Taken for a Dangerous Ride in Yemen?
No surprise, it appears that Washington allowed another foreign thug, this one in Yemen, to take it for a ride by playing up its alleged anti-terrorism credentials. Explains Jeremy Scahill in The Nation:
According to critics of the crumbling Saleh regime, Sumali’s account is charitable at best about the role played by the Yemeni security forces in Zinjibar. They allege that Saleh’s forces allowed the city to fall. The fighting there began as Saleh faced mounting calls both inside and outside Yemen for his resignation; several of his key allies had defected to the growing opposition movement. After thirty-three years of outwitting his opponents, they say, Saleh saw that the end was near. “Saleh himself actually handed over Zinjibar to these militants,” asserts Abdul Ghani al Iryani, a well-connected political analyst. “He ordered his police force to evacuate the city and turn it over to the militants because he wanted to send a signal to the world that, without me, Yemen will fall into the hands of the terrorists.” That theory, while unproven, is not baseless. Since the mujahedeen war against the Soviets in Afghanistan in the 1980s and continuing after 9/11, Saleh has famously milked the threat of Al Qaeda and other militants to leverage counterterrorism funding and weapons from the United States and Saudi Arabia, to bolster his power within the country and to neutralize opponents.
There are bad guys attempting to kill Americans, and the U.S. government has to respond. But as Rep. Ron Paul has repeatedly explained, Washington needs to recognize how its policies do much to encourage terrorism against America. Nothing justifies attacks on innocents, but, alas, the U.S. government has adopted many policies which fuel the fires of hatred against Americans.