Sunday, March 20, 2011

Bahraini king gets repressive

"Despite assurances from the royal family that the country is back to normal, Salmaniya hospital provides stark evidence of the grim reality settling over Bahrain, a close ally of the United States and home to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet. Armored vehicles and soldiers in ski masks ring the medical complex, turning away most visitors, including journalists.

Bahrain's health minister resigned after the military's incursion into the hospital. Several physicians have been arrested and others face regular harassment, doctors said. Many in the country's majority Shiite Muslim population, which has been at the forefront of the demonstrations against the Sunni royal family, refuse to go to Salmaniya for fear of arrest, doctors said."

1 comment :

Maury said...

Protesters in Bahrain made two fatal errors. First, they refused to meet with the King, and discuss their demands. It was their way or the highway. I think a constitutional monarchy might be the way to go. We're talking a government that has been around almost as long as the US government. That's incredibly long for a mideast government.

The second blunder was shutting down the financial district. I don't think they gave the government any other choice. It was time to crack down or pack up and leave. That would have led to chaos imo.