For over a year now, Bahrain’s Shi’ite majority has been protesting against the oppressive Sunni regime of King Hamad al Khalifa. Despite protesters being beaten, jailed, tortured and even killed by Bahraini authorities, the United States still supports al-Khalifa and gives him weapons. Why? Because the U.S Navy’s Fifth Fleet is stationed in Bahrain.
Despite sending in Saudi soldiers to beat up protesters, al-Khalifa knows his grip on power is weak. Now, he is considering a union with Saudi Arabia. Will the USA continue to arm and support dictators?