Silence Deafens as Yemen Bloodbath Continues

10/10/20152 Comments

Haven't got a clue what the war in Yemen is about? Have got a clue but find it extremely difficult to keep up on what's happening there? Don't understand why this conflict matters or how it's threatening the lives of millions of Yemenis? Don't worry, you're not the only one. This week in the subscriber newsletter James breaks down the bloodbath in Yemen, how it started and where it's heading.

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  1. randy_mahoney says:

    Thanks for this informative article and for all your great work James. It has occurred to me that with the drop in oil price, the Saudi government is under pressure to continue providing benefits to its citizens and the Yemen conflict may provide a convenient distraction. It would be interesting to know how this war is perceived by the average Saudi.

  2. BennyB says:

    It would be interesting to do a critical analysis noting the similarities and key differences between the current Saudi bombardment of Yemen and Israel’s past bombardments of Gaza. It seems like even though the same sort of free pass on indiscriminate, disproportionate brutality, and war crimes provided by western media, particularly the US has been provided for both the Saudis and the Israelis, the more recent Israeli assaults haven’t managed to go under the radar in the same way as the Saudi campaign. With Israel, the MSM does the typical gymnastics to justify the use of force and vilify Hamas, but as noted in the article here, updates on the Saudi campaign are only mentioned in passing, with an occasional hint that there “might” be a human rights catastrophe.

    The silence in the alt-media is equally deafening overall and I’d be interested in understanding why this is the case with Saudi Arabia when, at least in the case of Israel, much of the alt-media rightly spent a significant amount of time focusing on the injustice and brutality being inflicted on the Palestinians by the Israelis in recent assaults, such as the horrific operation “protective edge”. Even in myself, I recognize that, while I think what’s going on with the Saudis in Yemen is a sickening catastrophe, I’m nowhere near the kind of rage I’ve felt when the Israelis have been doing the same sort of thing. It’s interesting to reflect on and I’m really not sure why this is the case.

    All of us respond to injustice and militaristic barbarism in different ways even in instances where the violence is proportionate. This is a spur of the moment speculation/idea on my part, but I wonder whether, despite the chearleeding that goes on in the US media in particular every time Israel goes to “war”, that there’s an underlying ulterior motive where a certain amount of outrage towards Israel is actually intended by certain figures within the deep state for the purpose of implementing some sort of policy shift in the US/NATO relationship with Israel which would require a far more sophisticated level of psychological diplomacy given the complex incestuous relationship between the US and Israel than would be the case for just about any other ally.

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