- Posted August 16, 2013 by
Watertown, New York
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Bombing Yemen- Coup In Egypt- Who's Being Killed and Should We Care?
Whose being killed in Yemen and should we care?
To hear the story told by the U.S. Media, you come to believe that everyone in Yemen is a terrorist.
Actually, this is not true. But before you kill someone, or indiscriminately kill , a lot of people, it helps to demonize them so that you don't get blow back from your own citizens.
Germany, during the early stages of WWII, was quite effective in painting all Jews as the reason for Germans' hardships.
You need a villain to blame in our perpetual 'War on Terror'.
Yemen has become America's 'Jews'.
Did you wonder why the U.S. Embassies needed to close over the 'chatter' the NSA picked up from communications overseas?
And U.S. policies over whistleblowers being imprisoned? Traitors or patriots?
We see that all but the Yemen Embassy has opened. Why?
We see Egypt in chaos. A coup that's not being called a coup. Morsi followers see that too.
We claim we want Democracy yet when Egypt voted a religious extremist in as President, maybe the U.S. would prefer a 'stable government' over a Democracy after all.
The Middle East took notice and our embassies were closed.
Zbigniew Brzezinski asks if religious fanaticism is better or military dictatorship in Egypt.
Egypt is a double bind no matter which side we come down on.
"Pam Bailey is a freelance journalist and activist who has lived and worked in the Gaza Strip."
Medea Benjamin is the cofounder of CODEPINK and Global Exchange.
These women in their article from Aljazeera, put a fine edge on an out-of-focus story that has not quite been reported in detail and shed light on the murky subject of U.S. Drone Strikes in Yemen.
What everyone wants to know is: Are we just killing the bad guys? If not, then Who?
"US encourages democracy in Yemen, then turns deaf ear"
The drone assault on Yemen mocks the vote by a US-supported national unity conference to ban extra-judicial killings."
"Blowback" is a lesson the United States government should have learned in the mountains of Afghanistan, the streets of Iraq and the wild territories of Pakistan: Be careful what you sow, because you will reap it tomorrow.
A small delegation of CODEPINK peace activists travelled to the beautiful country of Yemen in June (and yes, despite the images in Western media of a dangerous country overrun by terrorists, it is a country rich with culture and a welcoming population).
We were greeted with some wise words from Abdul-Ghani Al Iryani, a political analyst and founder of Tawq, Yemen's Democratic Awakening Movement: "In the fight against al-Qaeda and the extremism it represents, we can do it the easy way, by killing, and thus have to do it again and again, or the hard way and really solve the problem. To truly fight al-Qaeda and similar groups, we must deal with the root causes of its growth - poverty, injustice, lack of rule of law…and drone strikes."
That last part - Iryani's inclusion of drone strikes as a root cause of extremism -seems to be lost on the Obama administration (as it was with the George W. Bush team). In what has come to be a trademark "kill-first-analyse-later-only-if-challenged" intervention style, Obama has authorised nine drone strikes in Yemeni territory since July 28, in a kneejerk response to intercepted Internet "chatter" suggesting an imminent terrorist attack against Western targets somewhere in the world.
To date, 38 individuals labelled as "suspected militants" have been assassinated, although US officials admitted to The Washington Post that they have "no indication that senior al-Qaeda operatives in Yemen have been killed…It's too early to tell whether we've actually disrupted anything. What the US government is trying to do here is to buy time."
Complete story here:
Have you wondered why the U.S. Government was worried about Aljazeera entering the U.S. News Market?