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As Yemen Descends Further into Chaos, Saudi Military Mobilizing Near Border


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As Yemen Descends Further into Chaos, Saudi Military Mobilizing Near Border

Jon Queally, staff writer

As Houthis forces in Yemen reached the port city of Aden on Wednesday amid conflicting information of the whereabouts of embattled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, separate reporting indicated that Saudi Arabia is mobilizing its military forces along its southern border – fulfilling predictions of a total breakdown of peace efforts and stoking fears for a wider and more protracted conflict.


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From Wikipedia:
"The newly unified nation faced political crisis when an estimated 800,000 Yemeni nationals and overseas workers were sent home by Saudi Arabia following Yemen's decision not to support Coalition forces in the Gulf War. Remittances from these workers, an important part of the economy, were slashed and many Yemenis were placed in refugee camps while the government decided where to house them and how to re-integrate them into the workforce. The repatriation of these Yemenis immediately increased the nation's population by 7%."


The Saudis helped make a bad situation much worse.


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Brought to you by the Destabilizing States of America!


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Any empire will tear up the fabric of a people but i've never seen such a fast and intense progression as we've witnessed in the Middle East since 1990. Mexico and Central America are not far behind in their decent into chaos. We are already witnessing signs of blowback-- especially in Europe-- as marginalized communities grow more alienated and home grown anger seethes until a trigger releases it. Ferguson, for example. We need to work locally first: pay attention to our towns and neighborhoods, eat local, work local, take care of each other, disconnect more and more from the global political and economic system (i.e. food, energy, etc.) grow our networks consciously and encourage our neighbors to unplug from the t.v.


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It's appears the one percents idea of killing off 90% of the population is proceeding as planned.


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It seems the U.S. is pretty good at fostering civil wars around the globe with their insistence on adopting "corporate capitalism" as every country's political ideology. Unfortunately neither the U.S. nor Saudi Arabia are capable of mediating in an unbiased fashion and therefore will only make the situation worse. On top of all this, the U.S. and Saudi Arabia only provide aid when it is of a military nature thereby exposing the irony of being a legitimate 'peace broker'.
If an outside peace broker were serious about ending the hostilities, they would begin by offerring a legitimate meeting of all parties concerned with the goal of establishing an immediate cease fire, providing only humanitrain aid in exchange for disarming both sides and a pledge to accomodate all religious and ethnic groups with the goal of respecting everyone's differences so that all Yemenis could live in harmony with each other. But as every player in the region is already painfully aware of, contemporary America is incapable of offerring anything except military aid thereby disqualifying them from the peace process. The UN could provide an honest and transparent mediator, but the U.S. government would immediately reject any attempt by the UN to participate because it may negatively affect corporate interests in the region.
Unless the American people can seize control of their government from the corporate fundamentalists, a peaceful solution in Yemen seems highly unlikely.


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Your comment may sound like hyperbole to some, but I think there's a lot to it.

Population reduction is a "benefit" of all war, is it not? The Korean and Vietnam (undeclared) wars accomplished absolutely nothing but profits for the war industries and the killing of at least 5 MILLION people in Korea, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

Well over a million have died in the middle east since 1991, and these wars will quite likely go on forever.


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The USA should change its motto from "In God We Trust" to "Failed States R Us."

Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, not Yemen. War is a destabilizing force, and we have applied military action in a variety of forms and venues with destabilizing consequences and without the slightest clue what was going to take the place of the old orders. You would think we would learn, but there is too much ego, money, and institutional inertia to allow for that.


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Among the list of other destabilizing factors, I will insert the turmoil caused by US drone strikes and the previous Yemeni gov't's aquiescence at the top of the list as it caused them to get tossed out on their ass. This growing conflict has many fathers but certainly drone diplomacy sparked this keg.


