March 27, 2017
U.S. To Escalate Its Two Years War On Starving Yemen
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The picture shows yesterday's rally in Sanaa,Yemen where up to 1 million people were condemning the war Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the UK and the U.S. have been waging on them for two years.
Nether the New York Times nor the Washington Post reported of the million strong rally. Both though reported widely of a 8,000 strong demonstration in Moscow led by the ultra-nationalist anti-semitic racist Alexey Navalny (vid). Navalny, who polls less than 1% in Russia, is their great and groundless hope to replace the Russian President Putin.
The war on Yemen was launched to show the manliness of the Saudi princes. Well, that may not be the proclaimed reason but it is the only one that makes sense. The U.S. takes part in the war because ... well - no one knows:
The morning after that NSC news release was posted on the White House webpage two years ago, Gen. Lloyd J. Austin, commander of the U.S. Central Command, was asked about the objectives of the U.S. support. His stunning reply remains the most accurate characterization from a U.S. official: “I don’t currently know the specific goals and objectives of the Saudi campaign, and I would have to know that to be able to assess the likelihood of success.” Other than dropping weapons with an unconscionable lack of discrimination and proportionality, it appears there are no clear goals and objectives to this day.
The Saudis claim their coalition has dropped 90,000 bombs during the two year war. That are 123 bombs per day. 5 each and every hour for no good reason. It hasn't helped them at all. The Houthi/Saleh alliance the Saudis fight claims (vid) to have destroyed 176 AFVs, 643 MRAPs, 147 MBTs, 12 Apaches, 20 drones, 4 aircraft. Additionally 109 tactical ballistic missiles were fired. Many of those (certainly exaggerated) Houth/Saleh successes happened on Saudi ground. Its southern desert does not protect Saudi Arabia, it opens it up to attacks.
The U.S. provides planing, intelligence, air-refueling and the ammunition for the Saudi bombing. Without U.S. support this war would not happen at all!
The United Nation claims that the death toll of the war is a mere 5,000. Others speak of 7-8,000. These numbers are laughable. One Saudi attack alone, a "double tap" on a Sanaa funeral hall, killed more than 800. The real death toll of the war is by now likely beyond 100,000. Especially in north-west Yemen, along the Saudi border, each and every Yemeni town and city has been bombed into ruins. Where are the people who once lived there?
The Saudis have simply threatened the UN that they will stop to provide any money for any of its relief efforts should it it make any noise. The UN folded.
Yemen is starving. Even before the war 90% of Yemen's staple food was imported. The Saudis have since bombed each and every food production facility, chicken farm and port. All larger bridges have been cut. There is no longer any way to import food into the capital Sanaa and the other areas the Saudis besiege. Too small official relief efforts are still running through the Hodeida port on the western coast. The port itself is controlled by the Houthi/Saudi alliance the Saudi want to eliminate. But the port is blockaded from the water side. The Saudis navy and airforce destroys all ship who try to enter or leave it. Some official relief ships are allowed to pass but they have difficulties to unload. All large cranes in the harbor have been destroyed by air attacks.
Still - to deliberately starve off all of the 17 million Yemenis who are "food insecure", i.e. extremely hungry and nearly starved, the port needs to be closed down for good. That is why the UAE and the Saudi plan to invade, conquer and occupy it. The fighting about the port will be a good excuse to close it down for good until no one in Sanaa is left alive.
The Pentagon is now requesting a free hand to help the Saudis to conquer and occupy the Hodeida harbor. Why the U.S. would do this? Well - the reason is at least as good as the one given two years ago:
[I]f decisions are not made soon, the senior administration official said, “we’re afraid the situation” in Yemen may escalate, “and our partners may take action regardless. And we won’t have visibility, and we won’t be in a position to understand what it does to our counterterrorism operations.”
So if the U.S. does not "help" (i.e. organizes) to close down the last source of food for the millions besieged by the Saudis then it may not be able to understand what that means.
Now there is a really good reason to put boots on the ground! "Unless we do it, we will not know the consequences and that is something we would want to know, right?"
Posted by b on March 27, 2017 at 02:01 PM | Permalink
Up to recently, the British Ambassador to Yemen was one Fiona Gibb. She has had an 'interesting' career. She has held high level positions at British Embassies in Kiev (1995-1998), London Counter-terrorism( 2003-8), Basra (2008-9), Yemen (2010-12), Mogadishu (2012) and now Belarus (2016-current). There is a certain pattern there, but I cannot quite put my finger on it.
Posted by: Yonatan | Mar 27, 2017 2:19:16 PM | 1
The Saudis want the oil in Yemen, as their own reserves are much more depleted than is commonly understood, and there are likely large, undeveloped reserves in Yemen.
Posted by: Perimetr | Mar 27, 2017 2:25:31 PM | 2
thanks b.. this is so off the radar of the msm - intentionally to the point the msm is guilty of omission.. it makes all of the these same countries with their propaganda msm in tow a group of hypocritical self righteous, un sanctioned, humanitarian bullshite so clear.. just mention 'yemen' and all their lies and bullshite become fully transparent..
Posted by: james | Mar 27, 2017 2:44:49 PM | 3
pat lang is going to accuse you of being......... anti-amerikkkan, lol....
Posted by: james | Mar 27, 2017 2:45:57 PM | 4
The U.S. takes part in the war because ... well - no one knows:
One of the major considerations, albeit not only one, is to get any kind of military-political win, price and costs be damned. The "win" is badly needed in D.C. Being in the Saudi pocket is another one.
