Yemen vs Saudi Arabia or Daood Vs Goliath

The duel of the century….. the House of Saud bullies its neighbor all in the name of religion……a silly premise to kill……no matter which religion it is…..

Our story begins with the Houthi rebels in Yemen attacking and winning skirmishes with the Yemeni military….the Houthis are Shia and the House of Saud decided that a Shia country next to the Holy sites of Islam was unacceptable……so the war began with the Saudis attacking Houthi positions…..after months of constant airstrikes the small country of Yemen looks in worse shape than Syria after 4 years of civil war.

The Yemeni people are hungry and thirsty and the war continues…..a humanitarian crisis is looming even worse than it is today.

The civilian deaths are mounting up and up…..it is so bad that Saudi Arabia has been brought up on charges in front of the UN…..but that went no where…..the Western countries are running cover for the House of Saud……

Source: Mapping the Yemen conflict | European Council on Foreign Relations

For those that would like to get more information on this conflict may I suggest the following……..

The following maps aim to illustrate distinct facets of the Yemen conflict, and illuminate some rarely discussed aspects of its ongoing civil war.

In a U-turn at the United Nations Human Rights Council, Western governments dropped plans Wednesday for an international inquiry into human rights violations by all parties in the war in Yemen that has killed thousands of civilians in the last six months.

The change of direction came as the Netherlands withdrew the draft of a resolution it had prepared with support from a group of mainly Western countries that instructed the United Nations high commissioner for human rights to send experts to Yemen to investigate the conduct of the war.

That proposal was a follow-up to recommendations by the commissioner, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, who detailed in a report this month the heavy civilian loss of life inflicted not only by the relentless airstrikes of the military coalition led by Saudi Arabia but also by the indiscriminate shelling carried out by Houthi rebels.

Of course the US is doing what it always does….protect the Saudis at all costs……a usual suspect for denying the truth is McCain……..when asked about civilian deaths caused by the Saudis…….

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., spent the most time discussing the issue with me. But his answers were perplexing.

“They may be bombing civilians, which is actually not true,” McCain said, when asked about civilian casualties in Yemen.

“Civilians aren’t dying?” I asked.

“No, they’re not,” the senator replied. “Oh, I’m sure civilians die in war. Not nearly as many as the Houthis have executed,” McCain continued, referring to the Shiite militia waging an insurgency against the Sunni government in Yemen.

Asked about the recent reports of Saudi forces bombing a wedding party in Yemen, McCain said, “I’m sure in wars terrible things happen and the Houthis however are an extremist group backed by the Iranians who are slaughtering Yemenis.”

Check out the other US politicians that will not say anything negative about the Saudis………Source: U.S. Senators Hem and Haw on Saudi Arabia’s Human Rights Abuses

The Saudis are killing civilians at an alarming rate…….the most recent deaths were a wedding party…….

The death toll from a missile strike on a wedding party in Yemen has jumped to 131, medics have said, making it one of the deadliest attacks on civilians during the war and drawing strong condemnation from the UN secretary-general.

Residents said that two missiles tore through tents in the Red Sea village of Al-Wahijah, near the port of Al-Mokha. A local man affiliated with the Houthis – the Shia rebel group who are fighting the coalition – was holding his wedding reception.

A source at a hospital in Maqbana, where the casualties were taken, said on Tuesday that the death toll from the attack had risen to 131…….

There is no end in sight…..if things keep up this pace then Yemen will once again be divided into 2 separate states as it was in 1968-1990 when the two unified and became one state…Yemen.  (a little history never hurts)……

Shall we count the conflicts in the Middle East……sorry there is not enough time for that……there is NEVER enough time for the right thing in the Middle East.

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‘Oppressed Becomes The Oppressor’

Since the end of the latest Gaza war the tensions between Israelis and Palestinians has been simmering waiting for a spark to set the region on fire.

With the recent attack on a Jewish worship that spark is getting closer and closer.….and the retaliation of the Israelis will do nothing to calm the situation…..many have asked time and time again…..what the Hell is this all about……I shall try and answer that question for the reader…..

By this point in your life you have been exposed to the horror of World war 2 and the Holocaust……if not…..where the Hell have you been?

Every time Israel goes into action against the Palestinians we are reminded over and over about the horrors that the Jews were exposed to during the Holocaust…all the death and misery.  And because of the horrors they endured you would expect them to have No toleration for any such actions what so ever…….but you would be WRONG! 

Not mistaken but flat out WRONG!

One of the Israeli intellectuals of the founding generation, Yeshayahu Leibowitz feared that a Jewish state would become no better than the oppressors that he and so many others fled from in the days of WW2….he stated………”it would invert the whole history of the Jewish people, turning them into the spitting image of the oppressors whose terrorism from which we fled.”

He also noted that the …..“the entire energies of the Jewish state, instead of looking after the needs of its citizens, would be directing at enforcing “a strange system of political domination”……he was more prophetic than he has been given credit.

Israelis were the victims in the days of WW2….they were imprisoned, lands confiscated, harassed and put to death…….where is that any different than the circumstances with the Palestinians?  They were victims and for that they were basically given a country….the world trying to soothe its guilt….and in doing so have turned the victim into the oppressors they fled from in the past.

The world continues to close its eyes to the horrendous effects that Israeli policy is having on Palestinians….all because the world still feels the guilt of World War 2…..until they break that feeling this sort of murderous outreaches will continue.

