A demonstrator waves the national flag during an anti-regime protest in Bahrain (file photo).
A prominent American author says all US governments have been trying to place dictatorships in Muslim countries that would suppress people and serve Washington’s interests.
In an interview with the Global Research
, Glenn Greenwald said all the US administrations including the government of President Barack Obama have been trying to install dictators in Muslim states particularly in the countries with remarkable oil and energy resources.
Greenwald described US support for the regime of Al Khalifa in Bahrain despite suppression of protesters and imprisonment of political activists as “perfect example” of Washington’s policies.
“They [Bahraini regime] murder protesters who are demonstrating peacefully, put people in prison and torture them and the Obama administration does nothing about that and continues to strengthen that regime through financing it and even sending it a lot of arms, while the regime is cracking down on the citizens in such a brutal way.”
The American journalist said the Al Khalifa regime “is basically the puppet and client government of the United States.”
Referring to US drone attack on several countries including Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia which have killed and injured numerous people, Greenwald said, “the Obama administration simply believes that it has the right to kill anyone it wants anywhere in the world regardless of who dies, and this is the policy that the Obama administration has actually pursued even more aggressively than the [former US president George] Bush administration.”
Greenwald said the US has used drones against six different Muslim countries including Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen, adding that Obama “has extremely aggressive beliefs that he can kill whoever he wants or attack anyone he wants without regard to any nation’s sovereignty in the name of combating terrorism.”
The American journalist added that US attacks on various countries in the world, particularly Muslim states, and the death of innocent citizens is the reason many people want to attack the United States.
Describing the US reaction towards the capture of the country’s spy drone by Iran inside the Iranian airspace as an example of Washington’s “extreme double standard,” Greenwald said the US treated the matter as if Tehran had committed an aggressive action against the United States.
“So you see here this extreme double standard that the United States thinks that it has the right to send drones on Iran’s airspace, but nobody in the United States and almost nobody would think that Iran would have the right to do the same to the United States,” Greenwald said.
Iran announced on December 4 that a US spy drone had been captured by Iranian forces over the Persian Gulf upon its intrusion into Iranian airspace, and released footage of the captured airplane which is a long-endurance aircraft manufactured by Insitu, a subsidiary of Boeing.
Greenwald also touched upon the removal of the terrorist Mujahedeen-e Khalq Organization (MKO) from the US list of terror and said the move clearly showed that Washington claims about fighting terrorism “should be viewed as nothing more than a ridiculous joke.”
The MKO was taken off the State Department’s blacklist on September 28.