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Remaining Peaceful Was Their Choice: Young Yemenis Sounded Alarms Before the Civil War

Remaining Peaceful Was Their Choice: Young Yemenis Sounded Alarms Before the Civil War

Kathy Kelly

"Now, the nightmare of famine and disease those peaceful youths anticipated has become a horrid reality, and their city of Ta'iz is transformed into a battlefield." 

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Why would anyone be surprised by a U.S. sponsored slaughter of innocent civilians. This is what we do, squash democratic movements. Oil puppets to control the flow of crude.

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“Despite their misery, they steadfastly opted for unarmed, nonviolent struggle.”

Bad idea?

tx for the link Yunzer.

“security spending” is, of course, Military spending…Our answer to everything.
The U.S. and its closest partners choose to arm the world, when they should feed the world.

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Ms Kelly thank you for your article on the Yemeni youth resistance. Due to your writing we have more insight into the prewar conditions. Of course we do already know that wars are promoted by the rich and their governments in order to promote more wealth for themselves while destroying the lives of those who are innocently in the way and especially those who express any objection to their goals.

Kathy, you are an angel of peace, and I know you mean right, but in my view, Amerika is a fascist, military dictatorship, so we are second class citizens with virtually no real political power to end the war profits from weapons sales.

What more proof does one need when Obama, a war mongering, murderer of so many innocent, men, women and children is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize?

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1. Arm the world to the teeth.
2. Watch the slaughter and disease and starvation.
3. Then sit back and smile, while counting profits.

What else would we expect from a country which allows children to be gunned down in schools and yet do nothing about it except suggest arming the teachers?

“And then the nonviolent options were over, and civil war began.” (from the article)

This line would have served equally well just after the American Civil War began.

Have you read Abraham Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address?

Really read it closely - digested it - ??

How long can ‘progressives’ continue to maintain the illusion that this has ever been a peaceful world?

Lincoln, Kennedy, Churchill - the list is long - sought peace and in the end went to war.

Yes - there have always been war profiteers - but they are not the cause of war.

Mankind is warlike - and that is the ultimate cause of war - because resources are limited.

We treat technology, some of us, as a god of salvation, because it promises an end to the “Limits to Growth”.

Some of us seek a Utopian world - of peace and good will.

In fact, both are worthy of pursuit, but it would be a fatal mistake to discount the finite resources of the planet we all live on just now, and to pretend we are not ready, wiling and able to pursue those resources at any and all costs, and to defend ourselves from those who would deprive us of them.

I do not ask that people stop hoping, or pursue their ideals - only that they do not lose touch with reality - a fatal mistake.