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Yemen’s Descent into Hell

Yemen’s Descent into Hell

Rajan Menon

It’s the war from hell, the savage one that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, along with seven other Middle Eastern and North African states, have been waging in Yemen since March 2015, with fulsome support from the Pentagon and American weapons galore. It’s got everything. Dead children in the dozens, a never-ending air campaign that pays scant heed to civilians, famine, cholera, you name it.

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Thanks to Menon and CD for again putting this matter in front of Americans. A few observations ------

US and Saudi interests here have nothing to do with any schism between factions of Islam. The Muslim-pretending house of Saud embraces the Christian-pretending House of Bush (including Clintons and Obamas and now these Trumps). It also works side-by-side with Netanyahu. The various Muslim factions have co-existed in relative peace for centuries.

Neither Yemen nor the Houthi have any interest in picking a fight with Saudi Arabia, whilst they have a choice. Yemen is, for the most part, a poor state, without enough water to sustain much population. Yemen has not had to sink: Hell has leapt up to swallow it.

Saudi and American and Israeli interests have little to do with the people who reside there or how they are governed. The country does sit on upwards of 4 billion barrels of petrol, which under circumstances once normal might be extracted and sold within something like a decade.

Yemen does also offer Riyadh easy access to the Indian Ocean and a pinch point at the outlet of the Red Sea, one of two key spots for shipping through the Indian Ocean up into the Mediterranean Sea.

This is just one more war of extermination carried out with little thought for human life by people who imagine that there are thereby playing some very sophisticated hydrocarbon-era endgame. American foreign policy has not lost its Lex Luthor tenor.

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