This comic strip is about how the Cold War impacted Bahrain during the Cold War time period.
One impact is American Importance. Bahrain is important to America because the U.S. had a base there. Also because of the Suez Canal. Another reason is the Strait of Hormuz. These are very important water ways that Bahrain is centered around. Lastly Bahrain protects the interests of the U.S. in a 20-nation area.
The second impact is the impact of oil on Bahrain. America needed the oil. When America needed the oil, the oil business boomed for Bahrain. Bahrain supplied the oil and their economy advanced.
The third impact is the American base in Bahrain. Since America had a base in Bahrain, Bahrain could do certain things for America. An example of these certain things is getting oil and letting America transport it from west to the Persian Gulf. America heavily relied on this base.
The fourth impact is government. With all these changes going on, the Bahrainians demanded a larger amount of participation in their government. The government granted minor political reforms after widespread rioting in 1956. Sheik Isa Khalifah turned over some power to a 12-member Council of State. That council is currently called the Council of Ministers.
The last impact is independence. Britain withdrew from the Persian Gulf in early 1971. Later in 1971, Bahrain gained independence. Bahrain joined the Arab League and the United Nations. In 1973, Bahrain's government created a constitution that established a national assembly made up of representatives who were elected by the people.