Torture -part 3: “Bahrain’s Security Forces: A History of Sexual Sadism”

 “There is one place in which one’s privacy, intimacy, integrity and inviolability are guaranteed – one’s body, a unique temple and a familiar territory of sensa and personal history. The torturer invades, defiles and desecrates this shrine. He does so publicly, deliberately, repeatedly and, often, sadistically and sexually, with undisguised pleasure. Hence the all-pervasive, long-lasting, and, frequently, irreversible effects and outcomes of torture.” Sam Vaknin, The Psychology of Torture

Unlike witnesses to horrors of war who usually share a collective memory with a community, victims of torture face a unique and special type of trauma. The physical and mental pain associated with torture and sexual abuse has been a subject of study in the past 50 years; intelligence agencies, good-willed psychiatrists, psychologists and philosophers have all showed special interest. No matter how much you read or watch about torture, or even if you work first-hand with torture victims, there’s no way you can truly comprehend the magnitude of their suffering. Eliane Scarry, in her book “The Body in Pain”, says “Pain comes unsharably into our midst, at once that which cannot be denied and that which cannot be confirmed”. Psychologist Shirley Spitz, in a seminar about torture: “Torture is an obscenity in that it joins what is most private with what is most public. Torture entails all the isolation and extreme solitude of privacy with none of the usual security embodied therein”. She then tries to explain pain: “Pain is also unsharable in that it is resistant to language… Pain is not of, or for, anything. Pain is. And it draws us away from the space of interaction, the sharable world, inwards.”

Typically, torture victims suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). They can experience insomnia, irritability, restlessness, attention deficits, night terrors, flashbacks, cognitive impairment, reduced capacity to learn, memory disorders, sexual dysfunction, social withdrawal, inability to maintain long-term relationships, or even mere intimacy, phobias, ideas of reference and superstitions, delusions, hallucinations, psychotic microepisodes and emotional flatness. The torture and sexual abuse inflicted on Bahrainis, like that inflicted on Argentineans, Filipinos and others, is not only meant to crush the political prisoner, but to break-down the entire community; spreading fear, anguish, and mistrust. Many torture victims become anti-social and suicidal; and as witnessed in Iraq, Egypt and elsewhere, torture victims and their family members are among the easiest to recruit in terrorist and militant organizations. In 2009, Chairman of the US Senate Armed Services Committee Carl Levin in a conference asserted: “the abuse of detainees in our custody has served as a recruitment tool for terrorists”. Despite 200 years of oppression and more than 40 years of torture, we haven’t seen serious violence or major terrorist acts in Bahrain by dissidents.

Sexual abuse is a tool that has been used in Bahrain for a long time; most torturers aren’t Bahrainis, and therefore, feel no sympathy towards the tortured. The below cases were documented prior to recent events, in the 80s, 90s, & 2000s; they illustrate how sexual abuse and assault are basics in Bahrain’s Security Forces’ manual:

1) In a British documentary about Ian Henderson, “Blind Eye to the Butcher”, a former Bahraini prisoner Hashem Redha who’s currently living in the UK, was interviewed. He was most probably imprisoned in the 80s and early 90s era; he was severely tortured and his nose was disfigured. He described how he was tortured with sticks and hoses, and that they sexually assaulted him by putting a pencil in his anus. He also described how Henderson, himself, was supervising those torture sessions, and in one instance, he personally put his finger in the prisoner’s anus, and asked if the prisoner had confessed yet.

2) Robert Fisk interviewed a prisoner who “claims that in the 1980s he was sexually abused in Henderson’s headquarters by another British officer who forced a bottle into his anus in an attempt to persuade him to reveal the names of Shia opponents of Sheikh Issa’s regime. The man identified the Briton by name”. Fisk said he “have confirmed that a British officer of the same name worked for Henderson at the time”.

3) In 1996, Robert Fisk interviewed Sayed Hisham al-Moussawi, an opposition figure in exile was imprisoned and tortured. He claimed “British officer – not Henderson or ”Brian” – was present during the ill-treatment. He named a Briton who worked with Henderson as responsible for his torture in 1983”. Moussawi: ”[He] wanted me to confess to political activities. They beat my wife up in front of me and then the Briton pushed a bottle up my anus.”

4) Said Al-Eskafi claimed his son Ali, who died under torture, was sexually abused.

5) In an interview, a Bahraini who spent many years in jail describes how he was tortured severely, and that once when he asked for water, a torturer told another to urinate in his mouth. They also threatened him that they would rape his mother and sister. He says many detainees were raped and conditions were way worse than AbuGhraib.

6) Another prisoner, Tawfiq Mahrous, also said one of his torturers urinated in his mouth.  He describes how rape used to happen in front of prisoners. According to Mahrous, officer, Jama’a Nafe’e was specialized in rape and sexual assault, and these acts happened under his supervision.  He also goes on to describe how they used to put their heads in toilets.

7) From a 2010 Human Rights Watch Report titled “Torture Redux, The Revival of Physical Coercion during Interrogations in Bahrain”:

“Isa Abdullah Isa told Human Rights Watch that an officer said to him, “If you don’t confess, I will bring your wife and let all the guards have her, I swear to God.” Isa heard the officer tell someone to “start the car” before saying to Isa that he was going to get Isa’s wife. Isa said he then falsely confessed to giving a gun to another individual.”

“Isa Abdullah Isa reported that while he was blindfolded in a room at Adliya, guards tied a plastic flexible handcuff around his penis and forced him to drink a bottle of water. Every 15 to 30 minutes, the guards forced him to drink more water and Isa began to feel a strong urge to urinate. He cried out, asking to use the toilet, but the guards refused. Isa said he considered urinating where he stood, but the flexicuff prevented him from doing so. Eventually, a guard removed the flexicuff, but Isa still was not permitted to use the bathroom. He urinated on himself.”

“Naji Ali Hassan Fateel reported that while being suspended with his hands above his head officers told him that he had to cooperate. Otherwise, one of the officers told Fateel, security forces would arrest Fateel’s wife and put her with a Pakistani guard who would rape her. The officer said that the Pakistani’s regular “job” was to rape boys.”

“On the day of his arrest, Yassin Ali Ahmad Mushaima was being questioned regarding pipe bombs. When Mushaima said he knew nothing about bombs, guards removed his clothing and threatened to rape him. They also said that they would rape his sister and mother. At CID headquarters in Adliya, an officer taunted Ahmad Jaffer Muhammad by saying that he was going to have sex with Muhammad. Muhammad, who was blindfolded at the time, told Human Rights Watch that the threat terrified him.”

““They ripped my pants and shirt, and tore off all my clothes,” al-Hamadi said. “They made me lie on my side on the floor. I was handcuffed and they held my legs down. An Egyptian was holding an electric device and he put it on my sexual parts. He put it on and off many times.”Al-Hamadi reported that the device was never placed on his body for more than a second or two.”

“When al-Shaikh, who was blindfolded, said that he knew nothing about a gun, the officers removed his clothes and pulled his legs apart. Then, al-Shaikh said, they inserted what he believes was a baton into his anus for a few seconds. One of the officers said, “If you want to pretend to be a real man, we’ll show you how to be a real man.”

8)Maitham AlSheikh, mentioned above, who was tried in 2009 for alleged possession of arms, accused security forces of sexually assaulting him, and said that the doctor report proved it. In an interview, he also described how they hanged him upside down naked and used sticks to sexually assault him repeatedly. His torturers also electrocuted his genitals. His torture sessions would last up to 7 hours.

9) Essa Al Sarh, in an interview to BCHR also said Bassam Al Me’eraj, an officer, threatened him that he’ll bring his wife and undress her in front of him, if he didn’t sign the confession; which he signed after the threat.

10) Hassan Abdulnabi was imprisoned along with his wife. His torturers also threatened him they would rape his wife if he didn’t confess.

11) From a BHCR report about torture and sexual abuse: “the most recent case was in Dec. 2006 when Mossa Abdali, a human rights activist was allegedly abducted and subjected to physical and sexual abuse. As a result of such atrocities, Mr Abdali was granted political asylum in the UK starting August 2007”

12) In 2008, Mohamed Alsingace, the head of the Committee to Combat High Prices and detainee, told his family that was beaten and sexually molested by two security officers, Moftah (Bahraini) and Parvis (Non-Bahraini) in front of Sergeant Adnan Bahar. Two other detainees, Mahmood Hassan Saleh and Mohemmed Makki Ahmed complained about sexual abuse.

13) In 2008 as well, a number of opposition activists were arrested:

Hamed Ebrahim Fardan : “..I was stripped naked in full. They kept playing with my “penis”, tied it with a rope and pulled it until I fainted. Because of that, I lost control of urination (involuntary urination) for more than a week.” “They threatened to bring my wife and assault her before my eyes.”

Hameed Adnan Omran, Jawad Hameed Adnan, Jawad Hameed Adnan, Sadiq Sayed Ibrahim Jumaa  and Kumail Ahmad Ali Mahdi all claimed they were threatened with rape and sexual assault. Abdulla Juma Abdalla was threatened and sexually molested.

14) In 2010, BCHR blamed “Bahraini authorities for torturing Shia clerics and stripping several human rights defenders off their clothes in order to humiliate them. The human rights center also reported that some of the detainees, among them Shia clerics, were tortured, mutilated and sexually harassed and abused inside their cells.”

15) In 2010, 76 children have been detained, many were subjected to torture and sexual abuse. Their ages range from 10 to 17 year old. BCHR received a number of complaints on cases of child abductions by armed militias in civilian clothing. They are taken blindfolded to unknown centers where they are “tortured, severely beaten, and stripped naked” and “photographed” and “sexually harassed”. The incarceration could take from several hours to several days. Among the abducted, Ahmed Ibrahim (15 years), Ali Jaffer Aradi (15 years), Jasim Ahmed Habib (16 years), and Ali Ibrahim (17 years) who were all abducted on the 15th of last August from the village of Arad. “They were tortured and then dumped naked in the dawn of the next day at one of the country’s coasts”.

“The youngest child arrested is Jihad Aqeel AlSari (10 years), who was arrested on the eve of the Universal Children’s Day, November 19, 2010. This came after the family had received a call that Jihad was to go to the Police Ceter, which he refused to do fearing for his life. His family believes that the reason for his arrest is to put pressure on his father, the Shiite cleric Mr. Aqeel AlSari who is a detainee accused of participating in what is known as the “terrorism network”, especially after speaking before the Court on October 28th about how he was tortured in detention.”

16) Also, more on abductions by secret police: in August, 2010 armed militia in civilian clothing kidnapped Hakeem Al-Ashiri and Hussein Ali Dawood from Dair area and took them to an unknown location. “Their clothes were stripped off entirely, and were photographed nude and they were sexually harassed.”

