Bahrain has been in the news recently for calling in Saudi Arabia and other regional troops to help crush democracy protests last month. The U.S. reaction to the violence has been tempered. Observers who criticize recent U.S. and NATO interventions in the Middle East point to the U.S.
For awhile, it looked like Bahrain’s Sunni minority government might negotiate with the Shiite protesters camped out in the capital city Manama. That window of possibility closed after security forces fired on a crowd of demonstrators in March.
Not unlike in Libya, the monarchy in Bahrain has cracked down on protestors with foreign fighters. King Hamad bin Issa al-Khalifa has invited in troops from Saudi Arabia and imposed three months of martial law.