Tomorrow, I will drive over to Bahrain for three days and you might expect me to be cultivating my interest in this region at the moment. Well, to some extent that is the case and my feeling when I went there yesterday was that, away from the expat bubble, Manama is not a particularly merry place.
The lads in the cafe gave me the tales of woe from their village and the pictures of this little islands ruling troika, which adorn a variety of retail outlets, could only fail miserably in their hopeless attempt to portray any type of unity in a society which appears to be hopelessly divided. Still, such divisions are of no real concern to the beer swilling, sitting by the swimming pools, western expat community. No, it is not Manchester or Munich, but, hey, down in this part of the world John Bull and Uncle Sam still rule the roost.
Of course, things have to be done to ensure that continues to be the case.and Naomi Klein’s “shock therapy” is an appropriate introduction to the rest of the story. “Disaster Capitalism”, Thatcher and Reagan, and the destruction of the manufacturing base in their countries, and where were they to go. Well, there is of course “fictive capitalism”, selling castles in the air, and we all know where that led to. Nevertheless, they needed another “fictive” and there was me a couple of weeks ago going through the security at Manchester Airport. Yes the “fictive” terrorist threat and a whole new industry has been created.
“Contractors reap $138 bn from Iraq War” and you might want to check which of those contractors are involved in servicing this new “security” industry. Still, capitalism cannot stand still and there we have Obama in Israel and some silly lady on “Al Jazeera” telling us of Obama and Netanyahu’s supposedly new modus vivendi, where the American president does not put pressure on Israel when it comes to the Palestinians, while the Israeli “führer” does not pressure America when it comes to Iran.Yes, a massive security industry is built on a fictive security and, of course, there is the oil.
And here the circle is closing and, while you might not get into a GCC state with an Israeli stamp in your passport, we just might have Israeli planes flying over the skies of Arabia in the not too distant future as they set out to bomb Iran and further this woeful capitalist model. …. and the pretext, for allowing them too? Well, Iran is predominantly Shia and the Gulf states are ruled by Sunni elites Yes, it is all back to the battle of Karbala and back to the two young lads in the cafe, who appeared to be just a trifle sad, and very excluded, from that life of laldy in Bahrain.