On August 15th, Ali Hasan Al-Sitri, a law student and an activist, was abducted, tortured, and photographed naked. He was later told by an interrogator that this was only a message, and that his family members will be raped if he continued his activism. He was imprisoned for 2 days.

In another incident, Ahmed Ali Hussein Abdullah was abducted, tortured, stripped naked, rubbed with oil, sexually assaulted, and photographed. He was told that his photos will be published on the internet. He was questioned about his relation with the opposition, and he was threatened with raping his family members as well.

“Torture combines complete humiliating exposure with utter devastating isolation. The final products and outcome of torture are a scarred and often shattered victim and an empty display of the fiction of power” Shirley Spitz

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Torture -part 2 “Bahrain: The Systematic Use of Sexual Abuse”

“Ahmed talked about the oppression of the Khalifa family in the old days . If any of Baharnis were known to have a decent house, donkey or daughter they were robbed of it by the Shaikh”  Belgrave Diaries

Bahrain’s security apparatus and secret police were established by the British, and were headed by Ian Henderson, “The Butcher of Bahrain” for 30 years. The rationale is that the people of Bahrain are basically the subjects of their (the British’s) subjects (the Khalifas). Add to that, the mentality of the ruling “conquering” family who believe Bahrain is their private property (owning 30% of its land) and its people are their slaves. With naturalization of foreigners to work in the security forces, things became messier for Bahrainis. The people were not only subjected to a colonial power, and a non-compromising ruling family; but also subjected to an uneducated and ruthless foreign mercenary force. Since Shiites are generally not allowed into security forces, the animosity they are faced with has an ugly anti-Shia and sectarian nature. The police and security forces feel no shame destroying their mosques, wrecking their cars, stealing their possessions, verbally abusing them and their beliefs, humiliating them, and even sexually molesting and abusing their children, men, and women. The systematic nature of such behavior means that it’s not just an anti-Shia sentiment that drives them, but a well-designed policy dictated from the high chair of the decision maker down the ladder to the recently shipped Pakistani mercenary.

Sexual Abuse is used and has been used systematically in Bahrain. The same methods used in the 80s, were used in the 90s, and are being used now. The main aims are to extract confessions and to crush the prisoner’s will and dignity. Of course, with time, it becomes just a normal perverted behavior of a sadistic security force. In a conservative society like that of Bahrain, a rape victim can face a multitude of psychological and social problems and in many instances refrain from speaking out. In recent events, the government is accusing protesters with all kinds of bogus charges, and most of the time these charges are baseless. Following an old protocol, interrogators force detainees to sign confessions after severely torturing them and sexually assaulting them, or threatening them with rape.

Below cases were documented after the latest uprising that started with protests on Feb 14. They are testimonies of people brutalized or detained by security forces. The below accusations and the nature of the subject and the crackdown suggest that there are many untold stories. The next report will provide testimonies of sexual abuse prior to Feb 14, 2011 demonstrating the mindset of the security forces and the government policy of crushing dissent by any devious means possible since Bahrain’s independence.

Post February 14, 2011:

1) In a short documentary “Bahrain’s Dark Secret” about recent events by SBS Australia, Nabeel Rajab describes a midnight raid on his house followed by his arrest. They used anti-Shia language with him, and threatened to rape him.

2) In the same documentary, a woman named Fatima expressed her sorrow over her husband’s arrest by 50 masked security personnel. She finds trouble describing how 5 men hit her, used profane-insulting language against her, and sexually harassed her. One of the men put his penis in front of her face.

3) Abdulhadi AlKhawaja, a prominent human rights activist, who’s in jail and facing charges, was threatened with rape. His torturers wanted to videotape him confessing and appologizing to the King; when he refused, he was taken to another room, where they used “foul language and threatened him with rape,” “they also threatened to rape his activist daughter.”

“At this point the men started undressing and showing their private parts after which they started touching (Khawaja) inappropriately,”

“When they tried to take off his pants, he threw himself down and started hitting his head on the ground continuously until he almost passed out. Seeing this they returned him to his prison cell.”

4) In a report in the Herald Sun titled ” Men raped, tortured in Bahrain”, interviews were conducted with 6 Bahraini men on how they were tortured. A 20 year-old named Mohammed, who claimed he had nothing to do with the protests, was detained, tortured and raped!

5) A female doctor was tortured by a female interrogator. The next day, a male interrogator threatened her with rape:

He told her: “You must have had Mutah with demonstrators at the (Pearl) roundabout,” “I will have Mutah with you,”

Another interrogator threatened her: “I will hang you from your breasts and rape you,”

She later signed the confession.

6) Ayat AlQurmuzi, a student who read a poem critical of the royal family was imprisoned. Her family said she was severely tortured and abused. They said her torturers spat in her mouth, and wiped her face on toilets. She was also threatened with rape, and exposure of degrading photos on the internet. And according to the Independent, pictures of Ayat began showing up on pornographic and dating websites.

7) 28 Shiite employees working in Bahrain International Circuit were detained, tortured and fired from their jobs. They were stripped out of their clothes.

According to one employee: “They said they’d rape us. They tried to touch you in various places to make you feel it’s going to happen.”

8)A woman doctor in custody was threatened with rape; a security officer told her: “We are 14 guys in this room, do you know what we can do to you? It’s the emergency law [martial law] and we are free to do what we want.”

9)  AlJazeera English interviewed a 16-year old schoolgirl who was taken from school, detained and tortured for three days along with three other girls. She says the police officer took her head-scarf off by force after slapping her. Security officers swore and spat on them, called them “prostitutes”, and threatened to rape them.

10) A report by Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) on the storming of Salmaniya Hospital by Bahraini forces, accused them of “torture, beating, verbal abuse, humiliation, and threats of rape and killing.”:

One of the armed men with a Saudi accent started shouting anti-Shia insults: “Grave worshippers! Sons of whores! Sons of Muta!”

An officer with a Jodranian accent threatened to rape a patient, named Ali. Ali was previously shot in the face with bird shot.

11) A prisoner in his 60s named Jawad told his family that they were forced to kiss a picture of King Hamad, and another of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia every morning. If they kissed them, their torturers would spit in their mouths; if they didn’t, they would urinate in their mouths.

12) France 24’s reporter Nazeeha Saeed was detained overnight; she was severely tortured, humiliated and insulted by female interrogators accusing her of links with Hizbollah and Iran. One of the interrogators held a plastic bottle and put it against her mouth; “Drink, it’s urine,” she said. Nazeeha knocked the bottle; the interrogator then poured it on her face.

13) Nabeel Rajab said he met another rape victim on June 12th. She was kidnapped, blindfolded, taken to a deserted area, and raped by secret police. She reported this to a police station with no results. This is the second reported case according to Rajab.

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Torture -part 1 “From Guantanamo to Bahrain”

“But the one person from Bahrain who fought for our freedom till the end was Nabeel Rajab from the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights.”

This was part of an interview with Juma Mohammed Al Dossary, a former Guantanamo prisoner from Bahrain, after his release in 2007.

Mohammed Khalid, a pro-gov and Salafist MP, who campaigned for release of the detainees and compensating them, asked in 2005:  “What about the Guantanamo prison, which is out of the sight of all rights and humanitarian organizations, where the matter could be worse than Abu Ghraib or Afghanistan?”. He said that many released prisoners “had talked about being submitted to human suffering and sexual abuse during interrogation”.

 

Some of the torture and abuse described by AlDossary through his lawyer included: religious abuse like cursing and insulting beliefs, being urinated on and spat on by GI’s, being burnt by cigarettes, severe beating while in extreme positions, and being sexually assaulted by female interrogators. The sexual assault was mainly to offend the men or lure them to talk.

Fast forwarding and on the other side of the Atlantic in another island hosting a US base. This is basically some of what’s happening and has been happening in Bahrain for the past 30 years. Joshua Colangelo-Bryan, a lawyer and consultant with HRW, worked with Rajab to secure the release of Bahraini Guantanamo prisoners. He describes how the same Bahraini MPs who gave him a standing ovation rejected HRW’s findings when it came to their citizens’ claims and evidence of torture in Bahraini jails.

MP Mohammed Khalid, who stood firmly with Guantanamo’s detainees on the basis of universality of human rights, was instrumental in igniting sectarian hatred against Shia when protests erupted, and is now in the front-line campaign supporting government’s measures of mass detentions and military courts calling the protesters traitors and Iranian agents and using the most offensive anti-Shia language. Nabeel Rajab, on the other hand, is facing a fierce propaganda campaign in an attempt to discredit him and assassinate his character accusing him of being an Iranian agent.

From a 1997 special report on torture in Bahrain to the UN Human Rights Commission:

“The methods of torture reported include: falaqa (beatings on the soles of the feet); severe beatings, sometimes with hose-pipes; suspension of the limbs in contorted positions accompanied by blows to the body; enforced prolonged standing; sleep deprivation; preventing victims from relieving themselves; immersion in water to the point of near drowning; burnings with cigarettes; piercing the skin with a drill; sexual assault, including the insertion of objects into the penis or anus; threats of execution or of harm to family members; and placing detainees suffering from sickle cell anemia (said to be prevalent in the country) in air-conditioned rooms in the winter, which can lead to injury to internal organs.”

These exact methods are being used now. Since Feb 14, 2011, four people have died in Bahraini prisons as a result of torture. The total number is more than 20 since 1971. Those recently killed in prison were: Hassan Maki, Ali Saqer, Zakaria Al-Asheeri (Journalist), & Kareem Fakhrawi (Businessman). Among the hundreds of prisoners are politicians, MPs, human rights activists, doctors, nurses, students, lawyers, journalists, news photographers, and bloggers. Severe torture and sexual abuse have been widely reported.

In an April 14 Time’s article, Joe Stork, deputy director for the Middle East and North Africa at Human Rights Watch, expressed his concern: “I very much fear there will be more death because there is no transparency in all this,”. He adds: “We’re not seeing where they’re being held, or their names, and it’s these kinds of conditions that make for torture and brutality and death.”

Bush’s administration was in a “war against terrorism”, in which alleged foreign fighters were flown to Guantanamo; the Bahraini Government on the other hand is in a war against its unarmed population. The situation in Bahraini prisons might be way worse than Guantanamo as Obama announced an end to torture. However, as the information in the previous report suggests or rather proves, the US government, along with that of the UK and other countries, is morally and historically responsible for what happened and what’s happening in Bahraini prisons.

On May 16th, NY Times reporter Nick Kristof tweeted: “Our close ally, Bahrain , has a consistent record of using sexual abuse of male and female detainees as a form of torture.”

The next report will deal in more detail with Sexual Abuse in Bahraini prisons. Testimonies of tens of prisoners and detainees will be presented. This is what lies beneath the fake and promoted liberal posture of Bahrain.