Posted by: SmoothieX12 | Mar 27, 2017 2:48:46 PM | 5
One look at a regional map ought to answer the question why the Outlaw US Empire sees Yemen, Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Djibouti as strategically important--massive amounts of petroleum and its products traverse the Bab el Mandeb into the Rec Sea daily. Close the Bab and Hormuz and you strangle EU energy imports, further increasing its dependence on Russia. http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/middle_east_and_asia/middle_east_pol_2013.pdf
Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 27, 2017 2:56:30 PM | 6
The Saudi-led, US and British backed, war on Yemen is one of the worst war crimes of recent memory--although there is much competition for that "honor".
Posted by: WorldBLee | Mar 27, 2017 3:05:25 PM | 7
Whatever the rationality behind it - a genocide is a genocide is a genocide is a genocide is a genocide...
Why does nobody protest it in public? Are we all cowards?
Posted by: Pnyx | Mar 27, 2017 3:20:17 PM | 8
@8 Why? Because the BBC isn't showing any starving Yemeni babies or smashed up kids. There are no White Helmets to make movies about.
Posted by: dh | Mar 27, 2017 3:53:41 PM | 9
Good job running this b, there is something so brave and honourable about the way Yemenis are resisting a numerically overwhelming force of oppressors. Here is what Abdul Malik al-Houthi said.
The Graun has a piece today on the power of protest - giving center stage to the Russians natch - there is no mention at all of the vast numbers of Yemenis who gathered to protest the destruction of their nation and people also no surprise.
Posted by: Debsisdead | Mar 27, 2017 4:30:30 PM | 10
depraved indifference. that's the us attitude toward the yemenis. actually it extends to all the living creatures on the planet, as the alien tripods of the us and its droogies stride across the landscape and the death-rays beam out ...
To constitute depraved indifference, the defendant's conduct must be 'so wanton, so deficient in a moral sense of concern, so lacking in regard for the life or lives of others, and so blameworthy as to warrant the same criminal liability as that which the law imposes upon a person who intentionally causes a crime. Depraved indifference focuses on the risk created by the defendant’s conduct, not the injuries actually resulting.
... the saudis are transparently depraved and the us demonstrates depraved indifference in their conduct in yemen.
"we're not as bad as the nazis were" ... maybe not in numbers ... yet. but the depravity of the usofa is apparent to all, and increasing everyday. depraved indifference in yemen and ukraine, straight-up depravity in syria.
Posted by: jfl | Mar 27, 2017 4:30:52 PM | 11
Neither was the rally large enough to be on BBC World's News. It certainly didn't appear in German public broadcasting, either.
I was thinking to myself, if the Saudis really feel that threatened by the presence of a Yemen that's half Shiite, why don't they go ahead and downright invade and occupy the country. This would at least force them to take responsibility for the people of Yemen. But it turns out they couldn't do it. This super rich and super mighty country couldn't handle any occupation of its poor neighbour. Both countries are about the same in terms of inhabitants, would you believe it? So SA could never muster enough manpower to effectively police Yemen's territory.
Looks like the bombing and starving is just going to continue. Unless - what?
Posted by: Scotch Bingeington | Mar 27, 2017 4:38:53 PM | 13
your video of the sea of red in sana reminds me of the sea of green in tripoli on 1 july 2011, b. the us/uk destroy another islamic nation. decimate its people.
death, devastation, destruction, and deceit ... the only things the us/uk still export ... and now ddd&d are now overtaking petrocarbons for the gcc.
Posted by: jfl | Mar 27, 2017 4:46:51 PM | 14
in fact the connection between brutal genocide and fossil-fuels is not fortuitous, is it?
Posted by: jfl | Mar 27, 2017 4:50:46 PM | 15
@ Pnyx | 8
"Why does nobody protest it in public? Are we all cowards?"
Ever since the Kennedy assassination the CIA and the international media they control completely has been using all its levers of power to convince people that if they don't believe the narrative then they are tin foil hat wearing "conspiracy theorists". This has been hammered home by the media to such a degree that even on blogs like this one when people write things outside of the overton window they are attacked with ad hominems and ostracized.
The media has spent decades and billions of dollars shrinking this overton window. Now things like sexual preference, religion, or race are pretty much taboo, if for nothing else because the sponsors of these blogs are afraid of nasty legal repercussions if they allow these topics to be analyzed or discussed. The primary example is of course the holocaust where any frank discussion or debate in over 20 countries will land one in extreme legal danger and very possibly in jail for years. Just ask Sylvia Stolz or Ursula Haverbeck.
This suppression of open debate permeates all things political, and since everything has been politicized (think Climate Denial, Homophobia, Islamophobia, Anti-Semitism, etc) including science which has been denigrated to a mideaval witchhunt for those who dispute the narrative (think climategate, geo-engineering, chemtrails, etc).
This has set the stage for a cowed and fearful populace who sense that they are being told lies but are afraid to deviate from the established narrative for fear of extremely emotional or even violent reactions if they express their doubts.
Now if we look at any of the recent "terrorist attacks" across the west we will see that consistently the media deliberately presents an inconsistent and contradictory narrative. Whether it was the number of gunmen at the Bodakan in Paris or initial reports of who was driving on west minster bridge last week the motive is the same. Muddy the water, confuse those who are not in on what is really going on, then intimidate and ostracize anyone who does not accept the final narrative provided.
