Safeguarding the security and sovereignty of Bahrain
Bahrain has never succumbed to Iranian blackmail and has stood tall to safeguard the stability of the country and welfare of its people
Iranian officials are continuously attacking Bahrain by issuing statements. Such statements have come from Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and even the President’s office.
However, Bahrain has never succumbed to Iranian blackmail and has stood tall to safeguard the stability of the country and welfare of its people. Iranian interventions in Bahrain expanded alongside some human rights international institutions not distinguishing between foreign agents who scheme against Bahrain and carry out vandalism, and between someone with a political opinion that does not affect the state security nor is he disloyal to it.
Bahrain prevailed and the enemies were silenced. Despite the growing pressure, Bahrain was forced to deploy the Peninsula Shield Force and the Gulf forces entered with all its capabilities. At the time, US secretary of state Hillary Clinton expressed outrage over Bahrain’s decision on an American channel. Unfortunately, the former US president did everything he could to get closer to Iran and gave up on America’s traditional allies in the region against the logic of history and the interests of America itself.
Obama was willing to give up more for the sake of the nuclear deal with Iran. He now has the blood of millions of Syrians on his hand as he should be held responsible for the killing and displacement of millions of Syrians and the chaos that made Iraq an easy prey for Iran following the US withdrawal. Nevertheless, Bahrain overcame the crisis with the full support of the Gulf.
Iran is better off governing its people and safeguarding its interests, and abandon the principle of “exporting the revolution” in all its formsAbdullah bin Bijad al-Otaibi
On January 15, Bahrain announced the execution of three terrorists who have killed the Emirati officer Tariq al-Shehi following a complete judicial ruling. We all recall the words of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in 2014 on the incident: “Our blood will not go in vain, we shall take revenge.” The day finally came where justice spoke loud and clear to prove that Bahrain doesn’t compromise on its stability, status and security.
On February 9, Bahrain’s Interior Ministry announced the arrest of fugitives from prison who escaped in early January, in a boat heading to Iran. This was another triumph of Bahrain in response to Iranian interventions and its determination to eliminate all terrorists and agents and thwart Iran’s intentions to threaten the authority and stability of Bahrain.
The Gulf Arab states do not hesitate to defend its legitimate rights and sovereignty over its territory. In all issues with Iran, the Gulf states have neither bargained nor compromised in the case of illegal interventions in Bahrain and on the issue of the three occupied UAE islands. They share a mutual will and a strong determination. With the restoration of the US’s international influence and its awareness regarding the subversive role of terrorism in the region and the world, Iran will find itself under siege once again.
Tehran’s attempts to attack Bahrain will backfire. Iran must bear the consequences of its aggression and interventions. Iran is better off governing its people and safeguarding its interests, and abandon the principle of “exporting the revolution” in all its forms.
The outstanding security achievement of the Kingdom of Bahrain is a clear message to abusers and agents alike, that the Kingdom of Bahrain will remain immune and decisive to the external interventions against the collaborators and traitors, and that it is a country for all Bahrainis with different religions, sects and denominations.
Bahrain was never Iranian anyway. It will remain an Arab kingdom with a deep rooted history, from the time of Awal, to Dilmun, down to the modern state of Bahrain.
Finally, Bahrain is the cannonball of the Gulf and an oasis of coexistence. It forcefully rejected all attempts to export the Iranian revolution the way it happened in Lebanon or Yemen, or the sabotage and destruction in Iraq and Syria.
This article is also available in Arabic.
Abdullah bin Bijad al-Otaibi is a Saudi writer and researcher. He is a member of the board of advisors at Al-Mesbar Studies and Research Centre.