Understanding the Saudi Attack on Yemen
|George W. Bush kissing up to Saudi leaders|
|Obama bowing to Saudi leaders|
I'm starting to get a handle on the Yemen story. Other than U.S. drone attacks in the country, that have killed many innocents, I had not paid alot of attention to politics in Yemen. But now all that has changed. I've turned down a couple of media interviews about Yemen because I felt I didn't know enough to make any comments. So I've been reading many articles and watching some videos so I can get my head around the issue.
I have a world map on my office door which frequently helps understand what is going on. When I look for Yemen and Saudi Arabia this is what I find.
Saudi Arabia is a rabid Sunni fiefdom and they fund many of the fundamentalist terrorist sects (Wahhabism) currently waging war throughout the Middle East and Central Asia. In spite of that the US still kisses the Saudi monarchy's cheeks because they have oil.
Iran, a Shia nation is the arch enemy of the Saudi kingdom. The division between Shia and Sunni dates back to the death of the Prophet Muhammad, and the question of who was to take over the leadership of the Muslim nation.To make it simple each side has their own influences with various countries in the region. The Saudis biggest allies are the other monarchies like the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain. Israel and Egypt have also joined the Saudis in this current attack on Yemen.
In Yemen there has been a struggle between Sunni (backed by Saudi Arabia and the US) and Shia (backed by Iran). With Iraq increasingly leaning toward Iran, and Iran's ally Syria holding on for life against terrorists backed by Saudi Arabia and the U.S.-NATO war machine, the Saudi monarchy fears for their life - thus they are in attack mode.
Inside Saudi Arabia are legions of poor people, many whom are Shia, that get no benefit from the oil fortune amassed by the head-choppin monarchy. They are in revolt as are people struggling for freedom against the monarchy in Bahrain where the US Navy Fifth Fleet is based.
The Obama war team is helping the Saudis and their 'coalition' with intelligence and surveillance during this current bombing raid on Yemen. That means the US Space Command, and many of their military satellites orbiting the planet, are working overtime to identify and direct the attacks. The Saudis don't have that kind of space capability. So in a way you can say this is a proxy war - maybe the first round in attacks against Iran that might just eventually land on Tehran's doorstep.
On March 24 Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) made a speech on the Senate floor where he said, "Israelis will need to chart their own path of resistance. On the Iranian nuclear deal, they may have to go rogue."
We know Israel wants Iran taken down. So does Saudi Arabia and their fellow Sunni monarchies. The US does as well but has to pretend it has 'exhausted all diplomatic measures' to create peace. It appears though that expanded war is now underway.
The take down list that included Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria is now being expanded to include Yemen, Iran, Ukraine, Russia, China, North Korea, Venezuela, and many African states. Keep your eyes on the bouncing ball.