So when we come to Yemen the people are fed a never ending steam of lies and misdirections. Even those readers of this blog who consider themselves to be informed really have no clue what is actually going on. The only ones who really know the truth are the ones who are creating and spreading the lies.
So after decades of this same charade repeating itself time after time, the public has become immune or calloused to media lies, and they have been inoculated against even considering the only logical explanations because it is a "conspiracy theory".
In this environment how can you blame the people for not taking to the streets after every kabuki theatre event that the CIA and its media puppets present on stage.
As an example, I will present Pat Lang, the consummate military insider. With all his military experience, with all his years, with all his connections, he still is hopelessly captured by the narrative and dares not deviate outside of the overton window.
Posted by: Heros | Mar 27, 2017 5:04:53 PM | 16
@ Pnyx | 8
"Why does nobody protest it in public? Are we all cowards?"
"This has set the stage for a cowed and fearful populace who sense that they are being told lies but are afraid to deviate from the established narrative for fear of extremely emotional or even violent reactions if they express their doubts."
so, the short answer is yes ... we are all cowards.
Posted by: jfl | Mar 27, 2017 5:13:25 PM | 17
i don't think its cowardice so much as sloth ... depraved indifference.
Posted by: jfl | Mar 27, 2017 5:15:26 PM | 18
So you are willing to sacrifice your life to something that you are not certain is true? I think not. That is why they make sure you never know the truth and feed you lies like "the worlds greatest democracy" or "nazi anti-semites threatening jewish centers". The people are kept in the dark and made not only to know they are in the dark but that if they strike out they will be punished severely.
So instead of protesting over Yemen, they need to strike out at their jailors. Now if you are so courageous why don't you explain who the jailors are and how they got to this position of power over us.
Posted by: Heros | Mar 27, 2017 5:46:55 PM | 19
Thanks b, for shining the light on war crimes.
Why is the US doubling down to assist the Saudi princes’ war in Yemen?
So reluctant to connect the dots, cynical me. DoD “Mad” Dog Mattis requesting a free hand to help.…Rex Tillerson, ExxonMobil's ex CEO. Hmmm some payback.
I posted a link to this article several months ago.
Riyadh’s Dirty Secret: Saudi Arabia Thirsty for Yemeni Oil, Gas Reserves
Why does Saudi Arabia continue to bomb Yemen back into the Stone Age? The crux of the matter is that Yemen has oil reserves, while Riyadh is steadily running out of the commodity, American political analyst Phil Butler explains.
According to American political analyst and researcher Phil Butler, the US-backed Saudi Arabian war against Yemen is neither about the longstanding sectarian strife between Sunnis and Shiites, nor about the much-discussed military campaign aimed against al-Qaeda in the region.
While Western media outlets usually refer to Yemen as a "small" energy producer, the truth of the matter is the country is sitting on substantial oil and gas reserves, which Saudi Arabia and its allies want to control, Butler notes.
[my edit On the money gem and the helping hand pardon the pun]:
"Given the nature of the country's [Saudi Arabia's] oil reserves, and almost unlimited production for decades, it's possible the Saudis could simply be running out of gas," the American analyst stressed. [.]
The analyst believes that Saudi Arabia has been lying for decades about its actual oil capacity.
To stay on top, Riyadh has to maintain control over oil reserves beyond its borders, particularly in Yemen.
The Western establishment is assisting Saudi Arabia, and with "reason": in November 2005 the Republic of Yemen expropriated its oil basins — the Marib Al-Jawf Block — from Hunt Oil Company and ExxonMobil affiliates.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Now see dots and helping hand? I always keep an eye on the money especially with when the fiat is shown to have direct linkage to commodities.
Posted by: likklemore | Mar 27, 2017 5:54:39 PM | 20
Yonatan @ 1:
Do you think Fiona Gibb's career as ambassador compares to that of former US ambassador to Brazil Liliana Ayalde?
Ayalde was US ambassador to Paraguay from 2008 to 2011. After she left, in 2012 Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo was removed in an impeachment process suspected to be a coup d'etat. From 2013 to January 2017, Ayalde was US ambassador to Brazil. During her time as ambassador, President Dilma Rousseff was removed and impeached on corruption charges in a way that also suggests a coup d'etat. Do you see a pattern with Ayalde's career?
There's one kind of pattern with Ayalde's career and another pattern (yet similar, in a general way) with Gibb's career.
Posted by: Jen | Mar 27, 2017 5:55:03 PM | 21
A poor country which has oil generally finds itself in grave danger from its neighbors or from the west. It seems these always have an intolerable government which the west must eradicate by any means necessary - even if the west must partner with Al Qaida.
Posted by: fast freddy | Mar 27, 2017 6:00:12 PM | 23
Karlof1 @ 6:
You missed out the most strategically important spot on that map you linked to - the island of Socotra out in the Arabian Sea not far from Somalia.
Socotra has a unique island ecosystem and is a UN world heritage site with several hundred plant species that are found nowhere else on Earth.
Now guess what the US wants to do with Socotra? There's an airbase there and a naval base as well ...
Posted by: Jen | Mar 27, 2017 6:23:52 PM | 25
After Syria is united and relatively stable, the KSA is toast.
Posted by: rirzl | Mar 27, 2017 7:40:35 PM | 26
Damn people, everyone knows this useless war in Yemen is about selling arms. In other words, follow the money. U$A, U$A!
" It's just business".
