Bahrain Belongs to Iran!
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are in discussions about forming a European-like union to oppose their enemy, Iran. Iran is furious about this because Iran considers Bahrain part of Iran, much like China considers Taiwan part of China.
Bahrain was under British control from 1935 -1948, after 1948, rebellions against the British rose and Bahrain was in a limbo colony state. Most people today do not know this. In 1957, Iran annexed it as its 14th province. When this happened, the British began to import thousands of Arab workers to make it less-Iranian. It was not until 1965, the British tried to determine where international borders were and Iran and the West debated over Bahrain. In 1971, the Shah of Iran was forced to accept Bahrain’s independence due to Western pressure, mainly from the British. In 1979, after the Iranian revolution, Iran tried to annex it and has since never agreed to what happened. In recent months, Iran has been quietly meddling in Bahrain's social discontent raised by the majority of its citizens, which are Shiite Muslims, like in Iran. The king of Bahrain is Sunni Muslim as most of its government is and the surrounding countries. In 1981, Iran tried to force a coup and install an exiled Iranian cleric over Bahrain, this failed.
Saudi Arabia has thousands of its own troops in Bahrain to control the discontent there. It is also home to the US 5th Fleet. Bahrain has 1.2 million people squeezed into its small area, some say Saudi Arabia has already annexed the country as mutually agreed. Iran suspects this and still simmers about the whole loss. Saudi Arabia also fears that Iran has the potential to mobilize and incite pro-democracy upheaval among the large Saudi Shiite population living in the country’s oil-rich Eastern Province region. If this were successful, oil supplies could become targets.
Thus, like China over Taiwan, Iran simmers about Bahrain. If there is ever a war or conflict in this area, Iran will no doubt try to once again take Bahrain or render it useless by destroying its oil producing capacity.