honest, some of the cities in the south west depend on them - it's all about money. So, they get their military support and in return the cities get money. As long as they don't try to tax us (that would be a bad move - like the Romans tried...) I don't have any problem. In fact, it is quite amusing to see all these US-police vans patrolling the streets of some small villages. Never had any trouble, most people are very friendly. It's only disturbing when these fighter jets crash from time to time.

But if I would be an American citizen, I probably wouldn't like it.

Max Hunter's picture

You are right, many of us Americans don't like it and see it as a HUGE waste of resources.. I've spent a lot of time in Germany and every time I've seen soldiers or bases I just shake my head at the wasted tax dollars..

Bringin It's picture

As long as they don't try to tax us

Gunther - believe me.  You are paying a tax for this.  It's subtle.  Like all that toxic financial gas the German banks wound up holding ... and Merkle covered.

lesterbegood's picture

Gotta keep those American troops occupied overseas lest they come home and arrest lots of FedCorp traitors.

Ignore Obama and come home and git some!

Quicksilver's picture

Better not give them any excuse to impose a no fly zone.

knukles's picture

Do you realize that it was reported in the French media that they're actually running low on ordinance?  Bombs.  Used 'em all up in Libya.  Already.

UN approval.  Fuck Yeah!
Kick ass (Persian) and take names, er, Oil.

Or sumpthin'

God, we are soooooooooo fucked.

Debtless's picture

I was wondering how long it was going to be before they told us IRAN is a threat again.

MarketTruth's picture

Iran is the whipping boy when Bahrain keeps murdering their own citizens and Bahrain's police are running amok destroying private property of their citizens. Check YouTube videos to see Bahrain's police vandalizing and destroying private property without any cause or restraint. Bahrain just wants to use a 'booga booga' scapegoat like Iran... only idiots would believe it. Bahrain is starting to do exactly what Egypt did at the beginning of their newfound revolution.

JW n FL's picture

British Citizen 'Beaten to Death' in a Dubai Police Cell after Being Arrested for Swearing

British Man Beaten to Death by Dubai Police after Arrested for Swearing Someone Should Destroy Those Rabid Police Animals!

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Bringin It's picture

Wow!  Awful.  But who in their right mind would holiday in Dubai??

string's picture

How many licks *does* it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop lollipop?

tiger7905's picture

Here's more on Bahrain, it would appear that Saudi Arabia is willing to stand up to Iran this time. Of course they are surely being forced by the US to do so.

Urban Redneck's picture

Who bowed to whom?  Who has his hand on the oil spigot?


velobabe's picture

tyler, thanks for staying on top of middle east and northern africa news.

Dreadker's picture

Yep - its nice to have this haven on ZH for news that matters... ;-)  MSM is better than comedy central these days ;-)

solidsteele's picture

Due to an over abundance of sensibility we are unable to comply with your request at this time...

scatterbrains's picture

OT-  looks like the youth are starting to get desperate....

redpill's picture

Isn't that technically illegal?

scatterbrains's picture

I think so... maybe do a casino cruise type event where you can row out a mile off the coast to foriegn flagged boats where they cut your body parts out for you? not sure.

redpill's picture

Kind of like a small cadre of bankers cut the heart out of our once proud nation on a little island off the coast of Georgia?

scatterbrains's picture

yea just like on Dr. Jeckle's  Island.. except on a boat. 


knukles's picture

Just back from Fuckushitinme and saw the news.
Can I sell my third teste?

string's picture

Let me know when he's ready to part with his liver.


knukles's picture

You can take mine, I'm not using it.
Oh, that was my advice, not my liver. 

redpill's picture

The UN doesn't have time for this.  They are too busy partnering with Charles Manson in the fight against global warming.

luciusfargo's picture

Yes yes this is all preposterous. Iran is much too busy encroaching on the American and British lackeys stirring unrest is its tranquil theocracy to be encroaching on the affairs of its neighbours.

redpill's picture

Bahrain and Saudi Arabia should worry less about Iranian military "encroachment" and more about Iranian nuclear "encroachment" when their ass-backwards Bushehr reactor inevitably melts down and showers the entire peninsula in radiation.


solidsteele's picture

you can shoot an enemy dead in the streets, but take him captive and hook up battery cables to his nuts, and you become a war criminal? I want to be un-born!

treemagnet's picture

nobody has used more smart bombs and drone attacks than Obama - but when he captures them both he and that motherless fuck Holder want to grant them the rights of a kill with no trial or capture and have a trial? 

Harlequin001's picture

yep, there's nothing like a fair fight is there...

and that's nothing like a fair fight is it...

treemagnet's picture

The only reason my wife and I drive little diesel Vdubs is so I give these inbred, fucktarded, middle eastern, "one trick ponies" as little as possible. 

Thadeous's picture

Lets let muslims deal with muslim problems for a change.

the not so mighty maximiza's picture

Time for some some more air war

duncecap rack's picture

I haven't seen the update on the American fleet movements recently. Are there two aircraft carriers parked over there still?

I am Jobe's picture

Ok, raise the debt ceieling and we need to go to war. Lets go, what the F are we waiting for. More the merrier.Meanwhile China , India , Brazil are all laughing at the USA. Hope and Change

solidsteele's picture

Hope they don't find out we changed their atm pin numbers

IdioTsincracY's picture

Stop every single war ... take the money we save and install solar panels on every single roof ... then smile as you flip your middle finger to all the haters!!