Posted by: ben | Mar 27, 2017 7:45:48 PM | 27
The USA involvement in Yemen is part of the fight against ISIS.
The USA does not count on the Saudis to do the job as the Saudis want to cru
Posted by: virgile | Mar 27, 2017 7:47:45 PM | 30
The USA involvement in Yemen is part of the fight against ISIS.
The USA does not count on the Saudis to do the job as the Saudis want to crush the Houthis and are sympathetic to Al Qaeda that is also fighting the Houthis.
I doubt that the USA want to fight the Houthis AND Al Qaeda simultaneously.
The official intervention of the USA will turis throwing Saudi Arabia in a trap because there will be more disclosure on the civilians death
Posted by: virgile | Mar 27, 2017 7:51:20 PM | 31
I gotta tell ya. This is really like Libya all over again, except in slow motion. There was this one time when I was on this blog, see, and they were really a Dem Party blog that used up commenters like me, but when the Ostensible King (but not real, of course) Obama was "nominated" by The Party, I was cast aside when I questioned. And maybe the thing that sunk my "reputation" rating was this crazy idea I created that WW2 was really all about Oil. After I was disposed of by the Crypto-Democrats, I eventually went on to elaborate more on this. I mean, Japan was already ruined because we cut off their Oil. The German panzer tanks were stuck in the mud, for lack of oil, the Germans were trying to make coal into Oil, and so on.
Why did the Saudis shoot their Oil wad to screw the Russians? Maybe because they anticipated getting the Yemeni Oil? I now think even WW1 was about oil (the case can be made).
I really have to wonder when President Trump will hit his personal redline and just up and quit like they all say he will (leaving us all with the total scumbag Mike Pence in charge)? Yeah, even after all the mentoring by the murderous mafia lawyer, Roy Cohn, I hope he goes out sticking the Big Finger at us Americans, and renouncing his citizenship.
Maybe he will move to... Russia? That would be so cool.
Posted by: blues | Mar 27, 2017 8:00:25 PM | 32
Apart from oil reserves and all the other reasons, the US must have full control of the Bab al-Mandab Strait before it goes to war with Iran.
Colour revolutions and coups wont work. Occupation by US troops at the moment would be too costly in terms of a constant stream of bodies flowing back to the US, so it's back to the time honoured method of wiping out the inhabitants.
Posted by: Peter AU | Mar 27, 2017 8:18:22 PM | 33
"Few of us can easily surrender our belief that society must somehow make sense. The thought that the State has lost its mind and is punishing so many innocent people is intolerable. And so the evidence has to be internally denied." - playwright Arthur Miller, writing about the vietnam war, but this lesson can obviously be applied to Yemen as well.
If each of the Saudi bombs dropped killed but one human being, then 90,000 people would be dead right there.
Posted by: michaelj72 | Mar 27, 2017 8:20:12 PM | 34
@32 Not so much about oil per se as the price of oil. Right now there is a glut of oil because of an economic slowdown. The Saudis aren't sure what to do about that. If they lower the price (by cutting production) they make less money. Their production costs are low but they worry about losing market share. If the price goes up too much US frackers jump on the bandwagon.
I don't think Yemeni oil is a big factor at the moment. Their infrastructure is a mess and their proven reserves are not substantial (in spite of Phil Butler's estimates).
What does scare the Saudis and the US is the idea of Iran gaining a foothold in Yemen.
Posted by: dh | Mar 27, 2017 8:23:09 PM | 35
We only know that so many people in Yemen -supporters of the local brand of Shia, plus sunni, xtians and unbelievers got together to express their opposition to two years of unwarranted & purposeless slaughter by Saudi because we saw the vid clips on Youtube or Vimeo. This won't last.
Already the conveniently easy to loathe nazi scapegoats (child molesters having been taken outta thge equation already) are being dragged out to provide examples of why Youtube must be censored.
From the staunchly ersatz libertarianism of Wired to the unconscionably pseudo-lefty neoliberalism of the Guardian the big guns of media 'outrage' have been trained upon Youtube over the past week.
Check out yer personal favourite, your go-to among the centrally owned but ubiquitously distributed mass propagandists and you'll be bound to find some version of this table thumping tosh published in the last week.
This attack didn't suddenly appear by accident. Such a well coordinated campaign takes much more planning than whatever tweet it was the indoctrinators have chosen to hang the campaign off of.
Alphabet who are the corporate cover story (and insulation from tax collectors) will argue that stopping advertising from being posted is simply too cumbersome (and an unworkable model since ad free posts use resources, provide no return & worst of all keep money generating eyeballs from those clips which are 'suitable), so their new improved algorithm will simply stop the clips from being posted.
Most of us can work out what happens next as any/all points of view deemed unfit for public consumption will be rejected.
Google/Alphabet must also realise that banning big chunks of content without any type of legal foundation will create a space for a competitor shock horror, so it is the support of legislators that is really being sought with this campaign.
If net censorship without the rule of law could have been effected Google Facebook, Microsoft etc would have fully instituted it years ago.
The saddest part? When one of us tries to argue in favour of the right to view news such as the peaceful protest by millions of besieged Yemenis we will be waved off with a claim that the clip is a terrorist recruitment tool. Most ordinary humans will nod ruefully in agreement with that emotively ignorant claim and flick the switch to see if the Kardashian saga has started on the other side yet.
