May 13, 1996 |
Just outside the U.S. 5th Fleet headquarters in this Persian Gulf oil emirate, teenagers throwing rocks recently clashed with police armed with tear gas and rubber bullets. The disturbances and police roundups lasted for days. But throughout it all, not one brick was hurled in the direction of the American base. That is among the incongruities in this small but strategic country. It has been shaken by 17 months of anti-government protests led by militant Islamic clerics.
October 22, 1988 |
In twos and threes, the young men strolled down the narrow streets of Bahrain's old commercial center on a languid October evening. Though they tried not to be conspicuous, the sailors of the U.S. Middle East force were given away by their speech, short haircuts and off-duty uniforms--T-shirts, blue jeans and, here and there, a baseball cap with "USS Vandegrift" spelled out in gold letters. Until recently, shore leave was unusual for U.S.