Apart from before and during the Formula 1 race, coverage of the unrest in Bahrain has generally been neglected. Now it appears to be disappearing from the western media’s radar completely. Hardly surprising, now that all eyes are on Syria where, according to most of the mainstream press, the one certainty is that “Bashar al-Assad is finished.” Well, if he is we shouldn’t be too surprised, just as we shouldn’t be too surprised to discover that we have to turn to “RT” to discover that “violent clashes erupted in Bahrain as thousands protested the government’s move to limit political marches.”
Of course, what happens next in Syria has not quite been thought through. However, whatever happens will bring the West, in alliance with Israel, and the Gulf Cooperation Council states, a step closer to Iran. On the other hand, Bahrain …… well, Bahrain is just not a part of that equation and we might be sure that in the aftermath of the chaos and carnage in Syria, Lebanon and Iran any disturbances on the island kingdom will be conveniently ignored with that chaos and carnage more than sufficient to catch our attentions. Moreover. when the “regime change” in Tehran is in place, we might also be sure that there will be no second thoughts for the protesters in Bahrain, because ….. well, if the al-Khailifas Bahrain does have a place in the equation it is as one little constant, which shouldn’t be changed. That, after all, could set a very different ball rolling, one which might lead to regime change where …. well, where it is not supposed to happen.