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How the US Contributed to Yemen’s Crisis


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How the US Contributed to Yemen’s Crisis

Stephen Zunes

As a Saudi-led military coalition continues to pound rebel targets in Yemen, the country is plunging into a humanitarian crisis. Civilian casualties are mounting.

With U.S. logistical support, the Saudis are attempting to re-instate the country’s exiled government — which enjoys the backing of the West and the Sunni Gulf monarchies — in the face of a military offensive by Houthi rebels from northern Yemen.

None of this had to be.


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"It would be much too simplistic to blame the current crisis in Yemen entirely on the United States. However, one still has to wonder: If instead of allying with Saudi autocrats to install another strongman in the name of stability, Washington had supported that country’s nonviolent pro-democracy movement, what might have been?"

Because it is a lot easier to dictate to a (paid) dictator than to a democracy.


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Check your history books. This is standard procedure for the U.S. Let's face it, if there's a corrupt, incompetent leader anywhere in the world, the U.S. government will seek him out and back him 100 percent. The more things change, the more they stay the same.


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Funny thing about elected US Democrats: three-fourths or more of them hate democracy.

Look how Senators Schumer & Wyden & Carden are maneuvering to destroy yet more democracy with all of Obama's Fast Track Wall Street pandering.

Look how many speeches Hillary has given to anti-democratic corporate associations.

Look how much Obama and Kerry love "negotiating" with their terrorist partners, from Saudi Arabia to Israel to Pakistan.

There is so much anti-democracy in the Democratic Party, one wonders why they have any voters at all.