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Gulf Cooperation Council Between Two Fires in Bahrain and Libya

5:15 PM, Mar 22, 2011 • By STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
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Time and options are running out for the whole system of despotism in the Muslim lands. The Iranian dictatorship, of course, wishes to exploit the Bahrain occupation to reinforce its grip on its subjects, just as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei attempted to use the Egyptian revolution to promote their extremist dogmas. After Friday prayers in Tehran on March 18, Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, head of the Iranian state’s “Guardian Council” and one of its most retrograde and fanatical clerics, called on the Bahraini Shias to “resist the enemy until you die or win.” In another expression of their exotic variety of cognitive dissonance, Iranian propaganda blared, “Qaddafi in Libya commits murder, and the U.S. supports his regime!”

Screeching complaints about the GCC move into Bahrain have also been heard in Shia mosques in Iraq, Lebanon, and Pakistan, and in the United States, Shias in New York have appealed for a “day of rage” to be held on Sunday, March 27, at United Nations Plaza, in protest against what they call “the cruel and criminal governments of Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the Gulf states, Yemen, and Libya.” But where were the non-Iranian Shias when, in 2009, almost the entire Iranian nation marched against the cruelest of all the Islamist regimes, that of Tehran, with its hallucinated threats to the world? Then, the Shias of Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan, and the U.S. held their tongues. At this point, the alignment of the U.S. and the Sunni Gulf states makes compelling sense, since the Iranian misrulers and the deranged Qaddafi have more in common with one another than the West has differences with the GCC.

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