"None of us are free"
By: Kian Mokhtari
"Many Bahrainis blame British national Ian Henderson for the recent violent crackdown on thousands of pro-democracy protesters"; and not without good reason. From Africa to the Middle East, over the last fifty years, wherever Britain's Colonel Ian Henderson has lent a hand to oppressive regimes, reports have emerged of physical, psychological and sexual abuse of political detainees.
Mr Henderson's line of work is to suffocate the cries for justice. Mind you he is certainly not the first, nor will he be the last for as long as humanity takes pleasure in inflicting pain on its own. Ian Henderson's connection with Bahrain goes way back a long way. He served as the head of Bahrain's state security for thirty years until 1998. During his time in the post, he got fabulously rich through introduction of torture techniques to take the edge off the dissenting Bahraini voices. Dozens of reports have been made about his ill treatment of political prisoners to the UN, but to date, none have been acted on by the world body –probably because there's no money in it.
Ian Henderson physically took part and pleasure in the gruesome proceedings of his deviant practices as many older Bahraini Shia citizens would certify.
In his advanced years now, the aging sadist is grimly hanging on as advisor to his raggedy-headed majesty, king Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa.
And wouldn't you know it the all out assault on Bahraini Capital Manama's Pearl Square by the Bahraini army had in fact been planned by Mr Henderson. The crackdown left seven dead and hundreds of others wounded. People where even shot at with large caliber machine guns as they made their way to the hospital to find their friends and loved ones.
The raggedy king, whose name and title is longer than Bahrain's coastline, praised his murderous mercenaries for killing his dissenting subjects after the military assault on Pearl Square.
But the demonstrators have seen it all before, especially during the 1980s when the Shia population was mercilessly "put into its place" by Isa al-Khalifa's torturers. The Bahraini people now want king Isa bin whatever, to end his cruel imposition on the Persian Gulf Island. The freeloading, out of touch and glove puppet raggedy doll monarch must vacate his many palaces and take off.
Meanwhile a good cop, bad cop routine -probably also devised by Mr Henderson- has come into play. The Bahraini Crown Prince Sheikh Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa -al-whatever feels good- "graciously" stepped in and ordered the army to leave Pearl Square.
This is absurd.
So where was the supposedly reform-minded prince all these years? Womanizing abroad or at home like many other raggedy-phony princes from propped up raggedy monarchies in that part of the world?
In any case, the Crown Prince Sheikh Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa is said to have ordered the military to withdraw from the streets.
However shortly afterwards, protesters stormed the square and took it back. The police fired round after round of teargas and rubber bullets. In fact so much was fired at the protesters that the police ran out of ammunition. And then the "police surrendered".
At this moment his raggedy majesty, king Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa is attempting to hold national dialogue with a nation he has never legitimately ruled over.
This in utter desperation to hang on to his sorry throne.
The streets of Bahrain's capital, Manama are roaring with the sounds of a very long overdue revolution. Massacres of the innocent, torture by hired mercenary deviants like Henderson or heavy police and army crackdowns will no longer suffice. The king is a lost cause and princes from his "right royal household" also must lend an ear to the people's calls for justice.
The people of Bahrain would be well advised to make the necessary arrangements for a government of the people, by the people, for the people. Raggedy, glove-puppet, Western oriented Sheikhdoms are an embarrassment.