Bahrain: National Unity Assembly Head Says US `Seeks To Oust` Regime
Monday, December 3, 2012
A Bahraini woman looks at clashes between anti-government protesters and riot police, unseen, in Abu Saiba, Bahrain, Monday, Dec. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)
Unattributed report: “Al-Mahmud: America is the Biggest Conspirator Against Bahrain”
Sheikh Abd-al-Latif al-Mahmud, head of the National Unity Assembly (NUA), launched a blistering attack on the United States and accused it of being the “biggest conspirator against Bahrain.”
The NUA organized a symposium at the roundabout hall 17 in Hamad Town. The symposium was attended by a large crowd, led by a number of MPs. Sheik Al-Mahmud said: “America seeks to oust the regime in Bahrain and hand it over to others, like what it had done to Iraq,” referring to the US ambassador, who is currently in Bahrain after he had supervised the scenario of conspiracy in Iraq. He added that “attacking America does not mean attacking US citizens, who can support us if we have a good communication with them.”
Sheikh Al-Mahmud added that “the scenario orchestrated by the West and America on Bahrain comes within the context of the great conspiracy to change all Gulf regimes for the benefit of Israel.” He called on everyone to “unite to fight the ongoing battle,” noting that “the people of Bahrain have two options, either to continue work and defend their rights, or die.”
The head of the NUA warned of the consequences of collaboration with the enemy, citing historical incidents, which indicate that cooperation with the enemy was the cause of collapse of Islamic rule in Andalusia. He called for shifting from collaborating with the enemy to confronting it; since avoiding confrontation will result in destruction.
Al-Mahmud called for the “unity of ranks and adherence to the Al-Fatih Gathering, which protected Bahrain from significant risks that would have led to the loss of the homeland.” He said: “The gathering must exist. We must bear the responsibility and learn how to survive.”
He justified converting the assembly into a political society by saying that “it was the only legal option available to keep the assembly so that it could defend rights, express hopes and aspirations of the Bahraini citizen, have the ability to bring about change through legislative institutions, and achieve the demands and aspirations of the people.” He said: “We are now seeking to solve the problems of citizens with personal effort,” noting that the assembly has submitted more than 1,500 requests to the competent authorities regarding individual issues. He added that the assembly is seeking bigger tasks; represented in solving the problems of services, rights, and salaries; and fighting corruption.
He added: “Therefore, we want the assembly to maintain its momentum to combine all sects, religions, and affiliations for the sake of Bahrain.”
He alluded to their intention to contest the next election after coordination with other political associations, and to field good and honest (candidates). He compared the House of Representatives with the Customary Council at the time of the Prophet (PBUH), and said: “We must support the representatives before we hold them responsible for negligence.”
Al-Mahmud thanked God the Almighty for the tribulations faced by Bahrain; because they made the citizens think of the interests of the religion and homeland rather than personal ones.
Al-Mahmud called for the application of Shura and democracy in governance, which was introduced to the West from the principles of Islamic Shura.
Al-Mahmud stressed the importance of people`s participation in construction and reform, and urged citizens to understand their roles. He said that those who are waiting for gifts and profits without effective participation or effort will reap nothing.
Al-Mahmud stressed that all people make mistakes, adding that “kings, presidents, sultans, amirs” are not infallible, and they must use the principle of Shura.
Sheikh Jalal al-Sharqi commented on Al-Mahmud`s speech saying that unity advocated by Al-Mahmud must embody the meaning of adherence to God`s word. He added that any gathering that stays away from religion and what God and His Messenger say will fail.
For his part, Muwaffaq al-Dulaymi called on all citizens to participate in the construction of Bahrain, each according to their best, in order to document their positions until they get the honor of participating in serving the religion and the homeland.
(Description of Source: Manama Al-Wasat Online in Arabic -- Website of independent daily edited by former Bahraini opposition leader Mansur al-Jamri; URL: http://www.alwasatnews.com/main.aspx)
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Bahraini Activist: Al Khalifa Regime Powerless To Suppress Popular Revolution
Fars News Agency
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Protesters carry a large banner reading: ``Democracy`` as they participate in an anti-government protest in Budaiya highway, west of Manama, September 14, 2012. Thousands of protesters marched shouting anti-government slogans during a demonstration which was organised by Bahrain`s leading opposition Al Wefaq. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed
A senior Bahraini opposition figure said that the incapability of the Al-Khalifa to suppress the popular uprising in the tiny Persian Gulf island shows that the regime lacks the power to confront people`s peaceful revolution.
“Some security and military bodies of Bahrain, whose decision-makers are not known and are involved in the suppression of the nation, are now facing internal differences emanating from power-mongering,” a senior member of Bahrain`s National al-Wefaq party told Al-Alam television channel on Saturday.
He further lashed out at the Bahraini media for censoring the news coverage of the regime`s suppressions and besieging many regions of the country, specially Mahza village near the capital Manama.
Yesterday, hundreds of Bahrainis staged large demonstrations across the country, calling for the ouster of the al-Khalifa regime and the establishment of a democratic ruling system in their tiny Persian Gulf island.
