Saudi troops come to aid
of monarchy in Bahrain
BY SETH GALINSKY
Faced with growing demonstrations for democratic rights and an end to discrimination against Shiite Muslims, Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa declared a state of emergency March 14. The day before, some 2,000 troops and police from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates entered Bahrain to aid the monarchy.
Worried about the stability of its close ally, Washington has dispatched Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Defense Secretary Robert Gates to Bahrain over the last few weeks to show support for the king, while urging some concessions in the hope they might stabilize the regime.
After opposition figures called the Saudi-led force an “overt occupation,” White House spokesperson Jay Carney stated, “This is not an invasion of a country.”