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“Arsenal of Tyranny”; the Western Hand in Bahrain

Prior to independence, the British with mercenaries from India helped the royal family crush any popular protest or uprising. Things didn’t change much afterwards; upon independence, Ian Henderson, a ruthless colonial police officer, who previously crushed the Mau Mau Uprising in Kenya, was the Head of Security in Bahrain. He served there for 30 years until his retirement in 1998. In effect, he established the infamous security and intelligence apparatus in Bahrain, and secured the absolute reign of Al Khalifa with his reign of terror. He famously became known as the “Butcher of Bahrain”. He received many royal medals from Bahrain and Britain’s monarchs. After retirement, he now assumes an advisory position to the King, living in his mansion in Bahrain, and traveling freely to the UK and back. The British have dominated the national security agency (secret police) long after independence.

Western governments’ complicity doesn’t stop at this. Bahrain receives annual American military aid; in 2010, it received $19 million in military aid. Since the 90s, Bahrain was given dozens of American tanks, armored personnel carriers, and helicopter gunships. The US also supplied Bahrain with “enough .50 caliber rounds (used in sniper rifles & machine guns) to kill every Bahraini four times over”. Bahrain is also sold relatively large shipments of arms from the US & UK. From 2007 to 2009, the Pentagon sold $386 million in arms to Bahrain. In a 12-month period from October 2009, US arms sales to Bahrain reached more than $200 million. In 2001, the US designated Bahrain a “Major Non-NATO Ally”. Bahrain also participates in joint military exercises with the American Army.

Among the equipment sent to Bahrain from the UK are: CS grenades, smoke ammunition, tear gas/irritant ammunition, tear gas/riot control agents, thunderflashes and other riot control equipment. There are also three fulltime British advisers to the Bahraini police. Relationship gets cozier; King Hamad has donated $149,000 to the Sandhurst military academy and given valuable gifts to many British politicians. Furthermore and from France, Sarkozy’s security adviser, Alain Bauer, has been actively supervising and reorganizing Bahrain’s security forces for the past two years (He also negotiated sending arms to Tunisia the same day Ben Ali fled the country). On top of all that, Bahrain is hiring Western PR companies to polish its stained image; Washington based companies: Qorvis Communications and the Potomac Square Group, along with London’s Bell Pottinger. This campaign also focuses on online activism, the Oslo Freedom Forum’s email along with that of the UN Human Rights Office was targeted by an orchestrated email bombardment of government propaganda.

It should also be noted that more than half of Bahrain’s security forces (estimate is 20,000) are foreigners from Pakistan, Iraq (Saddam’s brigades), Syria & Yemen. Majority of these foreign forces are ex Pakistani soldiers (around 10,000 according to sources) and are mainly from the Baluchistan region. Just a month after protests erupted, 1000 Pakistanis were recruited; tests and interviews were conducted by Bahraini officials and an American instructor. (Can you imagine Iran or Syria hiring soldiers from US ally, Pakistan, with the help of an American instructor to crush their own citizens’ demands?) Also, Pakistan deployed a battalion of the Azad Kashmir Regiment over a year ago in Bahrain to train local troops. This is not to mention training GCC armies and security personnel (who entered Bahrain on March 13th) receive from the UK, US and others.

In Bahrain, the issue also has an ugly sectarian face. The government has been keenly trying to alter the demography through political naturalization of Sunnis from other nations. Active discrimination against Shiites in Government posts, military, and security apparatus is well noted. The government has also stirred and ignited sectarianism and hate against Shia even before the events. When protests erupted with majority Shia participation and notable Sunni presence, the government took its witch hunt against Shia to another level. The policy of Dividing the society and targeting the Shia became key to government’s media propaganda espeically accusing them of being agents of Iran. In the first few days of protests, NYTimes reporter, Michael Slackman was caught by security forces, and when he pulled out his passport in fear, an officer responded: “Don’t worry! We love Americans! We’re not after you. We’re after Shia”. When martial law was announced by the King, crushing the Shiite population was the clear aim; security forces and thugs targeted their villages, mosques, cars, children, women, doctors, nurses, activists, bloggers, journalists, workers, etc. Sectarian language was often blatantly used against them without reservation. Patrick Cockburn of the Independent has summed it up quite eloquently in his article: “Bahrain is trying to drown the protests in Shia blood”.

The US Administration’s rhetoric is as confusing as it was in all Arab uprisings. Hillary Clinton’s support to the government and yet asserting a peaceful solution, and then, Obama’s sweet-talk to the Arab people including the Bahrainis are just mere “bla bla bla”. In a US Embassy cable from Manama, the American official asserts “Bahrain’s national security strategy rests squarely on the presence here of NAVCENT/Fifth Fleet headquarters and Bahrain’s close security partnership with the U.S.  Unlike its Gulf neighbors, Bahrain does not enjoy the kind of oil revenues that might enable it to buy advanced weaponry on its own.” From all the above, talking like they have no leverage in the situation, the US administration can’t really fool anyone.

All of the above mainly dealt with arming and training security forces and armies, without mentioning the economic ties and the shady deals. The protesters in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen and Bahrain were injured, tortured, or killed by brutal security forces trained and armed, not by China or Russia, but by the United States, United Kingdom, France and other nations in the “Free World”. From the different attitudes and double-standards and measures employed by the West, the Arab public is entitled to doubt the hypocritical sweet-talk, and the real aim behind NATO’s airstrikes on Libya. It must be stressed here that a significant number of citizens in western countries oppose this charade, and many activists, journalists, NGOs and Western Human Rights Organizations have been very vocal about exposing the atrocities and the western hand in it; and for that, the Arab World, and Bahrainis are thankful.

During World War II and before US entry to the war, American President, Roosevelt in a famous radio address, stressed on the importance of maintaining military assistance to Britain and France, and called the American Arms and expertise, “The Arsenal of Democracy”. Unfortunately MR. FDR and kind people of America, it has become “The Arsenal of Tyranny”.

Historical and Political Background:

Bahrain’s strategic location and later prosperity due to the Pearl trade made it an eye-catching prey for invaders and conquerors. Since the 16th century, Bahrain was invaded or ruled directly or by proxy by the Portuguese, the Persian Savavids, the Omanis, the AlSauds, the British, and Huala and Arab tribes from surrounding areas. Al Khalifa’s rule started with Ahmed the “Conqueror”. The British dominance over Bahrain started in the 1800s. As a result, the first major unrest took place in 1892, and was crushed by the Brits. In almost every decade following that, there was a major uprising demanding independence and social and economic justice. In 1970, after Iran’s Shah claimed that Bahrain historically belonged to Iran, a UN referendum took place and Bahrainis, with an overwhelming majority, voted for an independent state. Bahrain gained its independence in 1971. In 1973, a national assembly with only consulting powers was established where two thirds of its members were elected. Some controversial issues were the US Fifth Fleet and the budget. However, the most troublesome issue was a State Security law decreed by Shaikh Isa; which allowed the state to detain citizens up to 3 years (renewable) without trial. The assembly fiercely rejected the law; and Shaikh dissolved the assembly in 1975, and another era of unrest and state brutality started. Succeeding him in 1999, his son Shaikh Hamad made many promises on turning Bahrain to a constitutional monarchy. However, promises were broken; and the same problems (corruption, discrimination, torture, political naturalization, etc) remained. It reached a tipping point in February 2011, with the Pearl Uprising inspired by events in Egypt, Tunisia and elsewhere. The main focus for protesters was the prime minister, the King’s uncle, who’s the longest serving prime minister in the world (40 years).

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2006 Lebanese-Israeli War; 14 March & 34 Days of High Treason!

The 2006 Lebanese Israeli war was one of the longest Arab Israeli wars in the past 70 years. As a response to Hizbollah fighters abducting two Israeli soldiers for prisoner swap, Israel waged a 34 day war; enforcing a sea and air blockade on Lebanon, destroying bridges and infrastructure, targeting factories and farms, spraying the south with 1.2 million cluster bombs, causing the worst oil spill in the Mediterranean Sea, destroying more than 10,000 homes, killing 1,300 Lebanese civilians (1/3 of which were children under age of 13) and wounding 4500, and killing around 50 Lebanese soldiers (in targeted airstrikes) and wounding 100. The internal division in Lebanon is no secret; it’s been there since independence. However, it’s one thing to call for disarming Hizbollah, or even blaming it for the war (although it gives the enemy an implicit justification), and it’s another to incite war, ask for more destruction or invasion of villages, call for an extension of hostilities, or even invite another war against your own country. The latter is simply and universally called High Treason. March14 politicians’ impertinence towards the Lebanese people and the extent to which they became mere American/Israeli pawns is staggering, and even the American Ambassador appeared amused recounting the baldness of their statements. In the past 2 years, Lebanese Intelligence has arrested tens of Israeli agents in Security Forces, Army, and Telecommunications Companies, as well as ground spies. This is about the American/Israeli Agents in the political elite, who, because of Lebanon’s confessional/sectarian nature, don’t get arrested! In 1996’s Grapes of Wrath Israeli operation, PM Rafiq Al AlHariri used his extensive connections worldwide to reach a ceasefire and stop the Israeli bloodshed; he legitimized the Resistance internationally in what came to be known as the April Understanding Agreement, to spare Lebanese civilians’ lives. It’s a disgrace that those pawns claim to be his followers!

CHARGES:

1-    Conspiring with a foreign nation to wage war against Lebanon.

2-    Asking a foreign nation to prolong its hostilities against Lebanon.

3-    Asking a foreign nation to occupy parts of Lebanon.

4-    Asking a foreign nation to cause more destruction in Lebanon and to target civilians of a certain religious group.

5-    Giving inside information to a foreign nation in a time of war.

6-    Conspiring to keep the Lebanese Army weak in order to satisfy a foreign nation.

7-    Conspiring against the resistance mentioned in Government Declarations and Taif Protocol.

8-    Ultimately causing the death and injury of thousands of civilians and army personnel.

This is not to mention the billions they stole from the treasury.

 


American Ambassador Jeffrey Feltman; now Assistant to State Secretary

Below is a timeline of their talks with the American Ambassador in Beirut and other American officials. Also, parts of cables from other capitals are shown. The sentences in bald are taken as-is from the cables. You can find references to the full cables below.

You can also find background to this conflict, both historically and politically at the end of this article/report.

 

7/13/2006

– A day after the abduction, Fares Souaid was highlighting the dangers of letting Hizbollah get away with it. The Christian politician couldn’t help but view the conflict in Sunni-Shiite terms.

