Iran Blinks Over Bahrain

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On Monday, May 16, Iran and the pro-American Arab states had a frightening stare-down as Iran sent a flotilla to Bahrain to support the Shiites protesting against the ruling Royal Family. The provocation came after months of heated rhetoric and threats. As the region stood on the verge of another major crisis and possibly war, Iran blinked.

The Iranian Revolution Supporters Association sent the two ships with about 150 activists, doctors and clerics onboard. One-third of the participants were women, and ten children were also included. The objective was to “bring a message of solidarity with the oppressed and tyrannized people of Bahrain.” An Iranian website had been registering volunteers to fight in Bahrain. Nearly 2,000 had been recruited by late March, and there were reports that the flotilla was transporting some of them.

The region was tense as the flotilla was dispatched. One former Bahraini legislator said it’d be an act of war if it entered the country’s waters, and the Gulf Cooperation Council offered membership to Jordan and Morocco. A senior Kuwaiti official told a newspaper, “Kuwait will not hesitate to defend the Kingdom of Bahrain against any danger that may threaten its security…Bahrain’s waters are a red line, and Kuwaiti naval forces deployed there…will not allow any Iranian ship to approach the kingdom’s shores.”

The flotilla stopped half-way and returned to Iran. The activists dropped 5,000 letters of support for the Bahraini protesters into the ocean. The reason for the abandoning of the mission was “the emergence of threats from the ships of the Peninsula Shield Force and the possibility of attacks.” Iran and those commanding the flotilla did not have the stomach for a repeat of the Turkish flotilla incident of May 31, 2010.

Iran’s decision to back away from direct confrontation is surprising because the Iranian regime has been trying to justify military intervention in Bahrain. The regime’s documentary about its role in Islamic prophecy, The Coming is Upon Us, made clear that it believes it is required to soon lead an Arab coalition in destroying Israel, and that the uprisings against pro-American governments is a fulfillment of that destiny.

Supreme Leader Khamenei’s representative to the universities boldly said, “The uprising in Bahrain is the best opportunity to begin setting the stage for the emergence of the Twelfth Imam, our Mahdi. He also said, “The situation in Bahrain alone could be the catalyst to cause the disintegration of the United States and lead to the downfall of that straw empire.”

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  • flowerknife_us

    Poor Iran. Being blamed for starting a war suddenly didn't seem like such a good idea.

    Israel needs to be a bit more like Bahrain as to how a "flotilla" will be dealt with.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Iran and the pro-American Arab states had a frightening stare-down

    I hate to rain on your clueless parade, but there are no pro-American Arab states. Indeed, they are all about as pro-American as our loyal friend and ally Pakistan. Only if I worked for the US State Department or the Department of Defense could I be gullible enough to believe that Arab states are pro-American, but I don’t.

    • StephenD

      "Only if I worked for the US State Department or the Department of Defense could I be gullible enough…."I must take issue my friend. There are MANY of us that work for the Government but still believe in America and aren't gullible to or in support of the path we are now taking. Though it may be hazardous presently to ones career to say so, we still see our duty as belonging to preserving and protecting the Constitution from ALL ENEMIES…even if they're in our Government.

      • ObamaYoMoma

        In other words, you admit you have to pretend to be a self-hating politically correct leftwing loon to keep your job or not to loose your opportunity for promotion. Figures.

        Indeed, you present another reason to be against the expansion of government, as like every other institution in America, including even the Republican Party, it has been hijacked and co-opted by the Left.

    • Fred Dawes

      Did I read PRO AMERICAN ISLAM STATES? That is a total joke right? That is like saying the USA Was a pro nazi state in 1945.

  • tanstaafl

    "The activists dropped 5,000 letters of support for the Bahraini protesters into the ocean."

    Sounds like pollution to me! Where is Al Gore when you need him?

  • Allen

    The Kenyan citizen that presently occupies the Oval Office (you must know Obama is a dual citizen because of his birth father) is doing all he can to spread anti-Israel and anti-U.S. sentiment and policy and war. Some years ago, the end times flotilla arrived in the U.S. bringing Obama, and the U.S. did nothing. Read this linked affidavit on his fraudulent float to the top.

    • tanstaafl

      I believe that due to Obama's lack of interest in pursuing Kenyan citizenship; has meant that it has lapsed.

      However, Obama is the ONLY President ever elected in U.S. HIstory that possessed dual citizenship at the time of his birth AND the only President who had only one parent that was an American citizen. Obama's father never became an American citizen.

      The question is whether Obama is a "natural-born citizen" as required by the Constitution.

      • CHARLEY 60

        My teacher taught us that there was 7 presidents who had only 1 citizen parent at birth. I'll choose to believe him. When does this "myth" stop for heaven's sake?

        • tanstaafl

          Name them. Remember that marriage to an American citizen confers citizenship on the spouse. That did not occur in Obama's case.

  • Chezwick_mac

    Bullies typically back down when confronted.

  • joesixpack

    The 72nd month is not here yet. Iran's President believes that he is the set up guy of the 12th Imam. He took office on August 2, 2005. I expect Iran to make some serious moves this summer.

  • BLJ

    Akmadoofusdon is a wussie.

  • SAM000

    Bahrain is a small island, the 5th USA Naval base is in Bahrain, Bahrain do not have Oil and they are not reach.
    The USA NAVAL BASE do not interfere in the Bahrain's political life.
    Bahrain has no protection against Iran's Invasion.

    Bahrain Standed just against IRAN, that's all.
    The Mullahs of IRAN are just like the DOGS, if you stand against and you do not scape (like USA ), the Mullahs do not dare to attack.

    The Behavior of USA and EU against the thuggery of the Mullahs is shameful.

    If USA and EU do not appease the Mullahs of Iran, we can pull down this criminal regime in less than 2 months.

  • tanstaafl

    You are refering the "Sitz-krieg" of World War II?

  • Wesley69

    Iran has had a successful spring.

    Egypt's Mubarak is gone & relations are improving between those two countries.
    On the southern border of Saudi Arabia, Yemen is in the midst of a civil war.
    Turkey has improved relations with Iranian and has become more anti-Israel.
    The Iraqi government is very interested in ties.
    Lebanon is under the control of Iranian-backed Hezbollah and Iranian-backed Hamas has decided to make peace with Fatah and put pressure on Israel.
    Syria is having difficulty with protests, but with Iranian help, those protests are being crushed.
    The West is preoccupied with Libya. A strategic nobody.
    To top it off, Iran is still moving toward developing nuclear capabilites. The US doesn't seem to be interested in stopping Iran and more interested in forcing Israel to make concessions to the Palestinians.

    This has been a most productive spring indeed!

    • Ross

      It is not that the US is not interested in doing anything about Iran. Read your history man! US is coming to realize that it is powerless to do anything about Iran. I would argue that the US has done everything it can to stop Iran, and failed.

      • Carolin

        Well, not everything, obviously.

      • ObamaYoMoma

        Did it oust the ruling Mullahs and destroy its nuclear weapons program? I don't believe so. Indeed, the USA has done everything it can to encourage and embolden Iran.

  • Wesley69

    I disagree. It was a choice the US has made. It was not a question of getting the job done. Militarily, we have the capabilities. The resolve is not there with this administration. In face, Jerusalem Post announced today that Iran went nuclear.

  • Fred Dawes

    You know what this look's like to me the muslims are about to start killing each other and that maybe a good thing. i can only hope that Iran attacks and the islam war starts.