Bahrain has become only the second Arab state after Mubarak’s Egypt, to label in the the Lebanese Resistance Movement- Hezbollah- as a terrorist organization. The US-backed Al-Khalifa monarchy has officially informed the Bahraini Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Interior of the movement’s blacklisting.
This move comes after the Bahraini regime had accused both Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps and Hezbollah of setting up militant cells in the tiny Persian Gulf Kingdom in February of this year.
However, two weeks prior to this, the Bahraini Opposition Magazine - Bahrain Mirror - published leaks from the Bahraini Ministry of Interior uncovering the not-so-new scheme of fabricating such plots, and obtaining forced confessions through torture.
Bahrain's designation of Hezbollah as a terror group comes as the US and Israel continue to push for the EU to blacklist Hezbollah. Experts argue that this confluence of American, Israeli, and Al-Khalifa interests is no coincidence.
The Bahraini opposition has often slammed the accusations from the Al-Khalifah regime that the peaceful protestors are following foreign agendas. They claim that the regime is trying to tarnish the image of the peaceful revolution, by associating the protestors with foreign interests.
Hezbollah has so far remained silent on the issue. Though the movement has time and again repeated that the U.S and Israel are constantly on the look-out for ways to strike back at the movement which inflicted great military and moral losses on the U.S-backed Israeli regime.