Is the US manipulating UN over Bahrain by Vladimir Remmer
FIRST PUBLISHED IN GDN Bahrain
As expected the news of crimes committed and arrests that have ensued in Bahrain has stimulated well rehearsed theatrics by Human Rights First’s own Brian Dooley and his lot. The US State Department joined the cacophony of voices condemning the move against Al Wefaq, and on June 16, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon decided to go personal and pushed the situation in Bahrain beyond diplomacy as he publicly expressed his dismay at actions allegedly aimed at restricting political opposition in Bahrain.
Mr Ban was not even nearly outraged and dismayed when his troops, the UN forces, engaged in sexual predation and bestiality instead of fulfilling the duty of protecting victims in conflict zones. And was Mr Ban equally dismayed when Reuters published results of investigation on rampant corruption at the highest levels of UN? The UN audits cited “important deficiencies” in the way the organisation and its staff interacted with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and overseas employees.
Charges of abuse of power and protectionism have plagued the UN and Mr Ban’s inept and hands-down management style have worsened it. As a dispassionate observer of international politics, I am asking myself the question: “What is the motivation behind criticising this sovereign kingdom exercising its domestic affairs?” It will take us to the point that at $8 billion per annum the US remains the major contributor to the UN budget. This amount is bigger than that of other 185 countries combined. Financial contributors provide strong motivation to adopt corrupt practices for all poorly-managed international organisations, and the UN financial audit proves this.
In Bahrain’s case, the UN is only speaking at the behest of its major donor – Washington, which has spearheaded fuelling sectarian crises and ethnic conflicts across the Middle East and North Africa eventually leading to perpetual despondency, displacement of entire populations seemingly abandoned by the UN and NGOs.
Let’s look at the mobilisation model of political movements attempting to subvert and eventually take control over a nation-state. In a nutshell, such groups face numerous challenges, with the most important one being the gathering of resources to carry out anti-governmental acts including arms and finances.
As we have seen, Bahraini government has showed extraordinary success in intercepting illegal weapons heading towards Bahrain, discovering handmade weapons and raiding explosive factories.
The recent success in tackling money laundering and illegal fund raising has caused irreparable damage to the ability of organised terror groups to move against the state. The new legal tools that allow strict control over opposition media that disseminate venomous, subversive, often false information, have blocked them from further creating havoc. Individuals found exerting deleterious influence on populations while acting on edicts from foreign entities now face revocation of citizenship.
The measures taken by the government have blocked the ambitions of terror groups fuelled by anti-national elements. Let’s not delude ourselves. Actions of the UN, the US administration and NGOs are extraordinarily precarious as they are designed to worsen the situation in the kingdom. Please remember, no global entity can impose unreasonable demands on a nation state. So,it is left upon us to gauge our critics and realise who they are, discern their true aspirations and protect our own future from threats, both foreign and domestic.