Iain Lindsay: "I am Charles Belgrave!"

2014-12-16 - 6:11 م

Bahrain Mirror (Exclusive): In 1816, Bahrain's ruler, Abdullah Bin Ahmad Al Khalifa, was eagerly awaiting the arrival of Captain Bruce, the Political Resident in the Gulf, anticipating the moment he steps off his ship. It was the first visit paid by the empire on which the sun never sets; it was a long-awaited visit. Great joy filled the heart and mind of the Bedouin, whose only thought was of gaining rewards for his tribe rather than a national state, as stated in some of the royal family's publications in an attempt to deceive us.

It is the same mind, heart and attitude the royal family had, which has never changed. In 1843, Mohammad Bin Khalifa, "The Reckless Bedouin," as the Historian Nasiri Al-Khairi described him, was also waiting for the British ally to help him defeat his uncle. He was the first Al Khalifa friend of the "Great Tribe" (Britain), so described by tribesman who had no concept of a nation state.

In 1869, Issa Bin Ali lay in wait for the Britons, to be chosen as the leader who vows to take no step in Bahrain unless he has the permission of those who appointed him. Also, in 1923, Hamad Bin Issa waited for the British vessels to besiege Manama and force his father to step down, so that he would come to power amid the opposition of pro-government tribes. In 1926, he anticipated the arrival of British Advisor Belgrave in order to take over the authority on his behalf!

Never have they stop waiting. In 2013, King Hamad Bin Issa explicitly said to the British: "Who told you to leave?" We have been waiting for you since 1816, and until this day, we are still waiting for you. This island is a partnership between us and our relationship defines our common interests in this partnership."

Indeed, before the end of 2014, the British had actually returned to Bahrain, bringing with them the vocabulary of the 19th century's imperialism: "East of Suez", i.e. the Gulf. Therefore, following the first treaty of occupation signed 200 years ago, Bahrain's king signed another agreement with Britain, allowing them to establish, this time, an already paid for military naval base. This return has sparked an uproar on English and western media, which found no explanation for this action but to offer "protection" and "support" to the Bahraini regime once again!

Bahrain is a tribal reward, in the eyes of the ruling family, in which they are "investing" with the foreign English colonialists since signing Bahrain's treaty of friendship or peace in 1820. This treaty aimed at providing a route for the practices of piracy. Al Khalifa at that time were the most prominent group practicing piracy, for they have turned Bahrain into a market for selling commodities obtained by pirates of the Gulf.

What proves that the Al Khalifa family still considers Britain to be a trade partner in their "prize" (Bahrain) is an investigative report recently published by the Financial Times, which established that King Hamad sold underwater plots to himself in exchange for stakes in multibillion dollar ventures with Islamic banks. He later established a group of companies, assigned to "make investments in London". This group purchased more than 21 luxury investment properties in Britain for over 900 million dollars, with its capital represented in the underwater plots!

From London, Premier Group, an investment vehicle owned by the king, manages all of the King's private projects in Bahrain (Bahrain Bay, Diyar al-Muharraq, and other projects). These are projects that promise billions of dollars in returns every year, and are worth more than $22bn.

Thanks to Britain, Hamad Bin Issa and his family now own the Four Seasons Hotel, a retreat run by Marriott Hotels, and an office block opposite Harrods in the city of fog!

A person familiar with the financial dealings of the King's companies told the Financial Times that "the company chose London as an investment haven".

Thus, what is happening now is not only a recall of the imperialistic history, but also a combination of common political and trade interests, whose instruments differ depending on the factor of time, and the place remains the same: Bahrain's coastlines.

However, figures, even if they changed, they are by no doubt repeating themselves: For instance, many say that the British Ambassador Iain Lindsay's personality resembles that of the British Advisor to Bahrain Charles Belgrave (1926-1957).

Lindsay's recent intensified statements left no doubt that he is nothing more than a British employee in the Bahraini government, acting as an official spokesman, and military and trade coordinator; and serving Bahrain's diplomacy, security, media, economy, judiciary reform, and counter-terrorism. Of course, the opposition reacts to this...In the end, he is also "the King's close friend", even though he didn't name his son "Hamad" as Belgrave did!

The ruling tribe proves the following equation: "Liberation from Britain=Liberation from the Al Khalifa family". They both represent autocracy and in order to be liberated from this autocracy, this anticipation, which has long-existed since 1816 to date, must be broken.

Date: December 13th 2014




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