SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – An American author and Islamic studies expert says a Saudi proposal to merge with Bahrain is analogous to Adolf Hitler’s Anschluss, Press TV reports.
“I think this is more of an alliance of Hitler’s Anschluss, when Nazi Germany invaded Austria,” said Kevin Barrett in an interview with Press TV on Saturday.
The American expert was referring to recent reports saying Saudi Arabia is seeking to merge with Bahrain in line with plans to unify the six Arab member states of the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council.
“The big difference is that the majority of people in Austria supported that. Whereas today, the vast majority of people in Bahrain will be horrified to be occupied by and digested into Wahhabi Saudi Arabia,” Barrett added.
“I think the Saudis are trying to keep the lid on protests in the region and they are trying to strengthen their position in Bahrain which they already invaded last year.”
Members of the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council, which includes Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Oman, are expected to meet and discuss closer union among the six countries on May 14.
Barrett said it would be “a good thing for countries in the Islamic world to join together according to a sort of European Union model… but in this case we have seen the most regressive countries, the sheikhdoms of the Persian Gulf that have been repressing their people for many decades up until very recently.”
The member states of the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council claim the purpose of the unity is to counter regional threats.
In December 2011, Saudi King Abdullah called on the council members to move “beyond the stage of cooperation and into the stage of unity in a single entity.”
However, some members of the council have expressed concern about Saudi Arabia’s possible dominance over the other five countries if the council becomes unified. - www.shafaqna.com