Yes and no. It's being emphasised that this is GCC, and by invitation. UAE has also sent 500 police into Bahrain. But Iran is inevitably making political capital out of it and styling it as an invasion, while the protesters themselves are calling it an occupation. time will tell.
As an aside, every Thursday night, thousands of Saudis pour across the causeway into Bahrain where there is easy access to bars with alcohol and bar girls, both of which are banned in Saudi. But they don't come in troop transporters, just Landcruisers!
The wealth gap or perhaps even more the opportunity gap triggers the protest. But when that is coupled with a sectarian divide (sunni/shia) between rich ruling minority and the disadvantaged majority, it's a bad formula. Sectarianism and tribalism are maybe the commonest excuses for barbarism. The protesters in Bahrain initially wanted political reform but were not unduly hostile to the monarchy. But this last is changing fast thanks to the disproportionate response.
Ruling elites seem to specialise in "disproportionate" responses. Saw some of this on our news this evening, and it is worrying. Especially appreciated the irony of Iran Deploring the "disproportionate" response - like they don't do similar things to anti-government protesters! Eventually the voice of the people will be heard - the question is how expensive with the ruling elites - Sunni or Shia in these cases - make it? Sectarianism is always bad news. Imagine a world without religion! Could this develop into open conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran? That would be really bad news.
I back freedom of everything - including the freedom of the Egyptian people to choose what they want. The US setting up another dictator just puts the people back where they were with the last one - Mubarak.
Sadly. more than a tinge, Maita. Rather like the Catholic/Protestant divide in Ireland, it can be stirred up into real hatred by people with agendas. That is the trouble with irrational beliefs the world over. Simply because the belief is irrational, there is no way to defend it under duress, except through violence.
My understanding is that the UN Security Council resolution authorized what ever is necessary to protect the rebel citizens. That presumably includes action on the ground.
Apparently as a result of the UN action, Khadaffi called a cease fire this morning.
"Libya's foreign minister announced an immediate cease-fire Friday, less than a day after the U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution authorizing "all necessary measures" to protect the Libyan people.
"Foreign Minister Musa Kusa said his country is committed to accepting the terms of the U.N. resolution, a reversal from the initial defiance displayed by Moammar Gadhafi's regime."
He may well be trying to wrong-foot the UN by announcing this cease fire while simultaneously planning his next move. One thing is certain - he has not forgiven the protesters and if he remains in power he will take terrible revenge when he can, directly or indirectly.
So Libya is now an out and out war zone. Yemen carried out a massacre of protesters yesterday, and Bahrain is occupied by Saudi troops.
This last is ironic. Notionally 'peace-keepers', they were invited in by the rulers, the very ones who had destroyed the peace by assassinating peaceful protesters. The GCC made a very wrong call there.
The only good news from the Middle East is that Egypt's referendum on political reforms had a huge and enthusiastic turn-out.
the news is very bleak lately... The Japanese people will have to rethink their nuclear power alternatives and perhaps not rebuild the destroyed cities.. when are we getting out of the middle east or will this latest involvement get us into a third war?
I'm wondering who will be in charge when Gadaffi is removed? will this reduce the gas prices?
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