The Bahrainian royal family is plenty worried about the unrest in their country.
The rulers are Sunni's but about 70 percent of the population is Shiite (Shia). The pressure for political reform and job opportunities might be the primary motivation behind the protests, but religion is not out of the picture. Last Sunday thousands gathered at their version of the town square to let their grievances be known.
Reverting to the old tried and true bribery method they think has worked so well for them in the past, the Saudis are pitching the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on an aid package for Bahrain and Oman as well (also predominately Shiite). Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia are the members of the Council. The Saudi's would be glad to fork over the money but it looks good if they have some front men along with them.