A prominent Bahraini opposition leader says his al-Wefaq movement has begun carrying out increasingly sophisticated armed resistance operations against the ruling al-Khalifa government and the “Saudi occupation”.I've recently wondered what happened to the Bahraini protests of which I posted numerous articles in 2011 (see this, this, and this). Well, it appears that they have evolved into an armed resistance against the rule of the Saudi friendly family rule of Khalifa. Although Bahrain is supposed to be a constitutional monarchy, look at the Wikipedia entry to find out who staffs all the important government posts. Incidentally, or maybe not, the US Empire has a major naval base in Bahrain that supports the Fifth Fleet.
Sayyed Murtada al-Sanadi said that the ruling al-Khalifa monarchy and its Saudi backers gave no opportunity for dialogue or negotiations despite eight years of peaceful protests by the opposition.
We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up