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    Bahrain security forces fire on defiant protesters(Edited)

    MANAMA, Bahrain Security forces opened fire Friday on Bahraini protesters for a second straight day, wounding at least 50 people as thousands defied the government and marched toward Pearl Square in an uprising that sought to break the political grip of the Gulf nation's leaders.

    Once again, Bahrain authorities showed no hesitation in using force against demonstrators who ramped up demands to bring down the whole ruling monarchy.

    U.S. President Barack Obama condemned the use of violence against the protesters in Bahrain, as well as in Libya and Yemen, where heavy crackdowns by old-guard regimes were reported. A Libyan doctor said 35 protesters were killed in the eastern city of Benghazi during a confrontation with security forces, while four people were killed and 48 were wounded during protests called as part of a "Friday of Rage" in Yemen.

    The continuing wave of anger in the Arab world followed successful uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, where hundreds of thousands of people celebrated the downfall of President Hosni Mubarak one week ago.

    Critically injured protesters were again rushed to Manama's main Salmaniya hospital, which also received the dead and wounded after riot police smashed a protest encampment early Thursday in the landmark square.

    Some doctors and medics on emergency medical teams were in tears as they tended to the wounded. X-rays showed bullets still lodged inside victims.

    "This is a war," said Dr. Bassem Deif, an orthopedic surgeon examining people with bullet-shattered bones.

    Of the 50 injured, seven were critically hurt, Health Ministry official said. Seven people have died in Bahrain's unrest this week, including five on Thursday, and more than 200 have been wounded. ...

    Bahrain security forces fire on defiant protesters - Yahoo! News
    So what next? Are these people insurgents who should be mowed down, or patriots who should be upheld in our hearts?
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    I wonder what we will do if this spreads to Saudi Arabia. Invasion?
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    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...
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    Re: Unrest in Arabia

    Seeing some of the videos that are leaking out of Bahrain is very sorrowful.

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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...
    Very insightful post.

    I see the violence escalating every time a monarchy is threatened especially in a Country that is rules by a minority as is the case here. This one could get extremely bloody before it's resolve.

    As to Saudi Arabia we do indeed have reason for concern and it comes down once again to oil, the one thing we could live without from them if the Environmentally ill in this Nation would would sit down and shut up.

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    Re: Unrest in Arabia

    Quote Originally Posted by Councilman View Post
    Very insightful post.

    I see the violence escalating every time a monarchy is threatened especially in a Country that is rules by a minority as is the case here. This one could get extremely bloody before it's resolve.

    As to Saudi Arabia we do indeed have reason for concern and it comes down once again to oil, the one thing we could live without from them if the Environmentally ill in this Nation would would sit down and shut up.

    Currently there is talk about mandating a certain number of electric cars be build every year but the demand it's there.

    I personally would love to have an all electric for use around town which is over 90% of where I go. Thye cost however is way too much for what you get.

    India makes the Tata Nano and sells it for about $2500 and it gets geat mileage but there is very little room for a couple of 6' men. Still if they come here I might just have to get one to in town use only. I would never go on a freeway in one.

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    Re: Unrest in Arabia

    Saudi Arabia isn't even our number one or two oil importer. I think Europe uses more of their oil than we do.

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    Re: Unrest in Arabia

    Quote Originally Posted by EnigmaO01 View Post
    Saudi Arabia isn't even our number one or two oil importer. I think Europe uses more of their oil than we do.
    True, but we (both the US and Taiwan) do use their oil and the fact that the U.S. is so reliant on important oil is a factor...
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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...
    That is the problem with why the Bahrain security forces are taking out the protestors. The majority of the security are Sunni so they no qualms with killing the "bad" guys. Because they know that if they loose power. They will lose everything and be prosecuted because they are the minority in the country. Plus the Shi'a in the nation worship Hezbollah. So that is not good for "us". But the bloodshed will be worse than what we have seen in Egypt, Tunisia. So it will be interesting to see, if anyone is interested here is a video:
    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=afd_1298080647
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    Re: Unrest in Arabia

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    True, but we (both the US and Taiwan) do use their oil and the fact that the U.S. is so reliant on important oil is a factor...
    See what is wrong with the price of oil. Are the commodity traders that RAISE the price of a barrel of oil on speculation and fear. These uprisings are making some of them very rich and I am sure they are hoping more chaos will follow. Because that would increase the price of oil. Even though there is no shortage of oil or anything. Its the traders that are part of the blame, etc. But that is a whole other talk.

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