Posted by: Debsisdead | Mar 27, 2017 8:37:45 PM | 36
Thanks for bringing that to light! I was just hastily trying to provide an answer to why Yemen's important enough to be destroyed.
Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 27, 2017 8:39:31 PM | 37
Verba. Its a Russian manpad and it needs to be dropped in numbers in Syria and Yemen. That'll sort a few things out.
Yemen needs intermediate ballistic missiles too to sort out the Saudi capital and a few oil ports.
Posted by: imoverit | Mar 27, 2017 8:58:51 PM | 38
Karlof1 @ 37: No problems! Not too many people know about Socotra and how it figures in US military thinking so I thought I'd mention it. Try Googling "Socotra" together with "US" and "strategic" and see what you get.
Posted by: Jen | Mar 27, 2017 9:16:22 PM | 39
There's no mystery about what's happening in Yemen. It can all be explained by the ongoing plague/pestilence know as (racist-supremacist) Christian Colonialism. Does anyone seriously believe that Christian Colonialism (of the racist-supremacist variety) ever ended?
There's a simplified backgrounder here which describes the Three Waves of European Colonialism:
It's caused by countries run by wall-to-wall, pseudo-religious psychopaths and arseholes and they're not finished yet.
Extermination of war-mongers is the only sensible, permanent, cure.
Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Mar 27, 2017 11:22:11 PM | 40
@ Hoarsewhisperer who wrote: "...Extermination of war-mongers is the only sensible, permanent, cure."
I say the way to eliminate war-mongers is to take away their money to wage war. Their money to wage war comes from the global folks/families that own private finance and most everything else. Private finance is funding Christian Colonialism as well as the genocide we are seeing perpetrated by the Saudi alliance against the people of Yemen. The genocide is just the part of the agenda that facilitates use of weapons of war. On the larger scale it maintains and extends control of (private finance based) Western empire.....which we only hope ends someday sooooooooon.
Posted by: psychohistorian | Mar 27, 2017 11:50:30 PM | 41
Posted by: psychohistorian | Mar 27, 2017 11:50:30 PM | 41
Extermination of war-mongers and banksters is the only sensible, permanent, cure.
Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Mar 28, 2017 12:18:21 AM | 42
...The United States boycotted the Council during the George W. Bush administration, but reversed its position on it during the Obama administration. Beginning in 2009 however, with the United States taking a leading role in the organization, American commentators began to argue that the UNHRC was becoming increasingly relevant.
The UN General Assembly elects the members who occupy the UNHRC's 47 seats. The General Assembly takes into account the candidate States’ contribution to the promotion and protection of human rights, as well as their voluntary pledges and commitments in this regard.....
...In September 2015, Faisal bin Hassan Trad, Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the UN in Geneva, has been elected Chair of the United Nations Human Rights Council panel that appoints independent experts...
Posted by: Peter AU | Mar 28, 2017 12:48:48 AM | 43
@ Hoarsewhisperer who asked if I was happy
No, I am not. I don't want to kill anyone but I do want to take away the tools of the parasites.
Killing people does not fix the problem if the game stays the same. It just changes the parasites in control.
I want the tools of finance to be a public utility....globally!
Posted by: psychohistorian | Mar 28, 2017 1:23:41 AM | 44
Posted by: psychohistorian | Mar 28, 2017 1:23:41 AM | 44
"No, I am not. I don't want..."
Hmmph! I suspected as much.
Imo, knowing what one does want leaves knowing what one doesn't want for dead.
Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Mar 28, 2017 1:58:55 AM | 45
finance as a public utility... would need to be administered ect. Parasites would follow the money and end up administering it.
Posted by: Peter AU | Mar 28, 2017 2:25:45 AM | 46
21st Century Wire says…
As the author below accurately points out (five years previous), Washington’s designs on Yemen are much more than just another spontaneous ‘flash point’ in the global war on terror.
Washington already controls the African side of the crucial shipping choke-point following the US creation and military occupation of its client state, Djibouti.
And it won’t end with Yemen either…
This article was first published by GR more than five years ago sheds light on America’s unspoken military agenda: the control over strategic waterways (GR Ed. M. Ch)
Prof Michel Chossudovsky
“Whoever attains maritime supremacy in the Indian Ocean would be a prominent player on the international scene.”
– US Navy Geostrategist Rear Admiral Alfred Thayus Mahan (1840-1914)
The Yemeni archipelago of Socotra in the Indian Ocean is located some 80 kilometres off the Horn of Africa and 380 kilometres South of the Yemeni coastline. The islands of Socotra are a wildlife reserve recognized by (UNESCO), as a World Natural Heritage Site.
Socotra is at the crossroads of the strategic naval waterways of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden (See map below). It is of crucial importance to the US military.
Posted by: okie farmer | Mar 28, 2017 6:41:21 AM | 47
The Swiss article puts the number of rally attendees at considerably less than a million but in the hundreds of thousands.
Posted by: Bill Smith | Mar 28, 2017 8:25:45 AM | 48
@ Pnyx | 8
"Why does nobody protest it in public? Are we all cowards?"
That's where we can see we are in a full-blown dictatorship. The humanitarian organizations have been yelling until they were blue in the face, the reports about Saudi, US, UK, France's crimes against humanity are piling up on the UN's desks, yet no one moves. The criminals just plow ahead REGARDLESS. No responsibility, no International Law, the Nuremberg Principles reduced to a sad joke, Bush, Blair, Kissinger, Sarkozy, Saudi scumbags and assorted criminals parading in the media, and if it was for them, no end in sight.