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 I am glad to see so many people here are aware of the role the Saudis have played here, but one has to keep in mind they have been supported by the British and the USA.
 Yemen was divided into north and south portions between the British (south) and Ottoman (north) at the beginning of the 20th century.  Main resistance to outside control, whether Ottoman in the 16th and 17th centuries or British has been from the Zaydi.  Yet Zaydi influence has been contested by Sunni Wahhabi from Saudi Arabia and that conflict has continued to the present (King, 2012).  The present Houthi rising can be seen as a continuation of this conflict.   
 Aside from the Western Soviet support for different elements in Yemen's history, with Soviet (Russian) involvement going back to 1928 and an agreement followed shortly after 1926, when Imam Yahya declared himself king of the Mutawakkilite Kingdom of Yemen, becoming a temporal as well as a spiritual leader as a Zaydi.  The Houthis come from the Marran region of Sa'da district and Hashimi scholars. The Saudis (Sunnis) have pressured the Zaydis in northern Yemen ever since producing a war in 1934.  Saudi and Egyptian forces invaded the country sparking a war in the 1960s.  After the national reconciliation of 1970 and in 1990 a unification of north and south took place after liberation of the south from the British.  Saudi intervention continued resulting in civil war and has continued its interference with money and the infiltration of proselytizing.  Houthis are opposed to al-Qaeda and ISIS yet neither they nor Saudi elements have sufficient support to rule the country.

Saudi influence is historically destabilizing and corrosive.

see also: A. Hamid, Middle Eastern Studies, 2009.

Niccolo Caldararo, Ph.D.
Dept. of Anthropology
San Francisco State University


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Thanks. It's good to see a post based on real, broad based data. Informative and succinct.


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Crap. I'm so sick of this chit. I'm seeing reports that this is a Joint action with Uncle Sam providing air support????? The old training and advising baloney?

Sorta sounds like a proxy war using SA to make the strikes to me.

Flood the area with arms sales, and then knock em' down
Flood the area with arms sales, and then knock em' down
Flood the area with arms sales, and then knock em' down
Flood the area with arms sales, and then knock em' down
Flood the area with arms sales, and then knock em' down

Is this any way to run the world? It costs too much and the Green house gasses are roasting us all slowly.

We need another model based on Solar, Wind, mass rail transit manufacture in the USA.


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The population of the planet increases, resources are running out as climate change destroys more and more habitat.

And everywhere is war.


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Yes, because we all know that solar panels and rail systems are created by wood nymphs and do not use up resources.

Funny how people here understand that climate change is happening, but refuse to believe that these wars are a result of overpopulation and resource depletion due to environmental destruction.

Instead, it's so much easier to blame the United States, or corporations, or whatever.

Rail systems and solar panels? Okay, so where does the steel and silicone and other resources come from? Who mines it? And as droughts and fires and storms grow worse, and those supplies run low or access is difficult, then what happens?


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But the father no one talks about is climate change and overpopulation. Resources are running low. If you enjoy typing on your computer, then those resources have to come from somewhere.

As more and more people demand fewer and fewer resources, war is the usual outcome.

Blaming the United States is adolescent.


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Oh please. Yes, and everyone would be given ice cream cones and hugs.

Meanwhile the population would continue to grow and climate change would continue to destroy habitats and the environment making it more and more difficult to get resources for things like......... oh I don't know....... you're computer!


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How about if we accept that climate change is destroying habitats and environments are the world making it more and more difficult to get resources for all the consumer goods being used. Meanwhile the population grows as people totally ignore that as a problem.

Empire is just a scapegoat. You make it sound like some mad emperor is destroying the world on purpose. When in fact it's much more mundane. When you go to the store today, remember those resources were obtained through war.

And as the climate destroys more and more resources, more and more wars will occur.

As the population grows, more and more people will suffer.


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And the climate is making the entire region very much worse. Why is it that Commondreams readers know about climate change, but then ignore the effects on humans?

Why is it that people understand overpopulation, but then rather point fingers at anything but that.

Climate, overpopulation, energy, water....

Ignore them at our peril.


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Yes, and climate change and overpopulation have nothing to do with it. It's all the fault of the USA.

Gawd.


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No doubt people will ignore climate change and how it is destroying resources in the region. No doubt people will ignore overpopulation of the planet.

Because it's easier to blame other people than to realize we are all donating to these problems with our consumer and breeding habits.