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US propaganda against Iran distracts attention to Bahrain in America: Analyst
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Interview with American political and military expert Michael Burns
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So you combine that posture, that war footing that we are on in this country against Iran along with the effectiveness of the Bahrain forces, the barbarism in which they address that Pearl Roundabout affair, imprisoning, torturing doctors—why it’s a scandal but like many scandals in the world it’s a tree falling in the woods because the noise of our war posture with Iran knocks out any dissenting voices. So I don’t see much change what so ever on behalf of England, the United States or the Western powers as a group. We don’t care about Bahrain; we don’t care about these promises of democracy."

Any opposition among American people and politicians against US-backed atrocities in Bahrain has been silenced like ‘a tree falling in the forest’ against the backdrop of the US propaganda of waging a war on Tehran, says an analyst.


The comment comes as Bahrain's main opposition party has accused the ruling Al Khalifa monarchy of covering up brutality against peaceful protesters.

Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, in a statement issued on Saturday, described the Bahraini Interior Ministry’s latest communiqué as misleading and full of obviously blatant lies.

The statement said protesters behaved peacefully throughout the Friday march and posed no threat of any kind to anyone.

This is while the Bahraini security forces -- backed by masked militiamen and plainclothes -- violently attacked the demonstrators and used foul language, tear gas, stun grenades and batons to break up their rally, al-Wefaq pointed out.

The statement further said that Saudi-backed regime forces were ready to attack peaceful protesters with different kinds of weapons.

The Al Khalifa regime seeks to conceal committed “atrocities” against protestors in the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom through a total ban on public protests. Such a move deprives the nation of the right to freedom of expression, al-Wefaq pointed out.

Press TV has conducted an interview with political and military expert Michael Burns.

The program also offers the opinions of two other guests: Saeed Shehabi with the Bahrain Freedom Movement and expert on Persian Gulf Affairs, Fouad Ibrahim.

What follows is an approximate transcription of the interview.

Press TV: Mr. Burns, looking at this situation in the United States first of all and looking at in general what has happened in the Middle East region, what will it take for Washington to learn? It seems that they have supported repressive regime after repressive regime. Does it not expose them as far as the hypocrisy on the one hand of saying it’s standing for democracy, on the other hand supporting repressive regimes and how much longer can the United States itself afford to continue to do that?

Burns: Well as long as the United States is on a war footing along with Israel against Iran then any problems in those Middle East [countries], the Emirates like Bahrain are simply going to be ignored as a matter of public policy by the citizenry of the US as well as the government.

So you combine that posture, that war footing that we are on in this country against Iran along with the effectiveness of the Bahrain forces, the barbarism in which they address that Pearl Roundabout affair, imprisoning, torturing doctors-why it’s a scandal but like many scandals in the world it’s a tree falling in the woods because the noise of our war posture with Iran knocks out any dissenting voices.

So I don’t see much change what so ever on behalf of England, the United States or the Western powers as a group. We don’t care about Bahrain; we don’t care about these promises of democracy; we simply are ignoring them and turning up the noise level on our war footing. You can hear it in Romney’s campaign promises so I don’t see many changes whatsoever.

Press TV: Michael Burns, a new reality in the region is what Mr. Ibrahim is saying. The people in the region may feel that way. What will it take for the United States to understand that this is another time in this region?

Burns: One would think that the United States would be sensitive to the people of Bahrain, Saudi [Arabia], those countries that are in the frontline states facing Iran but the fact is that this is viewed as a part of a strategic plan and that the ears are closed to that type of feeling in that region right now the United States...

Press TV: Let me just jump in here Mr. Burns because you just talked about it being part of a strategic plan. Even from a strategic perspective would it not be better for the United States to befriend the people of the region and sort of continuing to make enemies in the region even from a strategic, from a political perspective. Wouldn’t that work a little bit better for them?

Burns:Well, considering the stakes that are on the table, the Saudi oil, the buildup of a war with Iran, the fact that we have the Fifth Fleet in Bahrain, the fact that we need those governments in place to project American power, Western power. I don’t think the cries of the people are going resonate very effectively in the ears of our foreign policy apparatus nor even may I add the ears of the American citizen.

Press TV: Ok, so you’re saying it doesn’t even reach the ears of the American citizen [so] that they can actually exert pressure on Washington?

Burns: Absolutely not, with exception of a few very liberal Democratic congressmen who are always looking for the broken wing bird to nurse back to health there is no effective sound from the people of those frontline, Saudi, Bahrain and the other states which the US foreign policy apparatus looks as vital to the projection of US power.

Press TV: Your take on what Dr. Shehabi said do you think that perhaps the solution can actually be coming more from the East now if the West is not responding in a manner that is expected?

Burns: Certainly yes Russia is a big player on this front if they can keep up that projection of power. Yes, the East does play a role but the difficulty of speaking of this from an American perspective is, we have a war footing toward Iran; we have an election coming up where the candidates are crawling all over each other to try and say what they’re going to do to Iran and those front states like Saudi and Bahrain are essential for that strategy to be implemented so for the time being well into the next term it’s not an issue.

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