If there were protests, do you think they'd listen or would they carry on anyway with the kind of in-your-face chutzpah that led them to give the Saudis a UN Human Rights Council Seat, no less? I think they'd carry on. We're in a disgusting travesty of democracy and our voices don't matter.
Quote, "The U.S. takes part in the war because ... well - no one knows"
There is a motive. I am sorry, I repost what I already posted once in MOA's comment section. The reason is, weapon sales. It is as disgraceful, as revolting as that. The US military Industrial Complex has never seen a war it has not been enthusiastic about. And their sole motive is money.
Posted by: Lea | Mar 28, 2017 8:35:11 AM | 49
I'm sure there's rather a lot of oil in Yemen. Why else would anyone bother with it?
Posted by: Anon | Mar 28, 2017 8:49:22 AM | 50
Yep, US MSM concentrated on Navalny protest story last night. To most, Yemen doesn't exist. It is an under-the-radar war which only gets attention when they can't ignore it or something happens that fits an agenda. Is it oil? I dunno. I don't think so. Iraq was supposed to be about the oil, too but they rejoined OPEC, kept to quotas, so that oil stayed in the ground. Pipeline theories are pushed but where are those in Afghanistan or the great mining of the Afghan minerals? Or do these exploiters think long term? Going after ISIS? If so, it's like al Qaeda and has become a surface half-azzed effort after the initial shock-and-awe of 9/11. I see Yemen as a failure of the unity govt combined with Saudi desire to simply dominate what is there and reduce or elminate any resistance. For the US, it seems to be more D&D for MIC and destroying squares on the Brz/Kiss chessboard. And it's not necessarily cowardice here in the US but more polarized, misinformed, uninformed, and laziness (indeed sloth as jfl 18 wrote). Attention spans are so short that Amerikans are guided towards fleeting images and feelings. It's why some neocons speak wistfully of another terrorist attack to unite Americans and no one really complains about that.
Posted by: Curtis | Mar 28, 2017 10:39:11 AM | 51
Yes, the 'Print Money, Start War' is the standard petrodollar formula...and it's proving a tough nut to crack. Especially so when a country, Wahabbi Arabia, has spent decades feeding the petrodollar with both oil and surplus funds.
It's not only private finance that needs to be overcome here, but energy dependence. Food, water, commodities will also serve as suitable leverage to ensure one human is able to heel the skull of another - as is human nature.
While energy harnessing technologies already exist, and limitless supplies outside each of our front doors, the question is: can we evolve towards harmony with our environment, and each other...?
Maybe it is time to roll out the guillotines...? The Great Cull.
Posted by: MadMax2 | Mar 28, 2017 11:16:48 AM | 52
The Saudis want the oil in Yemen, as their own reserves are much more depleted than is commonly understood, and there are likely large, undeveloped reserves in Yemen. —- perimeter, see also karlof1
Something like that, yes. Yet, see Iraq (wiki link below), the US controls Iraq oil not at all, which is completely normal as it is globalised Biz, and the US actually isn't efficient.
Yemen: As several commentators state, hint — genocide under the radar. We have come far… In 2003, the invasion and destruction of Iraq was opposed by the Berlin-Paris-Moscow axis (if weakly by the last), and the most massive world-wide demos ‘against’ in history erupted.
To no avail, though imho there was a bit of a delay (oppo to Tony Blair, etc.) So, twinges of conscience, or anti-war oppo, or, whatever, etc. were manifest, and *some* information did circulate, some indignation was shown. Today, even those faint jerky moves have been surpressed (info, MSM) - at the same time ppl realise that they are powerless, that demonstrating is ‘symbolic’ and has no effect beyond ‘feel good for a few hours.’
The pretense, smokescreen mirage, of civil society participation - be it via the now hollow ‘democratic process’ (a misnomer for oligarchic control with ‘spectacle’ simulacra - see F elections for ex.) or thru ‘independent, grass-roots action’ — which is carefully managed, chanelled thru ‘playbooks’ to be non-violent and ‘respectful’, are of no use at all.
Now what? Who, how, what, will defend the lives of ‘our’ Yemeni ‘brothers and sisters’ or save children who are starving? I understand this is a strange question as it doesn't call up any answers.
Posted by: Noirette | Mar 28, 2017 11:40:56 AM | 53
One, two, three
what are we fighting for ...
(the troops think they know until they start to question)
Corbett - Libyan War (10 min video)
(addresses the short attention spans and the changing reasons for the war that are sold)
WWII was once described as the War to Make the World Safe for Democracy which was corrected to the War to Make the World Safe for Communism. Is GWOT the War to Make the World Safe for al Qaeda? Not necessarily. al Qaeda and their ilk serve a purpose as they have for decades.
Posted by: Curtis | Mar 28, 2017 11:59:18 AM | 54
Can anybody think of a more surreal time in history? We officially know that Saudi Arabia was involved in 9/11 based on the declassified 28 (29, WTF) pages. We also know that they are funding al Qaeda and ISIS, and are using cluster bombs and white phosphorous on a civilian population. And they are on the UN Human Rights Council.
Ain't looking good for team humanity. Our collective apathy and ignorance is going to kill us. It's now a race between WWIII and global warming (yes @Heros, the shit is real) to the end.
Posted by: Tobin Paz | Mar 28, 2017 12:49:18 PM | 55
@MadMax2 | 52
Sorry, but the petrodollar was a consequence of the US ceaseless warmongering, not the cause.
