Yemen has been a lawless, governmentless state for as long as I can recall — and I am 68.
There is a revolution going on there.
It has been a revolution without end for nearly two-decades.
Yemen’s border with Saudi Arabia is a mirror image of our border with Canada.
What do I mean by this?
That Saudi Arabia’s well being is challenged everyday by a state without a government on its border.
And that state without a government is supported by Iran.
Iran gives aid and support to the rebel Houthis attempting to take over Yemen.
The United States and Saudi Arabia and a few other stakeholder nations in the region opposed to Iranian intervention in the area are fighting the rebels in order to make the border safe, in order to protect Saudi Arabia’s sovereignty as well as their own.
Enter NPR which had a wonderful, typical and compelling bit on the news this morning about what is going on in Yemen and how civilians there have been thrown into upside down lives.
The essence of the report is that there have been thousands of civilian casualties, that the fighting does not want to stop, that the chaos could be controlled or contained and that life could return to normal if only the Houthis were allowed to win the revolution.
NPR didn’t say this.
Their early morning story implied this.
In other words, Saudi Arabia and the United States should stop their involvement in the effort to retard the Iranian salient onto the Saudi Arabian peninsula.
There is something fundamentally wrong about Saudi Arabia and the United States standing against the Houthi rebels.
The United States should not support Saudi Arabia because the Saudi’s are bombing rebels and hurting civilians in Yemen which has no government is NPR’s assertion in its well meaning story.
Then the newscast moved to Syria where the Turks and the Syrians are bombing and gassing civilians in north Syrian cities where there have been thousands of civilian deaths.
The humanitarian crisis in Yemen is reaching epic proportions according to NPR.
The Syrian crisis for civilians has been of epic proportion for five years.
Something like 700,000 Syrians have been killed and 5 million thrown into exile.
For all intents and purposes, Syria under Bashar Al Assad is a failed state.
The questions NPR always raises stirs the mind.
Civilians above all need to be protected and yet civilians in Yemen and Syria must die if their states, or what remains of them are to live.
I wonder where the United Nations is in all this.
I find the United Nations still preoccupied with Israel more than these humanitarian disasters elsewhere in the world.
US Ambassador Nikki Haley has done a great deal to sketch out the unfairness about these crises and how the United Nations treats them.
I listened to that NPR report this morning and realized that NPR is as irrelevant as everything else in this cold, harsh and relentless world.
I may not approve of Saudi Arabia, but I will accept Saudi Arabia over Yemen, over Syria, over North Korea, and even over China where their president has just been made president for life if all things are equal.
What a world we live in.