Fares Suaid, 14March coordinator & political stooge

He said that if Nasrallah gets away with his dangerous gambit, the Shia could well be perceived as the new “defender of the Arab cause,” (1)

 

 

 

 

7/17/2006

– 5 days after the war began, a meeting in UN envoy Terje Roed-Larsen’s hotel room with UNSYG Personal Representative to Lebanon Geir Pederson and the American Ambassador, stormed later on by Jumblatt and Minister Hamadeh. This meeting highlights how high UN officials and Lebanese politicians were complicit in the war, and were both encouraging an Israeli ground invasion. While their country is being destroyed, Jumblatt, and Hamadeh were ecstatic and asked for more, celebrating with fine booze.

Mid-way through the meeting three visitors arrived at Larsen’s room unannounced. Druze leader Walid Jumblatt, Minister of Telecommunications Marwan Hamadeh, and Minister of Information Ghazi Aridi entered the room in good humor and indulged in generous orders to room service with the others present.

The cable subtitle then says “INVADE MY COUNTRY”

Walid Jumblatt, Druze leader, ex-warlord & controversial politician

Over a glass of red wine, a large bottle of vodka (the quality of which sparked a long exchange between Jumblatt and the startled room service waiter), and three bottles of Corona beer, Jumblatt gave a briefing on the thinking of the March 14 coalition

Jumblatt explained that although March 14 must call for a cease-fire in public, it is hoping that Israel continues its military operations until it destroys Hizballah’s military capabilities. “If there is a cease-fire now, Hizballah wins,” said Jumblatt.

 

Marwan Hmadeh, Communications Minister

“We don’t want it to stop,” Hamadeh chimed in.

Hamadeh said that an Israeli invasion would give Siniora more ammunition to deal with Hizballah’s arms.

 

 

 

UN envoy Terje Roed-Larsen

“After finishing their room service, Jumblatt and company departed. Pederson, now back at the meeting said he thought Israel might launch a ground incursion into southern Lebanon. Larsen agreed, noting that much could be achieved if Israel invades southern Lebanon. “No one wants the status quo ante,” said Larsen.

 

 

UNSYG Personal Representative to Lebanon Geir Pederson

Pederson sensed Hizballah was getting nervous. “They called me several times today; they seem desperate,” Pederson said. (2)

It should be noted, that 5 UN Soldiers (UNIFIL) were killed and many were injured as a result of the heavy Israeli shelling and airstrikes in Southern Lebanon.

 

 

7/18/2006

– French Ambassador Bernard Emie met the American Ambassador, Feltman. He seemed way more concerned about the impact of the damage and deaths especially in Army forces and civilians than 14March politicians:

Emie: the “March 14” coalition led by Saad Hariri appears to want Israel to “do the dirty work” (3)

7/25/2006

– In the midst of the Israeli war, King Abdullah of Jordan was in perfect sync with the Americans & Israelis, and even a step ahead. This shows to what extent some Arabs are willing to help advance their masters’ plans.

Jordanian King Abdullah II

King Abdullah expressed understanding for Israel’s situation and its desire to “take down” Hizballah

he supported creation of a multinational force prepared to take on and fight Hizballah and would support that idea in Rome

the King pledged to work closely with us and support that effort, but said it was important that process not appear to be simply U.S.-driven. Such an appearance would create suspicion that we were all working off an Israeli agenda. (4)

7/25/2006

– Almost two weeks into the war Murr was disappointed the Israeli Army was losing, and was complaining about his ally Saad Hariri using Christians and Druze against Hizbollah.

Elias Murr, Defense Minister & son of corrupt businessman & Interior Minister for 10 years Michel Murr

He complains about poor Israeli military performance: “The IDF put us in a difficult situation”

Then, he was speaking of Hariri’s stance against Hizbollah: “the problem with the Sunna, they want to fuck with the dick of others” (5)

 

 

 

7/25/2006

– Geagea meets Feltman. Counting on Israeli attacks to weaken Hizbollah, he also wants to use the destruction caused by his Israeli friends to turn people against Hizbollah.

Samir Geagea, militiaman-cum-convict-cum-politician,head of Lebanese Forces militia-cum-party

Geagea: key to dismantling Hizballah as a military force was in making it an “internal problem,” that is, make it clear to the Lebanese people that Hizballah is the threat that caused so much destruction to their country. The resulting political pressure, along with a steady degradation of its capability by IDF, is the only path to its disarmament. (6)

 

 

 

7/29/2006

– Hamadeh, a big shot wannabe, expresses his condescending view of Southern Lebanese fleeing the war to the American Ambassador while flattering himself over his position in cabinet meetings filling his master, Feltman, of details of these meetings.

Hamadeh advised Hariri not to return to Lebanon at this time. “I told him that he would be met at Qoraytem by 20,000 refugees begging for food,” (7)

07/31/2006

– Cable from Cairo describing the mounting anger in Egypt. This and other cables demonstrate how Arab public opinion is monitored, and any attempts at unity are described thoroughly.

The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood (MB) issued a statement on July 29 entitled, “”The MB Stand Towards the Resistance,”” in which the Sunni organization declares its support of the Shi’a Hizbullah.

..demonstrations in support of Lebanon and against Israel have become near daily occurrences in Cairo since Israeli military operations began.

The MB Statement: “the MB views the Ja’fari Shiites as a Muslim sect …. there is a certain degree of differences in ideas and views concerning historic events. However, these differences and views do not necessarily make them depart from Islam.”” It goes on to criticize “”those who are advocating that Hizbullah should not be supported because of its Shiite affiliation,”” and asserts that, “”helping the resistance in Lebanon, represented by Hizbullah, is a duty, because they are Arabs and Muslims who are resisting injustice and occupation.” (8)

8/1/2006

– Aoun, head of the largest Christian bloc, asserts his support for the resistance to Feltman

General Michel Aoun, head of Free Patriotic Movement

Aoun said that as long as the fighting continued, all of Lebanon must rally behind the force engaged with the Israelis. (9)

 

 

 

 

8/1/2006

– MP Harb met Feltman. Cable title says: “MP BOUTROS HARB: NASRALLAH CANNOT BECOME REGION’S RAMBO”. Being more Zionist than Israelis, Harb was very concerned about Israel’s standing in the region and its forces’ reputation as an invincible army. He then recommends occupation of certain towns in the South.

Boutrus Harb, feudal politician & wannabe president

Harb: This may give an impression to the Arab world that Israel is vulnerable may result in a “new region” in which Israel’s existence is not secure.

Harb: ..if Israel cannot weaken Hizballah, then how will Israel face Hamas and future anti-Israeli regimes that will inevitably emerge.

He recommended that a strong Israeli advance that completely controls the Hizballah strongholds of Maroun El Ras and Bint Jbeil (10)

8/1/2006

– A cable from Riyadh. Again, this shows how Arab sentiments, especially along sectarian lines, are monitored closely. Conventional Wahhabism views Shia, Sufis and other Muslims as heretics and infidels, and opinions of clerks in Saudi Arabia do matter when it comes to Shiites fighting Israel.

On July 17, prominent Wahhabi Sheikh Abdullah bin Jabreen issued an advisory opinion, reported as a fatwa declaring it impermissible for Muslims to support Hizballah in any manner, including through prayers.

In contrast, another prominent conservative religious scholar, Salman al-Oudah, issued an advisory opinion July 22, also reported as a fatwa, that emphasized the need for Shi’a and Sunnis to unite against Israeli aggression.(11)

8/1/2006

– Hamadeh, Feltman’s loyal servant and the person he met the most during the war, wants to use the tribunal to try Hariri’s murderers as a means to silence Syria during the war; further proof that the tribunal was set up for mere political goals.

For Hamadeh, now is the time to pass a resolution to establish the tribunal, as this would serve to “keep Syria quiet” on the current Lebanese-Israeli conflict (12)

08/03/2006

– A group of young 14March figures in Media and business met with Feltman. Among them was current MP Naila Tueni and daughter of assassinated MP Joubran Tueni; massacres didn’t seem to bother her at all. They were more moderate than their leaders; however, were disappointed that Israel is losing the war and wanted it to do more in terms of ground invasion. It seems they didn’t learn the history of 1982’s bloody invasion!

 These educated, Christian professionals describe Hassan Nasrallah as a man of vision, commitment, and leadership.

After over three weeks of fighting, the group is disappointed with what Abu Samra calls Israel’s military unwillingness to fully commit itself to its political goals. Israel wants to disarm Hizballah, but is not ready to make the massive ground incursion that is needed to do so. In their view, it is evident that Israel is losing this war because large numbers of rockets are still being fired into Israel, no villages in the south have been really taken by IDF, and Hizballah is winning the media battle.

Chaer reminded the group that Nasrallah promised that his weapons were only to resist Israeli aggression and not to be used against other Lebanese. Thus far his words have held true.

The gathering was held before the Israeli bombing attacks against bridges along the coastal road in heavily Christian areas of Mount Lebanon. (13)

8/3/2006

– Nassib Lahoud met Feltman offering advice and insider info on damage inflicted against Hizbollah

Nassib Lahoud, president wannabe & head of a party with no popular base

Despite the damage inflicted on his country, he expressed his hope that IDF’s continuing
operations would materially degrade Hizballah’s military strength. (14)

 

 

 

 

8/6/2006

– Jumblatt and Hmadeh meet Feltman and David Welch, Assistant Secretary of State. Jumblatt expressed his frustration that Israel is losing the war, and concern over its status in the region. Hmadeh, on the other hand, was more optimistic and called for more destruction in Shiite areas, and occupation of their villages, to make them submit.

Jumblatt expressed regret that, in his view, Israel failed to assess Hizballah’s operations on the ground…In addition, there is a new generation of Israeli soldiers that are not as driven and motivated as their predecessors. He thinks this was illustrated in the past weeks of fighting and warns that it is dangerous for Israel and the region for this to be revealed.

Hmadeh: more destruction and occupation of the Shia south might be needed

 Hamade suggested that the occupation of villages would be blow to Hizballah

Hamade agreed with the assessment and added that the Shia are weak. All of the Shia from the south, except for two villages, have been displaced.

Hmadeh:  pressure on the Shia should continue

Jumblatt added that Syria will loose face if Lebanese territory is occupied (15)

8/7/2006

– A week before the end of the war, a group of 14March Christian politicians met with their masters Feltman and Welch. They wanted to give Israel more time to finish the job, and expressed their attitudes towards the refugees from the south.

Boutros Harb: if we are convinced that Israel can finish the job, then we can allow a few more weeks

Naila Moawad, Minister of Social Services & widow of assassinated President Rene Moawad

Quite ironically Nayla Moawad, who happens to be Minister of Social Services, was upset about presence of Shia refugees in the North: It’s harder to control them in the cities than in their towns soon I’ll have to wear a chador just to go down into Beirut (16)

It’s worth to note here that after the war, Moawad launched a private relief campaign in the US showing the destruction in the South; however, none of the refugees, orphans, or injured saw a dime.

