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Iran fails again in Bahrain

The recent measures taken by Bahrain are sovereign, and Iran has no right to judge them

Turki Aldakhil

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Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani threatens the Gulf with fire. The recent measures taken by Bahrain are sovereign, and Iran has no right to judge them.

The West does not fully comprehend Bahrain’s circumstances, and does not know the extent of the threat that Shiite cleric Issa Qassem represents. The country’s measures were pre-emptive, to avoid the establishment of a Bahraini Hezbollah that resembles the Lebanese Shiite party.

Bahrain revoked Qassem’s citizenship based on certain givens. He has been working for four decades on inciting strife and attempting to take over governance. He also has a group of secret individuals to communicate with Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

A source recently told Ash-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper how Qassem had received large amounts of money, was assigned tasks by different references - mainly Khamenei - and was allowed to act freely with the money he received.

Iran masters the language of blood and fire, while Gulf countries adopt the logic of the state and abide by the law as a reference

Turki Aldakhil

Ideology

Qassem’s ideology was developed in the Iraqi city of Najaf. He then joined Al-Dawa Party, the Shiite version of the Muslim Brotherhood. He wanted to establish a religious state and turn Bahrain upside down so it becomes a branch of Iran.

The problem is that the Western vision of Arab events is always lacking, and the human rights angle that is adopted in media rhetoric aims to twist the arms of regimes and societies.

Bahrain is taking sovereign measures, just like Saudi Arabia did when it carried out executions earlier this year. Iran masters the language of blood and fire, while Gulf countries adopt the logic of the state and abide by the law as a reference.

Soleimani’s statements following Bahrain’s measures prove Iran’s terrorist role in the region and the world.

This article was first published in Okaz on June 23, 2016.
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Turki Aldakhil is the General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel. He began his career as a print journalist, covering politics and culture for the Saudi newspapers Okaz, Al-Riyadh and Al-Watan. He then moved to pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat and pan-Arab news magazine Al-Majalla. Turki later became a radio correspondent for the French-owned pan-Arab Radio Monte Carlo and MBC FM. He proceeded to Elaph, an online news magazine and Alarabiya.net, the news channel’s online platform. Over a ten-year period, Dakhil’s weekly Al Arabiya talk show “Edaat” (Spotlights) provided an opportunity for proponents of Arab and Islamic social reform to make their case to a mass audience. Turki also owns Al Mesbar Studies and Research Centre and Madarek Publishing House in Dubai. He has received several awards and honors, including the America Abroad Media annual award for his role in supporting civil society, human rights and advancing women’s roles in Gulf societies. He tweets @TurkiAldakhil.

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