Friday, April 22, 2011

Injustice in Bahrain

Our Sunni friends in Bahrain are continuing and extending their crackdown on the Shi'ite opposition:

The repression extends beyond political leaders and activists associated with the largely Shiite-led demonstrations that began Feb. 14. Family members and associates of people detained say that the government is targeting Shiites indiscriminately, regardless of their political activity, and with a particular focus on doctors and educators.

“It is retribution,” said one prominent opposition figure, who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of arrest. “But it is also an ethnic cleansing of top professions.”

One political leader estimated that as many as 1,200 people have been fired in recent weeks.
Why is it that we are sending supplies and drones to the Libyan opposition but turning our backs on the people of Bahrain? This is a government we are supposed to be on friendly terms with, but I see no evidence that we are putting any pressure on them at all.

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