Bahrain Circling The Drain

So far, we’ve had anti-government unrest in Pakistan, Lebanon, Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, and Algeria. Add Bahrain to the ever growing list.

Protesters take over square in U.S. ally Bahrain

Thousands of demonstrators poured into the symbolic center of this key U.S. ally late Tuesday in a raucous rally that again demonstrated the power of popular movements that are transforming the political landscape of the Middle East.

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In Bahrain, the small but strategically important monarchy experienced the now familiar sequence of events that has rocked the Arab world. What started as an online call for a “Day of Rage” progressed within 24 hours to an exuberant group of demonstrators waving flags, setting up tents and taking over a square in the heart of the capital city.

Tuesday began in sorrow and violence, when mourners who gathered to bury a young man, killed the night before by police, clashed again with the security forces. In Tuesday’s melee, a second young man was killed by police.

But as momentum built up behind the protests Tuesday, 18 members of parliament from the opposition Islamic National Accord Association announced they were suspending participation in the parliament.

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Country to country it spreads, where it will stop, all the regional despots dread. The fact that Bahrain’s now in play is somewhat unnerving for at least two reasons. First, the U.S. Fifth Fleet is based in Bahrain. The Fifth Fleet strategically controls the entire region and somehow having the command displaced from Bahrain would be a humiliating military disaster. Also, the unrest is now sweeping into countries that border Saudi Arabia. If Saudi Arabia were to descend into political chaos, Western oil supplies would be threatened and oil prices would skyrocket.

/although, I must admit, after all their years of financing worldwide terrorism, I wouldn’t shed many tears if the Saudi royal oil ticks were being dragged through the streets of Riyadh

The Religion Of No Fun Strikes Again

It’s Summer, time for boys and girls to go to camp and have fun! Um, sorry, no, fun is against Islam.

UN summer camp in Gaza vandalised

A group of armed men has vandalised a UN summer camp in the Gaza Strip, the second such attack in just over one month.

The attackers destroyed tents, toys, a plastic swimming pool and set much of the camp’s equipment on fire on Monday.

John Ging, the head of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Gaza, called it a “cowardly act,” and vowed to rebuild the camp quickly.

“This is another example of the growing levels of extremism in Gaza, and further evidence, if that were needed, of the urgency to change the situation on the ground,” Ging said.

The United Nations runs a network of summer camps for some 250,000 children in Gaza, which include games, sports and human rights lessons.

Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, is UNRWA’s largest competitor, running a network of camps for roughly 100,000 children

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The attacks have been widely attributed to extremist groups in Gaza that view the camps as religiously unacceptable, because boys and girls mingle freely.

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Teach Your Children Well

There’s something seriously [expletive deleted] up about a religion that doesn’t allow children to have fun.

/is it any wonder that Muslim children grow up to hate Jews and Infidels and that their highest possible calling in life is to blow themselves up as a “martyr”?