 

8/8/2006

-Defense Minister Murr met with Ambassador filling him in, and proudly told him, he was intercepting weapons on behalf of Israel.

Elias Al Murr claimed that three days ago the LAF successfully interdicted a Hizballah-bound container of rockets and impounded them in the Ministry of Defense, refusing to release them to Hizballah. (17)

8/12/2006

– Hariri finally comes back to Lebanon 2 days before the end of the war and boosts himself as an advisor in regional affairs (treating the tribunal as a political tool) and a powerful politician who will topple the president, and the Army Chief (current President).

Saad Hariri, son of Late PM Rafiq Hariri, Billionaire & head of 14March coalition

he intends to push anew for the ouster of President Emile Lahoud and senior Lebanese army officials, including LAF chief Michel Sleiman.

On Iran, he urged that we secure a tough new Security Council resolution on the nuclear program in early September. On Syria, he pressed for the quick establishment of an international tribunal to try those suspected in his father’s assassination. (18)

 

 

8/21/2006

– A week after the end of the war, Saad was really pissed. Feltman couldn’t deal with the combination of disappointment and maybe some alcohol or drugs. The army, to Hariri, is like the security forces which he controls, a political tool, and not an institution to defend the people, particularly those in the south.

Locked away in his palace, ‘Sheikh Saad’ was in an erratic mood

But once the army has “some teeth and some morale,” Saad urged, then he promises to “smack Hizballah down.” Growing more strident (and clearly hoping to be recorded verbatim), Saad assured the Ambassador, “Give me a chance, and I will fuck Hizballah.” (19)

3/21/2007

– Cable from Tel Aviv. US Ambassador meets Israeli Transportation Minister Mofaz asking him for permission to give the Lebanese Army very basic military equipment.

The Ambassador noted that the U.S. wants to provide military equipment to the LAF, and that equipment lists have been provided to the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office and the MOD for review. He said that the list includes encrypted radios, night-vision goggles (NVGs), and anti-tank weapons that are less capable than those already possessed by the LAF.

The Ambassador urged that Israel agree to allow this equipment to be turned over to the LAF (20)

Please find following cables which provide further proof that Israel has absolute veto over any piece of arms given to the Lebanese Army, which again raises this puzzling question, how can the Lebanese Army defend Lebanon with night-vision goggles and thus eliminate the need for Hizbollah? http://www.al-akhbar.com/node/9097 http://www.al-akhbar.com/node/9098http://www.al-akhbar.com/node/9099http://www.al-akhbar.com/node/9100

04/10/2008

– Murr meets American Ambassador and expresses his wishes for an Israeli war & gives military advice disguising it in diplomatic talk.

He said: they (Hizballah) are scared, terrorized. They know the Israelis will not lose again.

Murr predicted that Hizballah’s war with Israel will not be like 2006 and that the fight in the Beka’a Valley will be very different. Saying that Israel paid the price by fighting in the villages in 2006, Murr harbors no illusion that they will not get bogged down in the village a second time. Instead, Murr thinks they will bypass strongholds in villages and pursue the main forces, the rockets.

Murr told us that Israel would do well to avoid two things when it comes for Hizballah….. Israel cannot bomb bridges and infrastructure in the Christian areas. The Christians were supporting Israel in 2006 until they started bombing their bridges. If Israel has to bomb all of these places in the Shia areas as a matter of operational concern, that is Hizballah’s problem.

Murr is trying to ascertain how long an offensive would be required to clean out Hizballah in the Beka’a. The LAF will move to pre-position food, money, and water with these units so they can stay on their bases when Israel comes for Hizballah–discreetly, Murr added.

American Ambassador then concludes: we have not seen indications that validate Murr’s concern that an Israeli offensive might be imminent  (21)

What the Ambassador is basically saying at the end, is that Murr is expressing a wish rather than a prediction. Americans know before anyone else that Israel wasn’t ready for another war that could be lost.

5/9/2008

-It seems Geagea, head of the Lebanese Forces Party, was longing for his militia days. He’s been training fighters since he got out of jail, waiting for the right time to do what he does best, killing his fellow citizens!

Geagea said he wanted to make sure Washington knows he has between 7,000 and 10,000 well-trained Lebanese Forces fighters who could be mobilized. “We can fight against Hizballah,” he stated with confidence, adding, “We just need your support to get arms for these fighters.” (22)

It’s important to note that Geagea was convicted of murdering Prime Minister Rashid Karami in the 80s. He’s also accused of assassinating Christian rivals, clergymen and army officers. His Israeli-aligned militia was notorious for its crimes, especially Sabra and Shateela massacres where more than 3,000 Palestinian civilians were slaughtered under the protection and guidance of Israeli forces.

12/22/2008

– Defence Minister Murr meets his master Ambassador Mrs. Sison. She orders him to refute a statement that was misunderstood. He explains in length that he refused very valuable Russian gifts (no strings attached) to the Lebanese army, and promises to turn down an offer to give Lebanon free fighter jets (Lebanon has none), but would like to use it as propaganda against Hizbollah for now. He was afraid the Russians would see him as a “traitor” to his country, and an American pawn! Quite astonishing! A helpless servant is an understatement!

Explaining that his negative remarks on international military assistance made from Moscow were directed against the French (and not the USG), Murr agreed to make a positive statement on U.S. support for the LAF during a Future TV interview scheduled to air later the same day.

In a December 22 meeting with the Ambassador, Defense Minister Elias Murr struggled to explain that the Russians “surprised” him with a grant aid offer of 77 free T-72 or T-90 tanks and 130 mm mortars, among other equipment, to which he reportedly declined and made the “completely unrealistic” counteroffer to receive MiG-29 fighter aircraft. After the Russian Defense Minister “trapped” Murr by agreeing to provide ten MiG-29s, Murr said he had “no choice” but to thank the Russians. Murr stated that he intended to delay the process during 2009 through a series of MiG-29 assessments, commencing before the spring 2009 parliamentary elections, to study the Lebanese Armed Forces’ (LAF) ability to pay for the associated costs. Murr said he would ultimately reject the offer, after using it to bolster President Michel Sleiman.

Murr said his counterpart handed him a six-page document, in Arabic, outlining a “gift to the LAF.” Murr said the list included 77 T-72 tanks (which he later referred to as T-90 tanks — it is unclear which was actually offered), 130mm mortars, and 50 thousand rounds each for the tanks and the mortars.

Noting that he alone had read the document, Murr said that he passed the list back to his counterpart, thanking him. Murr said he also indicated that the LAF no longer needed what had been offered.

According to Murr, the Russian Defense Minister was angry, and retorted, “What is it that you need?” Murr explained (at great length and detail) to the Ambassador that he drummed up what he thought was a most unrealistic request in order to save face, and responded, “MiG fighter aircraft.”

the Russian Defense Minister returned and declared that Russia would give Lebanon 10 MiG-29s, free of charge

Murr argued at length that he had no choice but to accept the offer, because if he rejected both the offer of T-72s/T-90s and the MiG-29s, he would be accused of being a “traitor to Lebanon and a pawn to the U.S.”

He said succinctly, “The MiGs are the best tool to fuck up Hizballah, even without possessing them, at the National Dialogue table.”

While U.S. public statements would highlight strong international support for Lebanon and the LAF, the stated aim of an MiG-29 acquisition — counterterror efforts focused on the Palestinian camps — did not make sense.

Murr claimed to the Ambassador that he planned to nominate an LAF Air Force Brigadier General, that would ultimately conclude that the offer is not financially feasible for Lebanon.

Murr: “I will dilute this.” (23)

Always claiming they want to empower the army and that they want it to defend Lebanon, 14 March politicians proved they are just pathetic Israeli/American pawns at the end of the day.

12/23/2008

– The Americans continued to work in light and dark to ensure those fighter jets never reached Lebanon, although 10 of them wouldn’t tip the balance between the LAF and Israeli army.

NEA Deputy Assistant Secretary David Hale “pointed out that the Russian deal raised many questions, not only about the LAF capability to use, maintain, and finance the long-term costs of the Russian equipment, but also about Lebanon’s intentions, particularly toward Israel.”

“We have registered opposition clearly in private, and will continue to work behind-the-scenes to ensure that the LAF’s assessment concludes (probably after the Spring elections) that the the LAF neither needs the MiGs, nor can afford the maintenance costs, giving the GOL a graceful way to decline the Russian offer. (24)

2/26/2009

– A few months later, Murr still doesn’t know how to reject such a generous deal without embracing himself.

Murr stressed that he wants the Russian offer to “disappear” (25)

4/6/2009

– Priding himself, Defence Minister asserted to his master that he wouldn’t accept fighter jets, not in 30 years. Can you clap your hands for such patriotism?

Murr said he had already begun hinting to the Russians that he did not want the fighter aircraft. He reiterated to the Ambassador that Lebanon would not be accepting the MiG-29s for a long time, “not before 2040!” he stressed. (26)

Historical Context: Isreali activity in Lebanon predates 1948; renowned Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Dayan was an undercover spy in Lebanon then. In 1948, Israel committed a number of massacres, including the Salha Mosque massacre and occupied and ethnically cleansed seven villages (which are now part of Israel). As a result of the mass ethnic cleansing in Palestine, a large number of refugees poured into Lebanon. With Lebanon’s weak army and lack of interest in protecting civilians in the south, Israeli settlers and soldiers crossed the border freely and in 1949 committed the first Houla Massacre where houses were destroyed over people’s heads. In 1967, Israeli forces killed 5 women in Houla’s second Massacre, and invaded Haneen village killing the residents with axes, stealing their possessions, and burning the houses. In November 2nd1969, Yasser Arafat and Lebanese Army commander reached what was known as the Cairo Agreement, which establishes principles under which Palestinian militant activity against Israel is allowed. After Jordan’s Black September, an influx of refugees and militants entered Lebanon. The south officially became a Palestinian base, where Lebanese civilians were caught between PLO’s control in the south and Israel’s attacks on their villages, with Lebanese Army out of the scene. In 1974, Israeli forces invaded Yareen where they destroyed 17 houses and killed 9 civilians. In 1975, Israeli forces killed 9 children in Aitaroon, and in 1976, Isreali forces bombed the local Thursday Market in Bent Jbeil killing 23. In 1975, the Lebanese civil war broke between the PLO and communist, leftist & nationalist Lebanese militias on one side and the right wing Christiaan militias on the other; Syrian army entered on the Christian militia’s request to help fight off the Palestenians. Amal as the first Shiite movement was formed, it was known as the movement of the deprived, in reference to the poverty and lack of development in Shiite areas. It’s leader Mousa AlSadr wanted an end to the Civil War. Amal wasn’t involved in the civil war or any resistance activities against Israel then. In 1978, Israel invaded Southern Lebanon committing a score of massacres in Rashayya, Kawneen, & AlAbbasiaya. Israel established the Southern Lebanon Army as a proxy militia to control the area south of Laitani River. Later in 1978, Musa AlSadr disappeared while on an official trip in Libya. In 1980, Amal entered the civil war. In 1982, Bashir Jmayel, head of Lebanese Forces, most powerful Christian militia, invited Israeli troops to invade Lebanon to get rid of the PLO. Israel invades, killing more than 17,000 people and occupying Beirut, and Jmayel becomes president. Young religious men and clerks break from Amal and form Hizbollah, with Iranian backing, with an aim to liberate Southern Lebanon. In the following years, Hizbollah along with other leftist and nationalist movements kept attacking Israeli forces and its proxy militia leading to Israeli withdrawals. In 1989, the Taif agreement was signed marking the end of the Civil War and all Lebanese militias were disarmed, except Hizbollah to stay as a resistance group against the Israeli Occupation. Major Israeli offences took place in 1993 and 1996 committing Qana’s first massacre. In 2000, as a result of continued losses, Israel withdrew from Southern Lebanon keeping Kafr Shouba Hills and Shebaa farms under it’s control. On several occasions from 1982 onwards, Hizbollah kidnapped Israeli soldiers or took their bodies to swap them with Lebanese prisoners and bodies.