Check out this impeccable documentary about money. Nixon had to get rid of the gold standard and switch to oil to pay for the Vietnam war.
A bit long, but well worth watching whenever you have some hours to yourself.
Posted by: Lea | Mar 28, 2017 1:14:23 PM | 56
@54 Curtis. US troops are fighting for GOD. Gold-Oil-Drugs..
Posted by: Lozion | Mar 28, 2017 2:15:17 PM | 58
The USA are a law onto themselves!!
Posted by: Get smyth | Mar 28, 2017 7:24:16 PM | 60
The KSA are a bunch of sick f bastards....
Posted by: notlurking | Mar 28, 2017 9:02:07 PM | 61
argh! typed to fast. That's Libya not Syria where Gold and Oil played the major factor.
Posted by: Curtis | Mar 29, 2017 9:28:24 AM | 63
@59 re. 'Bye Bye Syria'
Your pessimism may be premature. It's hard to get a handle on who the SDF actually are and how much control the US has over them.
Sunnistan may be a big propaganda exercise or another shot at toppling Assad. It may be a brand new country.
At some point the SDF leaders will have to decide if they want to be Syrians or Americans.
Posted by: dh | Mar 29, 2017 12:09:04 PM | 64
The astounding thing is that much of the truth behind the lies, deceptions and manipulation is openly admitted or barely hidden. Think tanks write about it and anyone can download the PDFs from their websites. Hell, former high-ranking "statesmen" like Zbigniew Brzezinski write entire books outlining the empire's imperial goals and discuss strategies to achieve them in some detail. In addition there are still a few investigative journalists and critical commentators around who aren't in thrall to the media intelligence spectatcle. Networks like RT, TeleSUR and PressTV, available for free to all (for the time being anyway) offer coherent and sound criticism of the global mafia system. Filling in even more gaps are whistleblowers and organizations like Wikileaks who open the curtains wide and shine a light backstage illuminating the dirty secrets and coverups of the powerful and exposing the nefarious dealings of the "free and democratic" west and how the public is systemically and deliberately deceived.
So it's not as if there is no evidence* or that it is expensive or difficult to find.
And yet...many people do not see or do not want to see what is really happening and how they are being deceived. Adding to the irony is that almost every person over the age of 13 carries with them a pocket-sized device that can access a staggering amount of information...it's barely an exaggeration to say the entire corpus of human knowledge is accessible to anyone with access to an internet connection. And yet...people are more ignorant and deluded than ever. Knowledge is power they used to say. Not for a populace that chooses to remain deaf, blind and ignorant to uncomfortable realities and wilfully deludes itself.
Something I have notices with my more "mainstream" friends and family members and on the internet: for something to be accepted as "real" or "truth" it has to be hyped and pushed by the MSM. If it's not in the mass media for many people it might as well not have happened at all. You can present them with evidence and provide sources but they remain indifferent and unconvinced (or panic and go further into denial).
Closely related to this...if something is hyped and pushed by the media it is accepted as "truth" no matter how outlandish or evidence-free the claims being made are. E.g. Putin as evil Blofeldian puppetmaster controlling the world. It's a curious pattern and not reassuring at all. Here is an example: My friend was talking about Trump and his Muslim travel ban and what an asshole he is etc. I agreed and added that I find it mindblowing that O'Bomber's Hellfire via drone campaign, which is public knowledge, was never protested but people act like Chump's travel ban is the worst act ever committed by a recent American president. Murdering people with high-explosive ordnance is still a little bit more severe than a travel ban no matter how useless and bigoted it is. My friend listened to all this and says "Yeah, but I still like Obama."
Another example...during the election I mentioned to someone who was up in arms over Trump's "pussy grabbing" comment that Bill Clinton has more than kept up with the Chump on that front and brave "feminist" Hillary shamed the alleged victims and also shamed a 12 year-old rape victim not connected to Bubba. Her response: "No, I can't believe that." "It's well documented" I said. "No, I don't believe it." What can one say to a person who doesn't want to know the truth? (Related to this is the annoying tendency of people to assume that criticism of one "side" is an endorsement of the other "side".) The final irony here is that both people I mentioned are supposedly "well-educated", i.e. have university degrees at the PhD and MA level.)
America's genius isn't so much technological innovation and warfare as it is nuanced and sophisticated mind-control in plain sight. Beginning with Edward Bernays transforming propaganda form a dirty word into the "respectable" sounding PR (public relations) and developing psychological mind fucking techniques (building on the very effective propaganda techniques developed by the Nazis) the citizen's critical faculties have been subdued and neutralized. Television plays a big role in this and the internet, specifically reading on a digital device, has wreaked havoc on attention spans and encourages scanning for information rather than reading carefully. Europeans, once stereotyped as "smart" to American "dumb" have caught up and are as ignorant and in denial as their US counterparts.
Talking with "normal" people about the media and current affairs I often feel like the sane person in a lunatic asylum. They are deeply deeply indoctrinated. The growing polarization of society is another WTF? development. It occurs to very few people that perhaps they are being presented with false dichotomies, e.g. Trump vs. Clinton, neoliberalism vs. tyranny etc. and that both "sides" can be rejected. Thinking of how entrenched the propagandists are and how dumbed down the ever more divided populace is...it is difficult to imagine a possible trajectory that does not lead to the collapse of western society as we know it today and the violence and bloodshed that can bring.
