Patrick Henningsen, a journalist and editor of the 21st Century Wire, believes that the West will not care about human rights issue in Bahrain as long as it acts and votes in accordance with US foreign policy. "Generally they don't care in Washington or London what the Bahrainis do to their own people." He points out that Bahrain is a satellite state of Saudi Arabia and a satellite state in the region of the US and Britain. "They have incredible vested interests there in terms of petroleum contracts etc." The journalist also stresses the island's proximity to Iran makes it a strategic defense location in the Persian Gulf.
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