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    Re: Unrest in Arabia

    Agreed! Speculation was the biggest problem last time the oil price spiked!

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    Re: Unrest in Arabia

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    Re: Unrest in Arabia

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    This is a very tricky situation. Unlike Tunisia and Egypt, this is a prosperous emirate that has been more successful than others are allowing the benefits to spread throughout society. However, the monarchy is Sunni and the majority of the population is Shi'a. There is concern (though not confirmed as far as I know) that this may be inspired by Iran. The KSA would be very concerned if the IRI were able to gain significant influence on their side of the Gulf. This situation has already gotten more violent than either Tunisia or Egypt and I don't see that changing. Like Libya, if this IS to result in a toppling of the ruler, it will take time and sacrifice as I expect much more blood will be shed. Unlike Egypt, Libya and Tunisia, the dark spectre of sectarianism is very much at play here...
    The problem with the statement that this was supported by Iran is that there isn't really any evidence of this. The reason for the uprising is two-fold. Firstly, Shi'as are discriminated against. The best posts in government go to Sunnis, and many Shi'as are fed up. The second reason is Bahrain's recent backslide into tyranny. In the 1990s, the government and several Islamist groups violently clashed. To avoid further violence, the king offered reforms. He created a legislature, constitution, and removed restrictions on speech. Things went well for a couple years. Bahrain stood as a beacon of progress and emerging democracy in the Arab world. Then the King started to slow or even reverse his reform. The bicameral legislature has an elected lower house, but the unelected upper house holds far more sway and is often a rubber stamp for the king. Civil liberties have begun to backslide, and there are restrictions in place to protect government officials from being prosecuted for human rights violations that they committed before the signing of the 2002 constitution. Bahrainis see what is happening in the rest of the Middle East, and they probably figure that now is the right time to revolt.

    What makes these protesters so much more dangerous to their government is that they have tasted freedom. Jefferson stated that those who know freedom will not easily give it up. The government of Bahrain has given its people a taste of liberty only to wrench it away. This loss is far more compelling to the protesters than the rantings of some cleric in Tehran
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    Re: Unrest in Arabia

    Quote Originally Posted by DrunkenAsparagus View Post
    Jefferson stated that those who know freedom will not easily give it up.
    Jefferson also stated that...

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    and give to those who would not.”

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