Attack on Yemen - The New Normal?
By Tony Cartalucci
March 26, 2015 "ICH"
- Saudi Arabia, in an unprecedented act of
unprovoked unilateral military aggression
against Yemen by the autocratic absolute
monarchy, was allegedly triggered in a
US-backed attempt to restore what Riyadh is
calling the "legitimate government of
constitutes a legitimate government is not
clear for a despotic regime where elections
are not held, women cannot drive, and
enemies of the state are beheaded in
medieval displays of public barbarism not
entirely unlike their ideological
ambassadors among the so-called "Islamic
State" or ISIS.
The Yemeni Houthi militias are in fact the
only viable force fighting Al Qaeda and its
affiliates in the Persian Gulf State located
at the southern end of the Arabian
Peninsula. With their recent successes on
the battlefield leaving US-backed proxies in
shambles, including apparently Al Qaeda
itself, the West has decided it must take
whatever measures necessary to stop them and
reassert US interests in the region.
According to the New York Times in its
Arabia Begins Air Assault in Yemen,"
Saudi Arabia is intervening to stabilize the
country before it descends into "civil war."
Saudi Arabia announced
on Wednesday night that it had begun
military operations in Yemen, launching
airstrikes in coordination with a
coalition of 10 nations.
The strikes came as
Yemen was hurtling closer to civil war
after months of turmoil, as fighters and
army units allied with the Houthi
movement threatened to overrun the
southern port of Aden where the besieged
president, Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, has
gone into hiding.
In reality, a US-backed regime propped up by
a steady stream of support afforded by
America's long-standing client state, Saudi
Arabia, had been ousted from power. The
civil war has already been fought, and the
US-backed side has decisively lost.
Instead of allowing the Yemeni people to now
determine their own fate, as the West had
insisted regarding Ukraine, it is clear that
everything up to and including military
invasion has been reserved to ensure
American interests prevail.
The New "Normal?"
Saudi Arabia has exercised unilateral
military force against a neighboring
sovereign state without any notable threat
being presented to its own national
security. This is naked military aggression
by every count. And while the US and UK have
openly supported Saudi Arabia in its
actions, not even the veneer of UN approval
has been applied to this act of war.
Is this the new "normal?" Bombing and
invading a country because a foreign power
doesn't like the government, without even
the semblance of international law being
applied? Judging by the "calm" supportive
response from the United States and British
governments, and the muted tone of what is
essentially a naked military invasion of a
sovereign country, it is clear that we are
expected to believe as much.
In contrast, consider the unhinged hysteria
seen across the West when Russian troops
uneventfully entered Crimea and held a
peaceful referendum that overwhelmingly
sought to return the peninsula back to
Saudi Arabia has begun bombing Yemen, and
has plans to send in troops in addition to
the already ongoing covert and semi-covert
support the regime and its US sponsors have
been providing proxy forces within Yemen
from the US-engineered "Arab Spring" onward.
The dangerous precedent set by Saudi
Arabia's actions will surely be jealously
defended as a "West and allies" only option.
Russia will not now be afforded the same
leeway in the Western press to enter into
Ukraine and bomb the regime occupying Kiev
into oblivion. Nor would a joint
Iranian-Syrian-Lebanese-Iraqi military force
be allowed to sweep through the Levant and
secure up to and perhaps even beyond the
Turkish-Syrian border since NATO and the
government of Turkey have for four years now
failed to do so themselves.
The interesting question will be though,
what if Russia or nations fighting in the
Levant decide to do this anyway? What room
will the West now have to condemn it
considering what they have allowed Saudi
Arabia, by every measure an illegitimate
despotic dictatorship, to invade a
neighboring state with absolute impunity,
even with avid, eager Western support? Is
the US prepared to accept the consequences
of the dangerous new "normal" it has just
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