Political Context: In 2004, objection to re-electing president, Emile Lahoud rose, and Syrian presence in Lebanon was being questioned by many factions. USA and France seized the opportunity and UN resolution 1559 was issued asking Syrian troops to leave, and militias to be disarmed in a reference to Hizbollah (it was later used by Israel in the war). Syria took some steps to comply with the resolution without fully withdrawing. On February 14, 2005, Rafiq AlHariri was assassinated and international and popular Lebanese pressure on Syria mounted leading to its withdrawal. This led to the return of exiled Chrisitan Army General Michel Aoun, and the release of Christian militiaman Samir Geagea. It resulted in new political alliances; a wide pro-American anti-Syrian alliance was born. It was called March14 after the grand anti-Syrian protest in that day; however, Aoun, whose popular base was active in that protest didn’t join the alliance. March14 was composed of unlikely alliances of factions ranging from extreme left to extreme right, who had a history of long conflicts militarily and politically. In the elections that followed, March14 were in alliance with Shiite parties Amal and Hizbollah. March14 announced their support for the resistance; and Walid Joumblat, Druze Leader, reached as far as calling for the liberation Jerusalem. The alliance won and a government was formed from this alliance, plus ministers appointed by president Lahoud, who later deserted him and joined the March 14 giving them absolute majority in the government. Government’s declaration included a mention of a popular resistance against Israel as a defense strategy, in a reference to Hizbollah. Assassinations against 14 March figures continued, and they continued to blame Syria. A UN investigation team was set up which initially accused Syria, and four Lebanese generals (heads of Security) in Lebanon and put them in Jail (they were released in 2009 due to lack of evidence). American coordination with March 14 politicians was blatant. American Ambassador Jeffrey Feltman has become the strong man behind the coalition. US Cables reveal how Feltman was the real coordinator between 14 March politicians; they used to complain about each other to him, give inside information and boost their political value in their private meetings.  The tension on many issues in Lebanon increased until 2006; many March 14 figures began to raise their voices against Hizbollah’s arms. Hizbollah signs a communiqué or a statement of mutual understanding that covers all points of internal conflict with General Michel Aoun, who holds the Christian majority in the parliament. A dialogue table in Parliament was established by speaker Nabih Berri.  Agreements have been reached on some issues, pending an agreement on remaining issues, including Hizbollah’s arms. Hizbollah fighters kidnap two Israeli soldiers, and ask for negotiation for a prisoner swap deal. Israel wages a 33-day full-scale war on Lebanon killing more than 1300 civilians, and destroying tens of thousands of houses and buildings, and spraying the south with more than 1.2 million cluster bombs that kill people to this day. The war had special American backing; Secretary Rice blocked any attempt to stop it before objectives were met, and to the US, it meant a “New Middle East”. Objectives couldn’t be met with Israelis failing to invade, and the war came to a stop with UN Resolution 1701. Hizbollah secretary general, Nasrallah, said that Hizbollah wouldn’t have launched the abduction operation had they expected such a response; and later, it was revealed that Israel had been planning such war to destroy Hizbollah for some time, and the incident hastened it.

(1)    http://www.al-akhbar.com/node/6740

(2)    http://www.al-akhbar.com/node/6742

(3)    http://www.al-akhbar.com/node/6482

(4)   http://www.al-akhbar.com/node/6964

(5)   http://www.al-akhbar.com/node/6855

(6)   http://www.al-akhbar.com/node/6855

(7)   http://www.al-akhbar.com/node/6745

(8)   http://www.al-akhbar.com/node/7342

(9)   http://www.al-akhbar.com/node/6636

 (10)  http://www.al-akhbar.com/node/6637

(11) http://www.al-akhbar.com/node/7199

(12) http://www.al-akhbar.com/node/6857

(13) http://www.al-akhbar.com/node/6859

(14) http://www.al-akhbar.com/node/7446

(15) http://www.al-akhbar.com/node/7090

(16) http://www.al-akhbar.com/node/6958

(17) http://www.al-akhbar.com/node/6959

(18) http://www.al-akhbar.com/node/6640

(19) http://www.al-akhbar.com/node/7574

(20) http://www.al-akhbar.com/node/9096

(21) http://newsgroups.derkeiler.com/Archive/Soc/soc.culture.lebanon/2010-12/msg00012.html

(22) http://www.al-akhbar.com/node/8426

(23) http://www.al-akhbar.com/node/8999

(24) http://www.al-akhbar.com/node/9000

(25) http://www.al-akhbar.com/node/9004

(26) http://www.al-akhbar.com/node/9005

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Arab Ruling Elite and the Detachment from Reality & History

Watching what’s happening across the Arab World; it’s really simple-minded to call it a spreading virus. This is a change in consciousness; and these changes can be identified clearly throughout history. The Information age has provided a perfect vessel for an accelerating change in thought and awareness the Arab World & the World in general is experiencing. Almost all Arab countries are kingdoms of one sort or the other; even those disguised as republics. Even the so-called democracies, Iraq & Lebanon are in a way confederations of sectarian kingdoms. Witnessing how the ruling elite are reacting to these sudden changes is mesmerizing; the revelation being shown to the whole world is that the simple men & women in the street appear to be more modern and more human than their medieval rulers and the stereotypes built over the years. The Arab street is not only revolting against rulers; it’s also revolting against fixed ideologies and doctrines. This process, as in any shift in consciousness, will of course take time to materialize and stabilize. The current motion in the Arab Street is not driven by hunger, or for better economic status, it’s for dignity Period.

There has always been this fascination with royalty & aristocracy; from Children’s fairy tales & Disney movies, to Shakespeare’s novels & modern-day tabloids. Some of Europe’s royalty & aristocracy are as old as the 11th & 12th centuries; they managed to survive domestic turmoil and full-scale wars across centuries. Survival mechanisms included: oppression and pragmatism on the domestic scale; and building powerful & united independent nations militarily, scientifically & economically. Royal families that couldn’t sustain this simply faded away like the House of Bourbon in France, the Romanovs in Russia, & the Habsburgs in Austria & Hungary. 500 years ago, Europe picked up the torch of human consciousness left by the Arabs; and the surviving royal families learnt to adapt with the rapid changes in that developing human consciousness. Royal families relinquished their executive powers little by little in the past 200 years. Through vast wealth accumulated and robust connections with the high echelons of society, with limited but valuable constitutional powers, the ceremonial status didn’t stop Royalty from influencing events behind the curtains and defining the bold lines of recent history. This alleviated discontent and criticism and at the same time provided people with freedom of speech and a satisfactory margin of influence, which consequently guaranteed stability and prosperity for their countries. Even in the US, there are a number of families that had great influence and power for decades, and still do.

Anyone watching the events in the past 3 months can easily conclude that the Arab ruling elite are out-dated and completely out-of-touch with reality. It’s not only the autocrats who suffer from narcissistic personality disorder but also their families and the elite surrounding them with few exceptions of course. There are many differences between Europe’s 17-18-19th century autocrats & those in the Arab World today. One main difference is Arabs ruling elite’s dependence on the west, politically, economically or militarily or a combination of which. Another one that follows is lack of interest in building powerful nations (Arab World spends fractions of what other countries spend on R&D, while spending billions on internal security, other than the billions stashed in foreign banks). Therefore, the citizen is deprived of a proud patriotic feeling, and at the same time treated as a subject with little freedoms. Another difference is lack of pragmatism, to actually provide the people with meaningful reforms in the right time that could calm the street. The notion that “my country is not like that country” really tells a lot of how the ruling elite are in extreme denial. Many of those revolutions could’ve been avoided easily, had the rulers carried out simple reforms that would only limit the mounting levels of corruption, and allow some freedom and participation. However, the lesson doesn’t seem to get across. The God-like status of those ruling elite doesn’t seem to allow them to relinquish any of their “Godly” powers. I remember a few years ago, I was astonished to see Ala’a Mubarak reading a poem in an NDP forum, where he simply replaced God with his father in one of Quran’s most recited verses that defines monotheism in Islam; only difference was God in Islam bears no children, while Mubarak has children, with God-complex obviously.

What’s also interesting is that King in Arabic is derived from the Arabic word “to own”; and this is exactly how it’s perceived: Ownership. And exactly like a child who thinks he can smash his toy, the ruling elite are willing to destroy their countries by any means necessary just to retain power or some of it rather than actually offer compromise that would render them “weak”. Nothing can be more applicable here than “Power corrupts, & absolute power corrupts absolutely”. Here are some of the examples of how the Ruling Elite don’t have the will, the capacity, or even the mere apprehension of what’s going on down there; and only seem to draw more anger at them:

1-      After some figures signed petitions to push for more democratic reforms, a female ruling elite figure threatened her citizens that there will be civil war & said she wishes to become a commoner in order to receive a fraction of the royal gifts.  She also said reformists should be crucified and simply blamed unemployment on laziness to apply for jobs.

2-      A prince was calling more than half his citizens stupid people with low IQs while they were in the middle of an uprising fueled by decades of injustice and an irresponsible massacre committed by his family’s regime. He was basically inciting his family’s loyalists against the protesters.

