England Opens Naval Base in Bahrain
By Micah Halpern
Monday April 9, 2018
I've Been Thinking:
On Thursday England's Prince Andrew was in Bahrain and he, together with the Crown Prince of Bahrain, officially opened a permanent British naval base.
This is a very large step and the culmination of a series of diplomatic efforts dating back to 2014.
Bahrain is a critical location for the West.
Bahrain is host to the US 5th Fleet. It is perfectly pitched to guard the Straits of Hormuz, the narrow stretch of water through which 1/3 of the world's oil travels every single day.
Bahrain has close ties with Saudi Arabia and the US and Great Britain.
Most important, Bahrain is in place to check Iran. 85% of Bahrainians are Shiite Muslims and obviously close to Iran. The ruling family is a branch of the Saud family.
Bahrain wants to make certain that Iran's power and influence is checked in order to maintain order on their island.
The British navy will use this new base to help secure the region and keep it stable and friendly to Western interests.
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