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Bahrain too faces its own disaster supported by Iran. Shiite dominated youth constantly flood the streets protesting against Bahrain’s Sunni regime. These students are often seen supporting Ali Salman—a Twelver Shiite educated in Iran who still maintains strong allegiance to the Iranian regime and is President of the Wefaq political party.
Salman has stated that “there is no Shia-Sunni conflict; the conflict is between freedom seekers and dictatorship defenders.” Let’s not be fooled by such rhetoric. What is taking place in Bahrain is virtually identical to that which is occurring in Kuwait—Iranian backed Shiites taking to the streets.
Contrary to popular belief, the United States does have strong relations in the Arab world. Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Jordan, UAE, Qatar, etc. have all assisted in the War on Terror. Yes, some terrorists have come out of those nations but the United States too has a history of our own terrorists. In the end, these nations are on the brink of a major tipping point. Regimes are being toppled like a domino effect due to the recent Arab Spring and Iran is behind a lot of this mess.
Now, Palestinians seek statehood. The Palestinian people have constantly engaged in terrorist activities against Israel and the great majority of their operations have been directly tied to Iran. If the Palestinians get their wish, they will be the little child of Iran.
We can worry about Iran’s nuclear endeavors all we want. The real threat posed by the Shiite terror sponsoring regime stems from its current activities of proxy warfare throughout the Middle East. President Obama, or a newly elected American President, will be forced to deal with Iran. Sanctions will not marginalize Iranian activities so the real question must be asked—how will any American President deal with Iran?
Kerry Patton is the Co-Founder of the National Security Leadership Foundation, a non-profit organization pending 501c (3) status. He has worked in South America, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe, focusing on intelligence and security interviewing current and former terrorists, including members of the Taliban. He is the author of “Sociocultural Intelligence: The New Discipline of Intelligence Studies” and the children’s book “American Patriotism.” You can follow him on Facebook.
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