3-      Another prince was expressing interest in the uprising in Syria, because if it succeeds, it would weaken Hizbollah, and somehow would convince Israel to accept peace, and as a result this would pave way for a gas/oil pipeline extending from his country and through Israel; all this wishful thinking while his country was in political & economic turmoil and under martial law and people are being killed or detained because they wanted real reform. Of course, needless to point the irresponsibility and lack of political maturity here.

4-      A female ruling elite figure responded to her countrywomen’s demands for more rights, by simply telling them to stop messing around and asking for rights that will turn to “burdens”, and somehow she related the cause of Islamophobia abroad to people in her country using liberal & secular rhetoric and terminology.

5-      A prince calls a religious channel asking the clerk for a fatwa that would dictate a harsher treatment for a religious minority, he considers infidel, rebellious and ungrateful.

6-      Many of the ruling elite point out to ungratefulness of people, who they built schools, roads, hospitals, etc for, like these are gifts and not very basic rights.

Examples of excesses:

1-      Ruling Elite families taxing businesses; some cases it could reach 50% of profit, and could range from factories to coffee-shops.

2-       Stealing directly from the treasury.

3-      Bribes and corruption in contracting and sub-contracting.

4-      Waste of natural resources to fill pockets already full.

5-      Large amounts of money spent on luxuries abroad or even gifts to foreign businessmen and politicians.

This is not to mention hateful propaganda against their people, calling them traitors, foreign agents, extremists, terrorists, vandals, infidels, drug-users, drug-dealers, etc. Add to that total disregard to their citizens’ lives, and importing foreigners to torture and kill their own citizens just like colonial powers used to do with occupied territory.  It seems most of their actions and words only increase hate and anger towards them. The levels of corruption in Libya, Tunisia, Egypt & elsewhere only demonstrate how their rulers consider them their own personal farms. Ruling Elites are willing to divide their societies or even their countries, halt development, jeopardize their economies, risk civil war, enslave themselves to more imperialism, allow foreign intervention or undermine their sovereignty just to try to cling to absolute power and not give up to the insignificant “peasants” down there; not even a little. I wish those ruling elite would pick up a Machiavelli book and learn how to prolong their rule for generations to come and empower their countries while retaining significant amount of power.

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البحرين وازدواجية المعايير المخزية في الخليج

الانتفاضة البحرينية في ضوء الثورات العربية. مقارنة ورد على حملة التضليل الخليجية

كان هناك شبه اجماع بين فئة كبيرة من العرب والشباب العربي والخليجي حول دعم الثورات والانتفاضات الشعبية التي حصلت في مصر وتونس والتي تحصل في ليبيا واليمن وسوريا وغيرها. بينما هناك الكثير من الجدل هذه الأيام خاصة في منطقة الخليج, حول الانتفاضة البحرينية, هل هي سلمية؟ هل مطالبها مشروعة؟ أكاد أجزم أن عاملين أعطيا البحرين خصوصية: كون البحرين دولة خليجية والاعلام العربي المؤثر كله خليجي, والمسألة المذهبية التي لعبت على وترها الحكومة ووسائل الاعلام ومدى تفشي مرض التعصب المذهبي خصوصا في الخليج. من دون الخوض في هذه التفاصيل, لنتفق على تعريف الثورة الشعبية السلمية, حسب رأيي المتواضع لا يمكن لثورة أو انتفاضة شعبية أن تكون مضبوطة مئة في المئة, أو أن لايحدث فيها ضربة كف واحدة. من هذا المنطلق الثورة السلمية هي التي تستعمل أساليب سلمية للوصول الى مطالب مشروعة ولا تعتمد على العنف كوسيلة لتحقيق أهدافها على عكس أساليب القوى الثورية في أمريكا الجنوبية في الستينات والسبعينات.

أولا, مجرد سرد لبعض وسائل التضليل التي استخدمها الاعلام الحكومي والتي لم تستخدم بهذا الشكل في الدول الأخرى:

استخدام الفوتوشوب لتغيير شعارات المتظاهرين من شعارات وحدوية الى شعارات مذهبية أو داعمة لايران

استخدام صور ومشاهد قديمة لمسيرات خاصة بيوم القدس أو داعمة للبنان أو لمصادمات كانت تحدث بين المراهقين والشرطة في المناطق الفقيرة أو حتى صور من مصر وتصويرها كأنها الانتفاضة الحالية

اختلاق القصص من خلال الاتصالات الوهمية على القنوات الفضائية خاصة الدينية  والحكومية البحرينية

فبركة كاملة لمشاهد تظهر عنف شديد ولا انسانية من قبل المتظاهرين

تكسير واجهات المحلات والسيارات أو زرع الأسلحة في أماكن الاعتصام ومن ثم اتهام المتظاهرين.

الحملة الدعائية الحكومية قوية (شركتان أجنبيتان للعلاقات العامة تعمل مع الحكومة) لدرجة أن منظمة هيومان رايتس واتش ومنظمة حقوق الانسان التابعة للأمم المتحدة قد ذكروا في مقالاتهم مدى توسع هذه الحملة لتصوير المتظاهرين على أنهم ارهابيين

الآن لنأخذ الاتهامات للمتظاهرين البحرينيين ونقارنهم بأخوانهم في الدول الأخرى:

1- مظاهراتهم طائفية ولا تمثل الشعب كله.

لايوجد ثورة فيها اجماع كلي, حتى في مصر كان هناك عدد لابأس به اما مستفيد من وجود النظام أو كان يخاف العواقب.

في اليمن: هناك اختلاف قبلي وتأييد من بعض القبائل لعلي عبدالله صالح, وفي الأيام الأخيرة بدأت عدد من القبائل بالانضمام للثوار. وفي ليبيا هناك وضع مشابه, فهناك قبيلتين على الأقل لم تنضم بعد للثوار.

في سوريا: هناك سنة, وعلويين, وشيعة, ومسيحيين بمذاهب مختلفة, وأرمن, وأكراد, ودروز. الثائرون حاليا كلهم من السنة (الطائفة الأكبر) ولم نسمع نفس الاتهام!

في البحرين: غالبية السكان (60-75%) من الشيعة, وغالبية الفقراء من الشيعة, والمهمشون في وزارات ومؤسسات الدولة هم الشيعة, لذلك كان أغلب المتظاهرين من الشيعة. لكن لاأحد يذكر الاقتصادي محمد البوفلاسة (سني) الذي خطب في ميدان اللؤلؤة عن الفساد, واختفى بعدها, وحكم عليه بـ3 أشهر في السجن. ولاأحد يذكر زعيم حزب وعد ابراهيم شريف (سني), الذي اعتقله 40 ملثما من منزله, والقيادية في نفس الحزب منيرة فخرو (سنية). الكل يختار نسيان الشعارات والمبادرات الوحدوية, كالسلسلة البشرية من اللؤلؤة الى الفاتح.

2- يخربون ويكسرون.

مصر وتونس: تم حرق وتخريب مقرات الحزب الحاكم وعدد كبير من مراكز الشرطة والأمن وشركات تابعة لأفراد متنفذين.

اليمن: تم تخريب عدد من المؤسسات, ومؤخرا حرق عدد من الملاهي الليلية في جنوب اليمن.

سوريا: في أول يومين تم تخريب سيارات وحرق مراكز للشرطة ومقر للحزب الحاكم ومقرات حكومية. هل نزع أحدا عنهم الشرعية أو أنكر سلميتهم؟

في البحرين: لم يتم احراق أي مركز للشرطة أو تخريب أي شركة أو مركز تجاري. كل المشاهد على اليوتيوب تظهر أفراد من الشرطة والجيش وبلطجية النظام هم من يكسرون السيارات والممتلكات. كل المقرات الحزبية والمحلات التجارية والمكاتب الاعلامية وعدسات المصورين التي خربت أو كسرت حتى الآن تابعة للمعارضة أو لأشخاص متعاطفين مع المتظاهرين أو يريدون اظهار الحقيقة.

3- يقتلون رجال الأمن.

مصر: قتل على الأقل 13 رجل أمن. وفي تونس قتل عدد من رجال الأمن. هل نزع أحدا عنهم الشرعية أو السلمية أم قيل دفاعا عن النفس؟

اليمن: قتل عدد من الجنود والشرطة في الجنوب والشمال, وفي سوريا, تقول وسائل الاعلام الحكومية أنه قتل على الأقل 12 بين رجال أمن واطفاء.

البحرين: حتى الآن العدد في وسائل الاعلامية الرسمية الذي توصلت له من 3-4 رجال أمن.هيومان رايتس واتش قالت أن 3 رجال أمن قتلوا هم من المرتزقة الأجانب, اثنين من ضباط الجيش الباكستاني المرتزقة, وآخر كان بحريني اسمه جواد الشملان (شيعي) قتل برصاصة “طائشة” حسب المنظمة الدولية. وكانت ادعت وسائل الاعلام الحكومية أن رجل أمن اسمه أحمد عبدالله قتل أيضا, تبين في مابعد أنه أحد المتظاهرين الشهداء. تجدر الاشارة أن 20 متظاهر قتل على الأقل ومئات جرحوا و450 شخص معتقلين, بينهم 25 مصاب,وبينهم 14 امرأة, بينهم اثنتان في أشهر الحمل. معظم القتل تم باصابات قناصة أو “شوت جن” في الرأس أو رصاص انشطاري. هذا العدد قي بلد سكانه لا يصل الى مليون نسمة يعتبر كبير.

4- يعتدون على العمالة الأجنبية ويقتلونهم.

ليبيا: قتل  المئات من الأفارقة الذين لاعلاقة لهم بمرتزقة القذافي. في شركة بناء واحدة وحسب عامل تركي لـبي بي سي “كان لدينا من 70-80 عامل من تشاد, تم قتلهم جميعا ضربا بالفؤوس وطعنا بمقاضيب العشب. حتى السودانيين تم قتلهم. رأينا ذلك بأم أعيننا”. هل نزع أحد الشرعية عن الثوار الليبيين؟

في البحرين: القتلى الذين توصلت اليهم اثنان, واحد هندي وآخر بنغلاديشي حسب هيومان رايتس واتش(موجودة على الأرض وتقوم بالتحقق في حوادث الفتل). الهندي هو نفسه الذي قتلته طائرة مروحية بحرينية, ونشرت قصته في وسائل الاعلام الهندية. وسائل الاعلام البحرينية قالت أن بنجلاديشيان قتلا دهسا من قبل المتظاهرين في السترة يوم المجزرة هناك, ثم نفت السفارة البنجلاديشية ذلك وقالت أن واحدا هو الذي قتل, وقال المتظاهرون أن القوات الأمنية قتلته, ونفس الفيديو الذي صوره المتظاهرون يستعمل من قبل الحكومة والمعارضة ضد الآخر. هناك نبأ عن مقتل باكستاني أثناء هدم دوار اللؤلؤة عندما سقطت عليه أجزاء من الصرح المهدوم. الاعتداءات الأخرى لاأستطيع تأكيدها أو نفيها أو من قام بها خاصة في وقت تسيطر فيه القوات الأمنية والبلطجية التابعين لها على الشوارع والحملة الدعائية التي تحاول تشويه صورة المتظاهرين.

