Yemeni protesters raise their shoes as they shout slogans
against President Ali Abdullah Saleh (Guardian)
The Mubarak regime in Egypt provided a vital figleaf for the US support of Israel. And Bahrain is a key US military hub.
So no need to wonder why the US, Britain and France for decades have been comfortable with the dictatorships. And big need for Obama and Clinton to wonder what to do now.
NPR article : Bahrain a US military hub
Guardian editorial: Hilary Clinton called Bahrain a model partner