Hadi was the only candidate, so not much democracy there. So in Iraq the Shia persecuted the Sunni and in Yemen it’s the opposite. All we need is one more match to light the flame and we got a regular conflagration over there. (It might even happen without that match.) All this is the legacy of the U.S. intervention over there, both the invasions and supporting corrupt and dictatorial regimes!) Something for the jingoists over here to be proud of!
The GCC countries are all reportedly backing the Saudi intervention in Yemen with the sole exception of Oman. Oman has long had the best relations with Iran of any GCC country, and was the intermediary that originally brokered the nuclear talks; it has also been aloof from GCC plans for a joint military force, so its absence from the Saudi coalition is not a surprise.
Besides, Oman is preoccupied. On Monday Sultan Qaboos returned to his country after eight months in Germany for medical treatment of an undisclosed ailment. For the first time in his 45 years on the throne, he missed the country’s National Day (his birthday) in November and addressed the country from Germany.
Qaboos is now the longest-serving Arab leader; he has no children or siblings, and no designated heir apparent; and at 74 he appears frail and much thinner in recent photos (below). Official statements have claimed his medical treatment was a success, but the nature of his illness and the reasons for the eight-month absence remain unclear.
Besides, using nuclear bomb is going to cost Iraq millions of dollars, so I don’t think they would allow any country to drop nuclear bomb on ISIS positions…… What are they going to do with the fall out? How many years should they not live in there ? Who is going to clean that mess up? Bet ISIS won’t !
All eyes at the moment are glued to the news about the aerial attacks by a coalition of Saudi, GCC and Jordanian planes (with more to come it seems) on Huthi and military targets in Yemen. This is not a scenario I want to see; this is not a commentary I want to write. Yemen is imploding, the victim of long standing foreign involvement, local rivalries fueled by the insecurity with the removal of Ali Abdullah Salih and, in large part, the insatiable drive of Salih and his supporters to regain power. The Arab Spring removal of Salih was relatively peaceful, at least in terms of a military standoff and an explosion that could easily have ended Salih’s life but for the grace of the Saudis to put him back together. Guns abound in Yemen, as everyone knows, but the kind of hate-fueled warfare that has engulfed Iraq and Syria had not erupted. There was a national dialogue that most, but not all, groups participated in. There was a glimmer of hope.
This morning that glimmer seemed much dimmer, following on the rapid turn of events since the Huthi takeover of Sanaa and the recent escape of President Hadi to Aden. Yemen’s fragmented military is no match for the Saudi coalition arsenal directed by American intelligence. A bunch of gabilis in pick-up trucks may look tough on first glance, but they might as well be riding chariots. Reports suggest Saudi Arabia has assembled a force of some 150,000 at their border, with fears that a local RISK game will break out after the bombing has nullified the capacity of the Huthis to resist any advance.
I am sure there will be desperate efforts made to connect the co-pilot with radical Islam….. as if only Muslims did such horrible things. Anders Breivik, right wing Christian, also committed a horrendous crime that resulted in the deaths of many innocent kids. It will be interesting to know what made this man act this way. The mental stability of pilots should always be checked periodically. Some suffer from mental issues, but never take medication as it will show in their medical tests, and may affect their jobs. As a passenger this is frightening.
But at some point we’re still going to be greeted as liberators, right?
Saudi Arabia, traditionally the epitome of caution when it comes to military action, appears to be committing to a full-scale intervention against the Houthis in Yemen, with air strikes and a reported ground force commitment of 150,000 men, and with Pakistan, Egypt, and the other GCC states offering to assist.
Reports from (pro-Saudi) Al-Arabiya, all unconfirmed:
Saudi Arabia has deployed on Thursday 100 fighter jets, 150,000 soldiers and other navy units after it launched its operation against the Houthi rebels in Yemen, Al Arabiya News Channel reported.
The Saudi aerial deployment enabled the Royal Saudi Air Force to be in control of Yemen’s space early Thursday.
Reports also emerged that top Houthi leadership including Abdulkhaliq al-Houthi, Yousuf al-Madani, Yousuf al-Fishi were killed and head of the Revolutionary Committee for the Houthis, Mohammed Ali al-Hothi, was wounded.
Pakistan and Egypt announced their participation in the ongoing Saudi-led military campaign against with air and naval forces, Al Arabiya News Channel reported.
Al Arabiya said Egypt, Pakistan and Sudan have also expressed their readiness to contribute ground troops in the campaign.
The UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and Jordan have also deployed fighter jets to join the Saudi air force in the ongoing air campaign against Yemen’s Houthi rebels, Al Arabiya News Chanel reported.
The UAE has deployed 30 fighter jets, Bahrain 15, Kuwait 15, Qatar 10 and Jordan 6 warplanes, according to the news channel.
This would appear to be a more direct intervention outside the Kingdom’s boundaries than any Saudi action since support for royalist forces in Yemen during the civil war of the 1960s.
Another civil war juat was internationalized. I’ll have more to say as we learn more.
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The term traitor is strictly accurate, although not because they sympathize with a foreign state. Treason is defined carefully in the US Constitution as making war upon these United States. But economic coercion is the modern form of warfare, as economic force has replaced military force as the principal form of coercion. Those who use economic force to control the US government are indeed traitors.
That includes the oligarchs who control US elections and mass media and thereby politicians. It includes politicians who accept money from foreign powers and PACs like AIPAC that thereby control US policy. They have denied democracy to We the People, and all means to restore it, other than following Jefferson’s advice that “the tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of tyrants.”
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“UN created Israel in 1947.”
This is inaccurate.
The United Nations General Assembly passed its Partition Plan on November 29, 1947 that was merely advisory in nature.
The State of Israel was not declared until May 14, 1948 when the British Mandate ended. It was the agreement of the British government – who voted against the General Assembly’s Partition Plan – that made the birth of the State of Israel a reality.
Comment on Unprecedented CO2 Crimes: Next time, Let’s Call it “Cyclone ExxonMobil” by different clue
It it helps things any, I read some of the material presented here as fact-based material years before I had heard of DRG.
And I read it in places other than here. I suspect DRG read it in those same places.
I read long ago that 80F was the threshhold temperature for ocean water warm enough to gas off hurricane-loads of water vapor into the overlying air. If a hurricane gets started over a huge zone of 80F or higher ocean, it can somewhat “govern” its maximum growth by its own winds wave-churning ocean water deep enough to reach down and mix under-80 water with the 80 water at the surface. Drag the surface below 80 and less-than-hurricane loads of vapor can gas off into the air.
If one deepens the layer of 80+ water on the surface, it stands to reason that one could set higher the bar at which
the hurricane can finally wind-whip the ocean deep enough to drag up the now-deeper-down under 80 water. IFF! . . all other conditions were as perfect as before for the formation of a hurricane otherwise. I don’t see why that becomes false or unreasonable just because it is repeated by someone who is accused of being discredited on some other issue-area.
As to the hysteria of “saving the planet”, the planet will save itself, thank you very much. If saving itself involves exterminating species man, the planet will do that without batting a hurricane’s eye. The planet got along fine before it met us, and it will get along fine once we’re gone. The planet could give a rat’s ass whether mankind lives or dies.
We should worry about preserving conditions which are beneficial to the lifestyle to which we humans have become accustomed. THAT is what man made climate change is putting at risk right now.