لكن ما أستطيع تأكيده هو استعمال وزارة الداخلية البحرينية للأجانب بثياب مدنية للاعتداء وترويع المواطنين, وهذا ما أثبتته قناة الجزيرة الانجليزية في أحد تقاريرها, ووسائل اعلامية عالمية أخرى, وقد جرح عدد من هؤلاء ونقلوا لمستشفى السلمانية حيث بطاقات هوياتهم ومقتنياتهم أثبتت أنهم منتمون لوزارة الداخلية. في مجمل الأحوال: الاعتداء قد يكون دفاعا عن النفس,أو لشبهة, وقد تكون فعلا ناتجة عن كراهية سببتها الأحداث, وقد تكون مفتعلة لالصاق التهم. كل هذه الاحتمالات واردة. اذا لم يكن الاعتداء دفاعا عن النفس, فالفعل مدان أيا كان المعتدي ولايعمم على طائفة أو جماعة.

ينبغي التنويه أن الغالبية العظمى من قوى الأمن هم من الأجانب. معظمهم جنود باكستانيون يتم اختيارهم من قبل خبراء أمريكيين, وآخرين من فدائيي صدام, ومن سوريا والأردن واليمن. رئيس قوى الأمن الداخلي لمدة 30 سنة تقريبا والذي أسس هذه القوى هو شرطي بريطاني ملقب بـ”جزار البحرين” اسمه أيان هندرسون تقاعد قبل أكثر من 10 سنوات ويعيش في قصر في البحرين, وهو متهم من قبل جماعات حقوقية عالمية عديدة بارتكاب جرائم تعذيب وقتل. التعذيب في السجون البحرينية معروف, والاعتداء الجنسي أحد أساليبه. المعتقلون السياسيون يتراوح أعمارهم من 10 سنوات وحتى 70 عاما. هذا عدا عن التجنيس السياسي الذي يفضل الأجنبي في الامتيازات والوظائف.

5- يعتدون على الطلاب والطالبات في الجامعة.

المظاهرة في جامعة البحرين كانت سلمية ونسائية, حيث كان الصبية يشكلون درع حول الفتيات, لكن ماذا حدث بعد ذلك؟ بحثت كثيرا في هذا الموضوع, كانت قناة البحرين هي الوحيدة التي تتبنى هذه القصة التي تقول أن جماعات معارضة اقتحمت الجامعة واعتدت على الطلاب وتقريبا كل وسائل الاعلام الأجنبية تؤكد أن الاعتداء تم من قبل جماعات مؤيدة للحكومة. بعد أن شاهدت الكثير من الصور والفيديوات, استنتاجي الغير قابل للطعن أنها ليست جماعات مؤيدة تحركها الغريزة أو الغضب, انما جماعات تابعة للحكومة, تحميها الشرطة وتوجهها. تجدون الأدلة في أخر المقال.

6- يمثلون بجثث رجال الشرطة.

قبل الخوض في تفاصيل المسرحيات الهزلية, المشهدين الذين تبناهما الاعلام الرسمي تم تمثيلهما في مواقع تبعد عشرات الأمتار من ميدان اللؤلؤة وتم نشرهما أو اذاعتهما في أول يوم للتطهير كماسموه أو اليوم الذي تلاه. من تابع الأحداث من مشاهدين, قارئي صحف, أو صحفيين متواجدين يعرف أن هذه المنطقة هي أكثر منطقة محصنة ومحاصرة. عدد كبير من قوى الأمن,ورجال ملثمين بثياب مدنية تابعين لقوى الأمن, ومدرعات ودبابات ومروحيات تابعة الى ثلاثة جيوش على الأقل. ومن تابع مايحدث في البحرين, فأنه يعرف أن رجال الأمن يمشون في مجموعات من 20-30 شخص. الأسئلة: كيف لرجل أمن أن يمشي وحده في ساحة فاضية في منطقة محصنة ومراقبة كهذه؟ كيف يدهس رجل أمن ويترك, وتخرج جماعات لايبدو عليها الخوف وتقوم برفس وضرب جثته بدون رادع؟ كيف يدهس رجل أمن, وتعمل عدد من السيارات على التناوب في دهس جثته مرارا وحتى التوقف بعد ذلك؟ هذا اذا سلمنا ان المشاهد حقيقية, الأدلة على أنها مبركة ستكون مرفقة أيضا.

7- يطالبون بدولة دينية أو دولة تابعة لولاية الفقيه في ايران.

نعم, هناك اسلاميون مثل مصر, و تونس,و ليبيا,و اليمن ,و سوريا. كل هذه الثورات اتهمت انها دينية متطرفة ولم يصدق أحد ذلك, رغم أن معظم هذه الدول لها سوابق في حوادث ارهابية في السنوات العشر الماضية. لكن في البحرين, نجد التهمة قابلة للتصديق. جمعية الوفاق الاسلامية التي تمثل الغالبية العظمى من الشيعة في البرلمان معروفة باعتدالها. وأغلب الشباب المتظاهر ليس لديه عقيدة حزبية واضحة. الأميركيون المراقبون للتحركات الايرانية سواء كان دعم مالي أو عسكري لم يجدوا أي دليل على ارتباط الأحزاب المعارضة حتى الأكثر تطرفا منها بايران, عدا أنه كان هناك وجود واضح لأحزاب وجماعات ليبرالية كحزب وعد. المطالبة بدولة مدنية كانت واضحة سواء من الشباب المحافظ أو الأكثر انفتاحا.

أخيرا, أود القول أن ماذكرته لايعني أني لاأدعم أخوتي وأخواتي في تونس, ومصر, واليمن, وليبيا, وسوريا وغيرها. أنا أدعم أي جماعة تطالب بحقوق مشروعة بغض النظر عن دينها أو لونها, والعنف الشديد والمتوحش الحاصل ضد الشعوب يولد ردات فعل حتمية الكل يتفهم بعضها ويدين البعض الآخر دون أن ينسبه لكل الشعب المطالب بحقه, لكن النفاق الحاصل في الخليج زاد عن حده والطائفية تكاد أن تفلت من عقالها. لم يعتمد أحد على الوسائل الاعلامية الرسمية في مصر أو تونس أو غيرها لمعرفة الحقائق, بينما في الخليج يصبح تلفزيون البحرين مصدر للحقائق والوقائع. المشكلة أن المصادر الموضوعية في هذه القضية هي وسائل الاعلام العالمية, ففي الخليج, لاأحد يريد لعدوى الديمقراطية أن تصل, والمذهبية والشيعة فوبيا هي أفضل وأنجع وسيلة للحيلولة دون ذلك. لقد تطرقت للاتهامات التي تطرح والتي قديكون فيها لبس, أو تضليل, أو شبهة والتي يصدقها أو يتأثر بها الكثير من الأحيان أشخاص قد لايكونوا طائفيين ولكن البروباجاندا تأثيرها لا يجب الاستهانة به. أما الاتهامات الأخرى المبنية على سخافات محضة فهي لاتستحق الرد. الجرائم التي حدثت في البحرين من قبل حكومة المفروض أن تكون مسؤولة لايجب أن تقارن بجرائم أفراد حتى لوكانت صحيحة سواء كانوا شيعة أو سنة, ومن يبكي عند مشاهدة الضحايا والشهداء في اليمن أو ليبيا أو سوريا, ولايبدي اهتمام اتجاه القتل العمد والتعذيب والترويع في البحرين أقل ما يقال عنه أنه منافق ولاعلاقة له بالانسانية! ومن يدع أنها مؤامرة خارجية أحبطت بمرزتقة من 5 دول على الأقل وجيوش من 4 دول على الأقل يفتقر لأساسيات المنطق!

الختام بقصيدة من الستينات تصور الحالة العربية في القرن الواحد والعشرين:

أيها الأباطرة الرّاقدون داخل توابيتكم الخشبيّة تحت البلاطات البرونزية

هاهو، هاهو بعض من قرباننا لأرواحكم المتمرّدة

إنحسار الحياة في كل الأخاديد، ورجال منتصبون فوق كل بلاط، والحياة تسترجع كل الأشياء تحت جنحها

شعوبكم المبادة تنبثق من العدم، ومليكاتكم الطعينات يتحوّلن إلى يمامات في العاصفة

في الاقليم عاش آخر مرتزقة القرون الوسطى، ورجال العنف ينتعلون المهاميز لأجل العلم

وبكتابات التاريخ الهجائية تلتحق نحلة الصّحراء، وعزلات الشرق تمتلئ بالخرافات

والموت ذو القناع الإسبيداجي يغسل يديه في ينابيعنا

–الشاعر الفرنسي سان جون بيرس 1968

 

بعض المصادر:

هذا هو فيديو الدهس, حسب قناة العربية من قام بالتصوير هو “مصور” لبناني

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJPP7R2TXkg&skipcontrinter=1

فيديو رفس وضرب “الجثة”

تحليل الفيديوات بشكل احترافي

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRyg6kjJpgk

استخدام أجانب بلباس مدني لترويع المواطنين والاعتداء عليهم (Jazeera English)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FaH6W7VCpIU

آسيوي يحمل سيف يحاول الاندساس بين المتظاهرين في الرفاع

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H70B7ykpPFw

جامعة البحرين المظاهرة-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0yWeI7r3bQ

الشرطة والبلطجية يدا واحدة- جامعة البحرين

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpypAkNmqM0

76 سجين أعمارهم تتراوح بين (10-17) يتعرضون لعنف جسدي واعتداءات جنسي في عام 2010

http://www.bahrainrights.org/en/node/3619

مساجين أطلقوا بعد مجزرة اللؤلؤة في 17 فبراير

http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/180094_201318419894350_198741983485327_725287_3770390_n.jpg

وثائقي بريطاني عن جزار البحرين أيان هندرسون

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itzBxobej80

مقتل عامل هندي برصاص مروحية بحرينية (تلفزيون البحرين ادعى أن المروحيات للتصوير فقط)

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Stray-bullets-kill-Indian-in-Bahrain/articleshow/7732246.cms

http://www.coastaldigest.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=22149

بعض الجرحى والقتلى

http://www.alwefaq.org/index.php?show=news&action=article&id=5644

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtrZaHTIJK8&skipcontrinter=1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZmyVKL9UJc&skipcontrinter=1

http://arabic.rt.com/news_all_other/65523

مراسل العربية يختصر الموضوع في البحرين

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obQxjvLEeQI

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