Monday, March 14, 2011

Wow. That escalated quickly.

This morning while watching the news, I saw reports that the tear gas and rubber bullets were brought out again in Bahrain. The protesters have figured out that they're just being placated, so they decided to march on the business district of Bahrain to hit 'em where it hurts, as they say. In a country that stamps your passport with greetings like, "Welcome to Business Friendly Bahrain," I should have known that this sort of move would not be taken lightly.

This afternoon, the Mister and I were welcomed home by machine guns and tanks lined up on the causeway going to Bahrain. Literally. Saudi is sending in the troops. There are two trucks with machines guns blocking the entrance to the bridge. It looks like non-military people are not being allowed to go onto the causeway.

Judging by the license plates, these cars are a mix of Saudis and Bahrainis. A lot of Bahrainis work in Saudi Arabia, and considering there was no indication of this sort of action as of this morning, they must have left for work this morning with no back up supplies. I wonder where they're going to spend the night. Oy.

(side note: the article linked above cites a Reuters source stating that Saudi troops were mobilizing early this morning...unless they mean before the sunrise, I'm not sure what they're talking about. It was business as usual this AM)

Of course, we're totally safe over here. The Mister and I are going to leave in a bit to go to a game of ultimate frisbee. Life continues in the Kingdom as usual. Minus a few tanks and such, of course.

Vicariously yours,

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