They (Saudis) are really [acting] as a proxy for the United States.” Don DeBar, anti-war activist, New YorkThe Saudi regime acts as a proxy for the United States in Bahrain by helping the Manama government crack down on Bahraini demonstrators, an activist tells Press TV. “It’s heartbreaking just hearing the sounds of (Bahraini) people being stomped on by the Saudis,” said Don DeBar, an anti-war activist from New York, in an interview with Press TV on Friday. “They (Saudis) are really [acting] as a proxy for the United States.” Bahraini protesters have been holding demonstrations against the ruling Al Khalifa family since February 2011 and they hold King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa responsible for the death of the demonstrators during the uprising. In mid-March 2011, Saudi Arabia, along with the United Arab Emirates, deployed troops in Bahrain to help the Manama regime crush anti-government demonstrations.
“Bahrain is not getting any attention here (in the US) at all. The American public is fairly ignorant even of the existence of the nation of Bahrain let alone the condition of people there, the fact that you have a huge US naval base there and that US proxies, the Saudis and others, are doing this to the people on the street,” DeBar stated.Bahrain hosts the US Fifth Fleet and is among the Persian Gulf countries such as Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates that receive military equipment from the United States. HSN/JR/IS