by Ralph Schoenman
28 March, 2011
Friday, March 25th dawned in Manama as F 16 fighter jets, rocket launchers exposed, soared low over Pearl Square, across Manama and out over villages and towns throughout the island kingdom of Bahrain.
The spectacle of super-sonic war planes, bearing rocket cannons, soaring over unarmed civilians protesting for democratic rights against an autocratic regime pointed to the real relation of forces on display. U.S. imperial reach in the entire region is present in the form of the Fifth Fleet with its attack aircraft carriers, missile arsenal and supersonic attack jets at the ready.