The despotic Bahraini regime is seeking to buy 12 Typhoon fighter jets from Britain as part of a billion - pound arms deal discussed recently in London, local media reported.
The deal was on agenda of this week’s visit to London by Bahraini despot Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa. The deal comes as the UK government and its allies, the U.S. in particular, are spearheading plots including military invasion, to topple the popular government of President Bashar al Assad in the other Middle Eastern Arab country of Syria. Bahrainis have been peacefully demonstrating since mid-February 2011, demanding political reform, a demand that later changed to an outright call for the ouster of the ruling al Khalifa regime following its brutal crackdown on popular protests. In Syria, the people’s peaceful call for change more than two years ago was hijacked by foreign-backed terrorists, which later turned it into a civil war. The UK government, the U.S. and some other European countries largely ignored the brutal crackdown of al-Khalifa regime on peaceful gathering of Bahrainis, in which dozens of people have so far been killed and thousands arrested and tortured. Yet, the same governments put their whole weight behind an armed insurgency in Syria which wants nothing less than a regime change. This double standard adopted by the British government sparked protests in London and elsewhere in the UK, where pro-democracy activists denounced policies of Prime Minister David Cameron, who was entertaining dictator King Hamad al-Khalifa in Downing Street. Chanting slogans and holding placards, campaigners urged the government to revise policies towards the oppressing regime of Manama. Human rights groups across Britain and the world have so far condemned Bahraini dictator’s brutality in the past two years against peaceful demonstrations calling for freedom of expression and an elected government in their country.