What can possible replace the current system? Besides the same old variations of capitalism and socialism, and fascistic versions of each, the only other cohesive alternative on offer at the moment is...political Islam. Throw climate change into the mix (we shall soon know if the serious effects scientists predict are bunk or not) and the situation looks bleak.
* (An aside: Many so-called "conspiracy theorists" by obsessively dwelling on the unprovable are actually doing TPTB a favor...not because all the theories are improbable, though some are, but because they are very difficult or impossible to prove. It is much more powerful and productive to make a persuasive case using evidence that is proven to be credible. That's a difficult enough task without also chasing ghosts.)
Posted by: Temporarily Sane | Mar 29, 2017 1:30:03 PM | 65
just full escalation going on.. Russia has an election next year and is being put on color revo list. KSA buried the hatchet with Egypt one day after the KSA/Trump meeting. any French candidate who does not adopt the anti-Putin stance is crushed 24/7 by the media. Qatar and KSA given free rein in Syria: the main point being that Russia is not allowed to boast any victory, this should be reserved for the US. Arab League summit today's main conclusion: stop Iranian interference in Middle East politics.
Ben Ali the retired intelligence officer (trained in the US and in France) enjoys a peaceful retirement in KSA; South Sudan vice president is enjoying a nice life in South Africa while the people he has armed are killing each other
and somebody explains the the wahabites won't start ww3?
Posted by: Mina | Mar 29, 2017 5:07:36 PM | 66
Temporarily S., 65, the impermeability to ‘other opinion’, or ‘facts’ etc. amongst many US citizens is indeed disquieting; in my experience, Spaniards, Swiss, Japanese, etc. are more open minded, or simply don’t care .. and even the Brits differ, because they are more cynical. Embroidering on yr. post:
In the US propaganda, a picture divorced from reality, a thought-out design to promote allegiance, embracing, endorsing, paying for, holds sway. Spinners and advertisers have distilled the in-group feeling, the tribal belonging, the hero/heroine adulation, the existential need to feel part of some larger realm (religion fulfills that for some) even if it is very nebulous or trivial.
Politics (Dem, Rep, Stein, Johnson, etc.) has become de-politisised, a question of ‘identification’ and some ‘slogans’ etc. as for brands, or types of food, movie stars, etc.
This came about ‘because we can’, because domination is blanket (not just killing the original natives, or abroad, but own ppl too), and because of an underlying economic ideology which is based on competition - manipulation - and cartellisation or monopolies, which extend to the political sphere, aka ‘fascist’ melding of corps/gvmt. (>…Which are NOT directly related to the mythical ‘free market’ or ‘capitalism’, that is another discussion.)
In times of wondrous abundance — energy, land, young ppl, slaves, etc. — this attitude of ‘going for this or that’, supporting ‘this or that’ (Gop, Dem, social conservative, gay marriage, Church X vs Y, whatever) even very strongly, works, as it is orthogonal to what really pertains, or — permits some quarrels to be public and find resolution, all is fine, maybe even a kind of luxury, a self-satisfactory way of being, accepting of ‘difference’….
US per capita share of W. GDP (though all are bad measures, rough) has been sinking since late 70s. Say. Compensatory measures have worked up to a point, but are now failing. Therefore the Hopey Changey Novelty Toy Pres, a placeholder Obiman (nothing changes) to…Trump.
Posted by: Noirette | Mar 29, 2017 5:28:45 PM | 67
@66 mina, 'KSA buried the hatchet with Egypt one day after the KSA/Trump meeting ...'
i missed that. any links? what do you think is up there ... in general preventing any further rapprochement between russia and egypt, certainly. i never saw anything following the ksa/trump meeting. appreciate any links ...
a lots been made of the cia's made man novalny, but there were only 'thousands' of demonstrators 'across russia' ... i downloaded his video, but haven't had a chance to watch it yet ... a stunning production by the cia, surely. i can certainly understand young people coming out against medvedev, the atlanticists, and the oligarchs ... and navalny's was the only caravan moving through town ... doen'st seem to have been handled very well by tptb in russia ... all they really need have done was to publicize his yale/cia connections ... and recount the recent history in the ukraine.
@53 noirette, 'Now what? Who, how, what, will defend the lives of ‘our’ Yemeni ‘brothers and sisters’ or save children who are starving? I understand this is a strange question as it doesn't call up any answers.'
the same people who have saved our palestinian brothers and sisters and their children who have been shot, tortured, beaten by the israelis for the past 50 years?
i don't mean to be facetious. i wonder if there might not be a worldwide 'moment of silence', repeated once a month, every month, at the same appointed hour and minute, local time, that could roll around the world ... people standing motionless for 60 seconds ... with no delusion that it would have any effect on the neolibraconian murderers ... but simply in solidarity, as witnesses to their crimes ... to the global crimewave that began with the invasion of afghanistan in 2001, iraq in 2003. to remind ourselves that its been 15 years of death, devastation, destruction, and deceit ... that we all know who is responsible. that we are not unmindful of the vast amount of suffering and destruction brought about by the usofa and its coalitions of the willing during that time. that we all know who is to blame. that we know and openly bear witness. that we will never forget.
quietly insisting that our common plight be brought into our own consciousness, that we pause and recognize it, let our collective lack of action in its face sink in, percolate down through our consciousness ... the question will surely percolate back up, are we really so helpless ?
Posted by: jfl | Mar 29, 2017 9:13:29 PM | 68