Alarmist? Perhaps. However, I really think that this bears watching.
It is simply too strange to brush under the carpet. I find it incredible that we have just entered into the largest arms deal in US history with
Saudi Arabia, of all countries. At $60 billion, the sale--which would include 84 F-15 fighter planes, 70 Apache attack helicopters, 72 Blackhawk
troop-transport helicopters, and 36 Little Bird surveillance copters--
would dwarf any previous US arms deal ever. It's particularly striking
in a year when US weapons sales worldwide are down 9 percent.
The presence of al-Qaida is not Yemen's only military problem, though it may be the most pressing as 2010 ends. The attempted bombing of an American
airliner on Christmas Day, 2009 has been linked to al-Qaida forces in Yemen (part of the larger al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula organization, also
known as AQAP). The suspected airline bomber spent time in Yemen and evidence points toward the likelihood that he received training in Yemen from
al-Qaida. Also, a Yemeni radical Yemeni cleric was connected to the U.S. Army officer who killed several soldiers at Fort Hood earlier this year.
It must also be noted that Iran, the leading Shiite Muslim nation, is believed to be an active supporter of the Shiite al-Houthi rebels. Saudi Arabia,
which is ruled by a Sunni ruling family, has long supported the Yemeni government against the Shiite rebels in Sa'dah.
Iran and Saudi Arabia are long-time rivals, and many analysts see their ongoing support of the two sides in the Yemeni war as a proxy battle
between the two great Muslim powers.
It looks as though we are trying to go in through the back door of the henhouse while distracting the fox out front.
Do most of the American public understand all these connections? No. Do most of the American public pay attention to things that are not splashed
all over the news? No.
The arms deal is barely getting any press, and neither is the Yemen thing. These are connected, in my opinion. Maybe I am wrong, and I gladly admit
when I am. I have no problem with being wrong. This is just a hunch of mine, but usually when things are going south or an action is being
masterminded such as this, it isn't front page news.
edit on 23-9-2010 by thegoodearth because: spelling