Dec.6, 2013 - "U.S. Def. Sec. Chuck Hagel and Britain's FM William Hague were among several senior Western delegates to address the conference on 'regional security,' enthusing about high-minded democratic principles to their unelected dictatorial hosts, the Al Khalifa rulers, surrounded by representatives of other Persian Gulf Arab dictatorships, prime among them the absolute tyrannical monarchy of the House of Saud. And yet outside, ordinary Bahraini civilians yearning to see these same principles put into practice were getting their heads cracked open by uniformed thugs acting under the orders of the very same despots applauding Hagel and Hague. Talk about inside-out, upside-down doublethink." (Finian Cunningham).