Bahrain has been curiously excluded from all the excitement about the “Arab Spring.” One explanation that has arisen is an alleged agreement between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, wherein the Saudis green-lighted airstrikes on Libya in exchange for muted criticism of Saudi assistance to the Sunni regime in Manama in crushing a Shi’ite uprising.
The Iranian regime, meanwhile, sees the opportunity for yet another client state in the region, and appears again to be doing what it does best in order to achieve it: asymmetrical warfare with plausible deniability.
“Bahrain says Iran-linked terror plot uncovered,” from Associated Press, November 12:
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) “” Bahrain says a terrorist cell plotting attacks against the Gulf kingdom has been uncovered by security officials in neighboring Qatar and that the four suspects have links to Iran.
The Interior Ministry says in a statement Saturday that the four detained Bahrainis had a laptop containing sensitive security information about sites like the Saudi Embassy and the Interior Ministry building in Bahrain’s capital.
Bahrain’s Sunni monarchy got help from Saudi Arabia in cracking down on a Shiite-led protest movement ignited by the uprisings sweeping the Arab world. Both nations fear that regional rival and Shiite power Iran is aiding the unrest.
The suspects have been extradited to Bahrain.