The protesters asked for the downfall of the Bahraini regime, establishment of a democratic system, and voiced support for people in Mahza village, southern capital City of Manama, which has been under siege by the Bahraini security forces since two weeks ago.
According to the Bahraini media, the security forces have launched several night raids on the village residents.
The Bahraini government, facing protracted unrest by an overwhelming majority of the people, has resorted to any harsh measure to suppress popular protests and arrest political activists. It also revoked the nationality of 31 men on charges of harming national security earlier this month.
The men include London-based dissidents Saeed al-Shehabi and Ali Mushaima, the son of jailed opposition leader Hassan Mushaima, as well as clerics, human rights lawyers and activists.
Also on the list published by Bahraini News Agency (BNA) were two former parliamentarians from the leading Shiite party Wefaq, Jawad and Jalal Fairooz.
Anti-government protesters have been holding peaceful demonstrations across Bahrain since mid-February 2011, calling for an end to the Al Khalifa dynasty`s over-40-year rule, end of discrimination, establishment of justice and a democratically-elected government as well as freedom of detained protesters.
Violence against the defenseless people escalated after a Saudi-led conglomerate of police, security and military forces from the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) member states - Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Qatar - were dispatched to the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom on March 13, 2011, to help Manama crack down on peaceful protestors.
So far, tens of people have been killed, hundreds have gone missing and thousands of others have been injured.
(Description of Source: Tehran Fars News Agency in English -- hardline semi-official news agency, headed as of 24 July 2011 by Nezameddin Musavi; http://www.english.farsnews.com)
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Iran Commentary: Saudi `Annexation` of Bahrain Will Not Stop `Revolution`
Monday, May 28, 2012
Thousands of Bahraini anti-government protesters march along a main highway outside Manama, Bahrain, on Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, calling for democracy in the Gulf island kingdom. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)
Commentary by Hesamoddin Borumand: “Two Blind [Individuals] on the Threshold of Death.”
After some news and revelations had been showing over the past several weeks that a Zionist-American conspiracy in the region is taking form, yesterday, the review of the plan called “Bahrain-Saudi Arabia Unity” was officially at the head of the agenda of the meeting of countries of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council. Of course, in the previous meeting of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council that was held in December of last year -- Azar (13) 90 -- Saudi Arabia raised the idea that the member countries must reach agreement to move from the stage of “cooperation” to the stage of “union.”
Now, five months after the Saudis trick and conspiracy failed, there have been efforts to constitute the bedrock of forming the union between countries of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council this time in the form of the “Unity Plan of Bahrain and Saudi Arabia” through primary agreements and, in other words, take its first step.
Therefore, in the first step, yesterday, on the unity plan of this country and Saudi Arabia, the Minister of Information Dissemination of Bahrain announced: “Bahrain has agreed that it will be united with Saudi Arabia in four areas: `Security,` `Defense,` `Economics,` and `Foreign Affairs.`”
However, this writing is making an effort to go further than the splendid title of “unity” between Al Khalifah and Al Sa`ud and analyze the principle of the story.
At the beginning of the debate it is worth making the point that the worst form of addressing the unity plan between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia is to get trapped in the winding topics and legal maze, and without paying attention to the core principle of the event that is in the process of happening, only get caught up in the corridor of words of international law.
Whether this plan is in legal terms a “union” or “annexation” of Bahrain by Saudi Arabia and/or it can be debated whether Bahrain is coming “under the protectorate,” or Saudi Arabia is assuming the “guardianship” of Bahrain, and in terms of legal concepts, which one of these words has application in the discussion, should be looked at as a secondary issue. Without a doubt, an event that has happened, if it is being theorized as an “annexation,” “under the support,” “guardianship,” and/or even “being colonized,” it is not qualified for legal value and will lead to no right for Al Khalifah and Al Sa`ud, because it is clear that the rights of a nation cannot be diminished with collusion, political tricks and conspiracies, and devilish behavior.
Therefore, there is no room for the smallest doubt that the individuals of a nation are the only ones qualified to make decisions on subjects like “union” or “annexation” and others. It must be specified through a referendum whether the will of the nation is in agreement with this issue or not.
Therefore, what is obvious is that what cannot be hidden is that the rulers Al Khalifah and Al Sa`ud are in such conditions that their legitimacy has vanished and they cannot perform such an agreement. Even if these agreements happen in the meeting of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council, once again the vision of these actions and the shameful conspiracy will not be tangible.
Therefore, beyond the dialectical legal debates from one direction and/or in the counterpoint of superficial and ordinary discussions surrounding the alliance plan of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, the main issues and the real explanation of the issue must be addressed. There are several points here worth paying attention to:
1: If we accept that just as Bahrain`s Minister of Information Dissemination Samirah Rajab has announced, Bahrain will “ally” with Saudi Arabia along four axes, security, defense, economics, and foreign policy, and have agreed on the “union” plan, the key question is why have the rulers of Bahrain done this? In clearer words, what does Al Khalifah gain from the unity plan with Saudi Arabia?
The next question that in truth will be a bridge for reaching an answer is whether the unity plan can be assessed as separate from the developments of the Middle East region and the Islamic awakening.
