Bahrain Posters: ‘Terrorism is an US Industry’

John Glaser, December 11, 2012

In the Shiite neighborhoods of Sitra in Bahrain, these posters are reportedly all over the place:

The picture on the bottom right-hand corner is John Timoney, the ex-US police chief whose expertise was tapped by the US-backed Bahraini dictatorship to crack down more efficiently on peaceful protesters.

The Obama administration, contrary to its own propaganda about being on the side of the people in the Arab Spring, has continued to lend economic, military, and diplomatic support to the tiny Persian Gulf monarch throughout its brutal repression of peaceful demonstrators since early 2011, when forty-seven unarmed protesters were shot and killed with live rounds by security forces.

The Bahraini regime hosts the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet, which allows the United States to “project power” in the Persian Gulf and patrol the Straits of Hormuz, through which 40 percent of the world’s seaborne oil passes. That ruthless geo-political advantage is not something the Obama administration is willing to give up for the sake of democracy and human rights.

Bahrain recently banned all protests and demonstration in a dramatic violation of basic rights. But it is only one aspect of the repressive, martial-law type responses from the US-supported dictatorship. Others have included systematic torturebeatingsweaponizing tear gas, imposing curfews, harassing well-known activists, show trials and detentions, and cracking down on press freedoms, among many others.




14 Responses to “Bahrain Posters: ‘Terrorism is an US Industry’”

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  3. An odd expression, “truth hurts” but most US citizenry will never see those signs and even if 99% of populace did it would not be understood as a truth and to the large% of those who do know it is the truth they would only feel indifference; Now that is a “Truth That Hurts”.
    When it comes to how man is supposed to treat his fellow man I find little difference in the actions of our citizenry in comparison to the masses of peoples from previous barbaric civilizations up to say 1944 in all save but one aspect; ignorance.
    Before that datethere was never a nation where one could truly become educated because of the vast profsion of easily accessable information.
    Today even more so than that at any time in our NAtions history have so many people chose deliberate ignorance as a way of life.
    It is not due to survival instinct that we allow a massive amounts of killings outside our borders for as a nation no where else on earth has seen such safety from effects of war famine and pestience along with creature comforts such as has the US.
    As no nation on earth we chose our national identity and it is indeed a terribly bloody one for rest of worlds peoples bt that choice.

  4. That ruthless geo-political advantage is not something the Obama administration is willing to give up for the sake of democracy and human rights.

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  6. I wonder how long it will be before the Jihadists in Syria will turn their attention to Bahrain and Saudi Arabia? Also the next target once they sort out Assad and the Monarchies will be Israel.

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