The victim will continue to be the oppressor…...and the Palestinians must wait for the world to rid itself of a guilty past.

But the world is starting to take notice of the heavy handed responses of the Israelis toward the Palestinians…..it is possible that the justice that the Palestinian people have been denied in the last 50+ years is finally within their reach.

The world needs to demand that all nations act in a civilized manner and that includes Israel.

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Iraq: A Hidden Agenda?

Since my days serving the military of the US I have studied war…the causes and results.  In my studies there have been wars started by lies, misinformation and hidden agendas.

World War 2, South Vietnam and Iraq of 2003…just to mention a few.

What made me think of a hidden agenda in today’s war with the forces of ISIS is two prong…...

Prong 1--The president is being adamant that no US ground forces will be sent and used in the war with ISIS in Iraq.  But he steadily sends more and more troops, “advisers”, to the region and these forces will be stationed on or near the front lines in this conflict…..exposing our troops to attacks from the militants and they, US troops,  in return will respond with deadly force.

Prong 2--US troops are being sent to be stationed in the heart of ISIS controlled regions, al-Anbar, Iraq……which will most certainly warrant a deadly response from the extremists and Americans will respond in kind.

Now for the hidden agenda.

The Nazis used a faux attack by Polish troops to whip the German people into a patriotic lather to get support from the public and the military to make the invasion of poland more acceptable…..

Then there is the attack by a North Vietnam gunboat against a US naval vessel with little damage and no causalities and this incident made it possible for the expansion of the US forces in South Vietnam….and as they say….the rest is history.

On to 2003 and all the lies and misinformation that lead to public support for the invasion of Iraq…all of which are well documented.

The events taking place in Iraq today leads me to believe that there is a hidden agenda being pursued by the government.

The president has ordered US troops deep into al-Anbar province knowing that ISIS will take exception to this incursion and will no doubt respond, and respond in force.  And this deployment is being called the “new” phase of this operation……that term scares me because I know that our troops will be attacked.

This attack will be used to lather up the patriotic fervor of the American people to accept an expansion of this conflict….as it stands today….the public is not thrilled with the prospect of using American troops……HuffPo has published a survey……

Americans are split on President Barack Obama’s decision to authorize the sending of up to 1,500 more noncombat troops to Iraq, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll.

Forty-three percent of survey respondents support the potential troop increase, while 39 percent oppose it, with another 18 percent unsure.

But if American “advisers” are attacked for “no reason”….it will give the administration the perfect excuse for an expansion of the conflict……if that occurs…it will be deja vu….all over again!

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Just How Important Is The Battle For Kobane?

Opinion from the desk of Chuq…… There has been much said and written about the battle for the Syrian town of Kobane……I have even heard the question ask …so how important is the town of Kobane?….it is a good question but I think most of the answers are not completely truthful……….

The NY Times wrote a piece explaining the importance of this fight…….

It’s a safe bet that most Americans had never heard of the town of Kobani, Syria, a few weeks ago. Now, however, a common school of thought seems to be, “As Kobani goes, so goes the war on ISIS.” In an editorial today, the New York Times declares that the fight for the town near the Turkish border has emerged as a crucial test of US strategy. “A setback in Kobani would show the fragility of the American plan and hand the Islamic State an important victory,” says the editorial. If ISIS wins there, it puts the group in position to cross into Turkey “and directly threaten a NATO ally, a move that could force the alliance to come to Turkey’s defense.”

I will admit that the battle is important for the media…..they can cover the war from the safety of Turkey and still get great pics for the evening news….they,  the media,. can interview people about the conflict without having to venture into a war zone…..makes good copy.  They can film airstrikes as they are taking place….again….good copy.

I have other thoughts on this situation.

Kobane is the perfect propaganda tool…….the reports of successful airstrikes

and the fighting toughness of the Kurds make a great tool to see this conflict as a success in the making.

Kobane can be used extensively to have the public fixate on a pending success while ISIS makes great advancements in Iraq especially in al-Anbar province……

Kobane is a diversion from the reality that Baghdad is in the cross hairs of ISIS….there have even been some artillery fire hitting the western outskirts of the capital..

ISIS,  if they win at Kobane,  is of NO threat to Turkey, contrary to popular belief.  Why?  Turkey has a substantial army, well-trained and equipped it would prove to be a solid obstacle….rather ISIS operates better in a region where there is chaos and instability….Turkey would be a poor choice of conflict.

Then there are the numerous “think tanks”….they send their “experts” out to give their analysis and most of it is just a reflection of the governments story line……they are acting as agents of the government’s propaganda machine.

For those that study propaganda techniques…Kobane is technique #11–saturation and #14– diversion….and it is working……….polls show that the American people are confident that this strategy is  good with the exception that they feel that ground troops will finally be needed to successfully rout ISIS from the Middle East…..but do not want them to be American.

Polls are taken almost daily and the government then adjusts its predictions and storyline that will be more in line with what the polls show.  This not something new….it has been used many times…..especially in 1991 then in 2003 and now today.

The answer to the original question is that it is important but not for the reasons the media would have you believe….its only importance is for the amount of propaganda that can be gleaned from it.

This battle will continue as long as either side can keep the message flowing.  This situation is nothing but the media and the government selling a bill of goods to the public.

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