The answer to the posed questions is not complicated and it is sufficient for us to pause and reflect on the developments of Bahrain from February 2011 until now.
It has been more than 15 months that the people of Bahrain have risen up against the American government of Al Khalifah and the flame of this uprising has not only not been extinguished by the martyrdom of the protest movements, demonstrations, and marches of the revolutionaries, but rather has grown.
Therefore, when Al Khalifah was unsuccessful in suppressing the uprising of the people of Bahrain and silencing the volcano of protests and uprisings of revolutionaries, he resorted to Al Sa`ud in order to prevent increasing revolutionary and protest movements in the format of this plan called “union.” However, these steps of Al Khalifah borne out frustration contain an important message that he unintentionally dedicated to the people and revolutionaries: “The heavy defeat of Al Khalifah in the Islamic awakening and the great victory of the nation of Bahrain.” If Al Khalifah had been successful in managing the people`s revolution and widespread and deep protests, would he have agreed to the “union” plan with Saudi Arabia?
2. The agreement of Al Khalifa over the “unity” plan with Al Sa`ud shows not only the tremendous defeat of the authoritarian and reactionary rulers of the Al Khalifah regime, but also implies on the other hand the fragile and unstable status of the Sa`udis. An important point is that Saudi Arabia also will not get anywhere with the “unity” plan with Bahrain and the ominous goals of Al Sa`ud will not become a reality.
Clearly the question comes to the forefront as to what the goal of Saudi Arabia is in the formation of the unity plan. Is it anything other than occupation and conquest being called legal? The next question is what the purpose for putting this conspiracy in the format of law and agreement with the country of Bahrain is.
The answer to these questions also must be assessed in the context of regional developments in the Islamic awakening in the last 15 months. Clearly, one of Saudi Arabia`s main goals in ratifying an agreement with Al Khalifa in the context of the “union plan” is that they see a clear victory of the people of Bahrain over Al Khalifa near and to prevent the formation of an Islamic government in Bahrain, brought forward the annexation plan in order to decisively prevent the occurrence of this event and/or, however possible, delay its occurrence. This is an illusion as the population of the Western regions of Saudi Arabia where the Shiites are is 15 percent of the country`s population and they are a population greater than 4 million people.
However, the big mistake of Al Sa`ud is that the unity plan and plans of this type not only do not have the capability to prevent the victory of the Muslim revolutionaries of Bahrain, but rather the capability that has come to the field in Bahrain also adds to the capacity of Shiites of the Western regions of Saudi Arabia. Was the plan of the greater Middle East and next the new Middle East plan, which on the regional scale and with the support of America and the Zionist regime and some of the same reactionary Arab rulers had come to the scene to keep the pattern of Islamic Revolution in check, able to prevent the inspiration of the Islamic Revolution? Have not even the Zionists and their extremists like Netanyahu and Barak confessed that the Arab Spring -- read Islamic awakening -- is influenced and inspired by Khomeyni`s revolution that, like three decades before, is winning from the start and moving forward?
Now, can this unity plan that was concluded between two regimes facing collapse, Al Khalifah and Al Sa`ud, stand in front of the revolutionary example of the combative and brave youth of Bahrain, who, despite all of the aggressive and suppressive steps, Al Khalifah and Sa`udi have not relented?
It is worth nothing that since the very beginning of the uprising and roaring of the youth and the revolutionary nation of Bahrain against the authoritarian and dictatorial Al Khalifah rulers, Al Sa`ud deployed troops to Bahrain with the excuse of the “shield island” pact. By killing and drawing the blood of the oppressed people of this country he was a partner in the Al Khalifa crime. However, has the excited uprising and awakening revolution of the nation of Bahrain been stopped? Without a doubt the answer is no.
Therefore, Saudi Arabia`s ominous goal in forming this unity plan with Bahrain to prevent the revolutionary model from spreading to Saudi Arabia, is not only inconsequential, but rather, incidentally this plan called “union” will result in the transfer to Saudi Arabia of what Al Sa`ud considers to be a crisis in Bahrain.
In a more simple interpretation, and of course more practical, the union of Al Khalifah, Al Sa`ud, and the miserable politicians of these two regimes will not be effective, but in the context of present regional developments, the union of revolutionaries between the people of Bahrain and Saudi Arabia will clearly be instrumental.
Finally, it must be said: In addition to the meaningful defeat of Al Khalifah in the revolution of the nation of Bahrain and the fragility and instability of Al Sa`ud in preventing the formation of protest movements in Saudi Arabia, other problems also exist that will obstruct the unity plan between these two regimes.
Among the main problems of the dispute of countries of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council that have this plan on the agenda, and is more important than everything else, is the awakening of nations and public thoughts of the region in the context of the Islamic awakening that will not be frightened by these types of plans and conspiracies.
In this situation, it must be said that Al Khalifah receiving help from Al Sa`ud is an example of “the blind leading the blind.”
(Description of Source: Tehran Keyhan Online in Persian -- Website of hardline conservative Tehran daily published by the Keyhan Institute publishing company; edited by Hoseyn Shari`atmadari, Supreme Leader Khamene`i`s representative to the paper; www.kayhannews.ir)
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