Despite Bahrain’s bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, the U.S. has continued to provide weapons and maintenance to the small Mideast nation.
Defense Department documents released to ProPublica give the fullest picture yet of the arms sales: The list includes ammunition, combat vehicle parts, communications equipment, Blackhawk helicopters, and an unidentified missile system. (Read the documents.)
The documents, which were provided in response to a Freedom of Information Act request and cover a yearlong period ending in February 2012, still leave many questions unanswered. It’s not clear whether in each case the arms listed have been delivered. And some entries that only cite the names of weapons may in fact refer to maintenance or spare parts.
Defense Department spokesman Paul Ebner declined to offer any more detail. “We won’t get into specifics in any of these because of the security of Bahrain,” said Ebner. …
Reality check: Do you think a security state that actively supports and enforces such atrocities abroad (and has for many decades) because of its hunger for natural resources would shrink from applying the same “solutions” to “security problems” in its own back yard? For now the facade of “democracy” must be maintained under a cloak of protection from false flag terrorism, but what happens when the powers behind the throne actually feel threatened with exposure? Hello? Is anyone listening?
Unfounded wishful thinking is as irrational as unfounded paranoia. History is littered with the bodies of the former, not the latter.