Fifteen Pounds Of Stupid In A Ten Pound Bag

Seriously, what part of the following is not self-explanatory?

Travel Warning

February 25, 2010

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the high security threat level in Yemen due to terrorist activities. The Department recommends that American citizens defer non-essential travel to Yemen. American citizens remaining in Yemen despite this warning should monitor the U.S. Embassy website and should make contingency emergency plans. This replaces the Travel Warning for Yemen issued June 26, 2009.

The security threat level remains high due to terrorist activities in Yemen. The U.S. Embassy in Sana’a, Yemen closed on January 3 and 4, 2010, in response to ongoing threats by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) to attack American interests in Yemen. Following the attempted attack aboard Northwest Airlines flight 253 on December 25, 2009, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) publicly claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that it was in response to what they described as American interference in Yemen. In the same statement, the group made threats against Westerners working in embassies and elsewhere, characterizing them as “unbelievers” and “crusaders.” On the morning of September 17, 2008, armed terrorists attacked the U.S. Embassy in Sana’a, Yemen. A number of explosions occurred in the vicinity of the Embassy’s main gate. Several Yemeni security personnel and one Embassy security guard were killed, as were a few individuals waiting to gain entry to the Embassy, one of whom was a U.S. citizen.

Sounds pretty scary, right? If you’re an American, stay away from Yemen! But nooo, some idiots just can’t comprehend the concept of imminent danger, even after they’ve been duly warned.

American tourists kidnapped in Yemen

Two American tourists and their local driver were kidnapped by armed tribesmen in Yemen yesterday.

Kidnappings are common in the lawless southern Arabian state, but have become more of a risk since al-Qaeda moved into areas where government control is weak.

Tourists and other foreigners are usually snatched by tribesmen as a means of exerting pressure on the central Government.

The Americans’ driver, Mohammed Saleh, said in telephone calls with the media that the kidnappers were demanding the release of a fellow tribesmen in Sanaa, the Yemeni capital.

The tourists, a man and a woman, were in the Bani Mansour area, about 45 miles south of Sanaa, and close to the scenic 800 year-old hill village of Hajara, when six armed tribesmen stopped them.

They were taken to the village of Hamra. Their driver said they were being treated well by their captors. Tribesmen said the Americans were “guests” in their village.

The US Embassy in Sanaa, which has been the target of bombings by al-Qaeda in recent years, said it was looking into the reports with the help of Yemeni security forces.

See also:
Yemeni Tribesmen Kidnap U.S. Couple Near Sanaa
Two American tourists kidnapped by tribesmen in Yemen
Gunmen kidnap 2 American tourists traveling in Yemen, demand release of jailed tribesman
Two U.S. tourists kidnapped in Yemen
2 Americans abducted in Yemen
Gunmen kidnap 2 American tourists in Yemen
US tourists feared kidnapped in Yemen
Two Americans Kidnapped in Yemen
US: Kidnapping of couple in Yemen apparently terror-related

Just great, now we have to waste U.S. government time, effort, resources, and tax dollars trying to get these U.S. citizen dumbasses back from whatever Yemeni low lifes kidnapped them. If it were up to me, I’d say don’t bother, they’ve already been justly rewarded for their unbelievable tourism foolishness. Let them enjoy their holiday stay with their new found friends.

/who the hell vacations in Yemen anyway?

5 Responses

  1. So have you ever been to Yemen? Maybe you do not really have all of the facts?

    There are over 70,000 US citizens living in Yemen. I am one of them. I am living in a apartment complex that is occupied by many employees of the US Embassy and their families. That is right. The same Embassy that issued that travel warning houses employees and their families right here in Yemen.

    I can assure you thousands have taken that same trip with no problems. So lets not be so critical of a couple that decided to travel to the Red Sea from Sana’a.

    More poeple were be murdered in New Orleans, LA last month than died from violence in Sana’a, Yemen for the entire year of 2009! That is a fact. So maybe the US Government should ask American citizens to avoid travel to New Orleans? Nah… They won’t do that because New Orleans needs money from the tourist industry and the elected officials need the votes from the citizens of New Orleans.

    Believe what you see, question what you read.

  2. Nice equivocation, Joe. You NEED to be there while the tourists could have just as easily enjoyed a wonderful stay in Abu Dhabi.

    So why don’t you run out to run out to Hamra and ask the nice, hospitable tribesman if we can have our Americans back?

    • Actually, they were released today.

      “Two U.S. tourists taken hostage this week were released by tribal kidnappers Tuesday after Yemen’s president agreed to free a prisoner held by the state, security and tribal officials said.”

      /now maybe our “ally”, the Yemeni government, can get off their asses and turn over Anwar al-Alawki instead of protecting him, although I’m not holding my breath

      • Nice work, Joe!

        Sometimes, all you have to do is ask.

        /and offer up a ‘fair trade’.

        So what do we know about this prisoner held by the state?

  3. Hey Joe.

    Armies of Liberation – Google it.


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