Out of Bahrain, a Tiananmen Square Moment?
Graphic video shows horrific face-to-face shooting
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 16, 2011 9:14 AM CDT
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(Newser) – The news out of Bahrain is bad—six reported dead in an assault on anti-government protesters today—but this video is worse. The extremely graphic and disturbing footage shows an altercation between a protester and a handful of police, who shoot the man from just a few feet away. New York magazine reports that it appears that the protester was urging them to stop shooting, and notes that it's not clear whether the police fired tear gas guns or regular guns. Nonetheless, the mag calls it "Bahrain's Tiananmen Square tank moment." Watch for yourself in the gallery.

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Mar 16, 2011 12:15 PM CDT
I guess that is what is called a sticky wicket, eh? Hypocrisy at it's best. We won't help out the Libyan's at all (don't use their oil) , yet will park our entire 5th Fleet in Bahrain and watch as Saudi Arabia marches in and starts killing protesters, like they were at home. And we'll let them get away with it. Personally, I think the Saudis just shot themselves right in the foot, they would have been better off staying out of it altogether. And we egged them into it by saying the Arabs need to take care of this shit themselves this time. The U.S. has a 50 year history of this: supporting dictators who keep their populations under a nice, tight fist, so the oil production can continue, and support the entire world-wide military-industrial complex. You are right Jack, try as we might, we ARE going to be involved, because when the oil stops, we become 3rd world until we get out own, private energy supplies in order i.e. clean and domestic. The spice must flow.
Mar 16, 2011 11:38 AM CDT
Today, events have escalated again. Now tanks and helicopters are being used against unarmed protesters. The hypocrisy of the West is amazing. Gaddafi uses aircraft, and they threaten war. Bahrain uses aircraft and Clinton says,"they are on the wrong track(about the Bahrain government)." It shows once again human rights are only a tool for the US to use in geopolitics. Human life really matters nothing to the US government. Of course we all know terrorists hate us for our freedom.... Here are two sites with more footage. WARNING VERY GRAPHIC http://www.enduringamerica.com/home/2011/3/16/bahrain-in-video-and-pictures-the-security-forces-move-quick.html http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread675397/pg1
Mar 16, 2011 10:19 AM CDT
People are saying that the US should not get tied up in yet another Middle East war, but I think they are making a fatal error in that assumption. The two wars that the US were tied up in, Iraq and Afghanistan, are occupation wars that were never supported by the native masses. These new uprisings in the Middle East are something entirely different, and they represent a true cultural and political sea of change in the Arab world. They should be supported militarily, if not, then the Arab system, which produces terrorism, will continue unabated. Of course, we all know what is going on here. The US government doesn't want to encourage a revolt in Saudi Arabia. PS. Nations like Saudi Arabia, and other OPEC nations, are the ones who are jacking up oil prices, not speculators, like myself. By it's very definition, OPEC is a an organization who's soul purpose is to create price collusion. Such a practice would be illegal in the states.