Abdulla is director of Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain. He said today: "It's obvious that the Saudi and Bahraini regimes are cynically exploiting the world's grief over the tragedy in Japan. They hope few are noticing that Saudi forces moved into the small nation of Bahrain yesterday to back the autocratic regime and attack the pro-democracy movement. Today, the King of Bahrain declared martial law and attacked protesters, hundreds have been wounded. At least two have been killed, one by Saudi forces, another by Bahrani regime forces. They have even attacked a hospital. Sec. of Defense Robert Gates was just in Bahrain. The U.S. has 6,000 soldiers in Bahrain. The U.S. is in a position to put a stop to these atrocities now -- they are escalating and unless stopped will likely lead to a total massacre."
William Black is an associate professor of economics and law at the University
of Missouri, Kansas City and the author of "The Best Way to Rob a Bank Is
to Own One."