Today, the Saudis recalled their Ambassador to Syria. This was followed by a few well chosen, and somewhat belated mutterings from the Arab League criticising the murderous escapades of the crazed, myopic optometrist, Bashar Assad and his evil Alawite cohorts.
Saudi caution over criticising Syria has always been tempered by their fear of poking a stick into the Syria / Iran hornets’ nest which might explain their reluctance to comment. Fear of Iran looms large in the imagination of the House of Saud. The mere whisper of Iranian involvement in the protests in Bahrain by a fearful Al Khalifa into a Saudi ear and Saudi troops were dispatched to snuff it out before to took hold. – almost without a ‘by your leave’. The threat, albeit a false one in this instance, of Iran’s shadow over their southern oilfields was something the Saudis were not prepared to contemplate.
But what of Bahrain since? The silence of the Arab League, the West and of the US in particular, over the brutal put down of the protests in Bahrain has been deafening. What started out as a peaceful protest was turned into a savage, murderous rout by the ill considered actions of the ruling Al Khalifas – with the help of Saudi and Pakistani troops.
Today, Bahrainis live in fear: their plight receives little attention from a world transfixed by the antics of lunatic bankers and confused politicians, but a brave people deserve to have their story told.
This video is their story and Al Jazeera is their witness – the only TV journalists who remained to follow their journey of hope to the carnage that followed.
This is the Arab revolution that was abandoned by the Arabs, forsaken by the West and forgotten by the world.