Predictably, the Western media has started warning about Saudi hegemony over Bahrain. The Washington Post talks about Bahrain as a Saudi colony and describes this as a “counterrevolutionary” measure. Do any of them care what Bahrainis think?
On 14 March 2011 as Peninsular Shield forces crossed the Saudi causeway into Bahrain, law and order in our country was in a state of near collapse; armed groups were prowling the city, there were frequent attacks against expatriates; neighbourhoods were setting up ad-hoc checkpoints and citizens of other sects were subject to attack. Many feared civil war.
Thus, there was nothing strange in many of us feeling a huge sense of relief at seeing these troops entering Bahrain. Although Gulf troops weren’t involved in countering the violence, they provided the much needed capacity and within a couple of days levels of sectarian violence had significantly decreased.