TEHRAN (FNA)- A top military advisor to the Iranian Supreme Leader warned Riyadh that its military intervention in Bahrain serves as a prelude and pretext for foreign invasion of Saudi Arabia in case popular protests increase in the Arab country.
“The presence and attitude of Saudi Arabia (in Bahrain) sets an incorrect precedence for similar future events, and Saudi Arabia should consider this fact that one day the very same event may recur in Saudi Arabia itself and Saudi Arabi may come under invasion for the very same excuse,” Supreme Leader’s Advisor for Military Affairs Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi told reporters on Monday.
He condemned the Saudi military deployment in Bahrain for the suppression of the popular uprisings in the tiny Persian Gulf island, reminding that the Saudi move violates the international laws as it is a military intervention in Bahrain’s internal affairs.
“The Saudi treatment of the defenseless people in Bahrain is condemned by the Islamic teachings as well,” Safavi added.
Demonstrators in Bahrain have been demanding constitutional reforms as well as an end to the 230-year-old monarchy, with hundreds camping out peacefully in the capital’s Pearl Square since February 14th.
Bahraini security forces have been brutally suppressing anti-government protesters. So far, at least 40 people have been killed, almost 100 have gone missing and about 1,000 others have been injured.
Tension is growing high after the Saudi military intervention in Bahrain. Bahrain, which hosts the US Navy’s fifth fleet, is viewed as a very sensitive and determining factor in the power equations of the region.
To help the Bahraini government crush the anti-government protests, Saudi Arabia has deployed over 1,000 troops in the country.
In relevant remarks earlier today, a prominent Saudi political activist stressed unpopularity of the Saudi ruling system among the country’s people, and warned Riyadh of the dire consequences of its military intervention in Bahrain.
Speaking to FNA, Mohammad al-Mos’ari voiced strong opposition to the Saudi military intervention in Bahrain to suppress peaceful protesters in the tiny Persian Gulf Island, and stated, “I believe that the fire of Bahrain’s revolution will spread to Saudi Arabia.”
The Saudi politician and activist also described Riyadh as the main element to be blamed for major problems in the other Persian Gulf littoral states.
“All problems will be solved in case the Al-Saud regime is toppled, “Mosari noted, and predicted that Saudi and Bahraini rulers would continue suppression of the Bahraini people.
Al-Mos’ari said he believes “any free opinion poll in Saudi Arabia would reveal that at least 70% of the people want the overthrow of the Al Saud dynasty”.
He further underlined that a revolution in the Kingdom is now very likely, and noted, “I believe that popular protests will not be silenced.”