After more than a year, Bahrain, with Saudi forces, continues its violent crackdown against a peoples revolution using stun grenades while the US Fifth Fleet sits idly by.
Press TV has interviewed Don De Bar, anti-war activist, New York about the role the American government and its obedient media play in suppressing any information about Bahrain from reaching the American public. What follows is an approximate transcript of the interview.
Compared to other revolutions taking place in the Arab world and in the Middle East just how much has the Bahrain revolution progressed?
Well it’s not. First of all it’s heartbreaking just hearing the sounds of the people being stomped on by the Saudis and whom ever else, they are really just a proxy for the United States.
Bahrain is not getting any attention here at all. The American public is fairly ignorant even of the existence of the nation of Bahrain let alone the condition of the people there and the fact that you have a huge US naval base there and the US proxies the Saudis and others are doing this to the people on the street.
It’s heartbreaking to look at the Democratic National Convention yesterday to see the children and grand children who here were suffering the equivalent to the 1950s and 60s of stun grenades that was fire hoses and batons swooning over the prospect of reelecting the president that is sitting on top of what is being done to the Bahraini people.
I’m hoping at some point in time it will be possible to bring to the American people the tragedy that is potentially moving for the Bahraini people; the courage of the Bahraini people; and the unity of identity and struggle between their struggle and the struggle people have fought here and continue to try to fight here (in the US).
You spoke about the silence in Western media on the situation in Bahrain compared to other revolutions as well. For how long can this silence go on?
It’s going to be unfortunately largely up to the Bahraini people. If they force a change in that country then at some point in time they will have to be grappled with in the media.
That’s what happened in Egypt and that’s what happens when you have a true popular movement as exists in Bahrain expressing itself fully. It changes the paradigm.
And so even though the media is blacking out what is happening there; it is not consistent with the narrative of the US role around the world and so it is not allowed to be consumed by Americans right now.
If the Bahrainis acquire their freedom and establish a democratic state on the soil there and force a reckoning of that, ultimately, with the United States military who occupy a good portion of that territory, then the American people will have to be made aware of it if for no other reason than to try to reposition and manage it.
What more needs to be done to highlight the situation in Bahrain and of course the interference in Bahrain by other countries such as Saudi Arabia?
That’s a difficult question, there is such a huge monopoly of information here among a very small group of corporations that unfortunately reaches the bulk of the American populace.
Thank goodness for Press TV and some other international media that allows alternative information at least to be available to the American people. Many Americans are aware, many Americans get information from Press TV, RT (Russia Today) and other source so there is at least a current of people among the American populace who are already aware.
And hopefully if the Bahraini people can hang out long enough, you know, we’ll be able to try to bring the word to the rest of the American people here and hopefully someone will force the government to step in on the side of the people instead of putting up proxies to shoot them in the street.