Yemen Circling The Drain

Okay, Yemen was already pretty much circling the drain. But now the Yemeni government, that was marginally helping us in the war against al Qaeda and radical Islam, is under pressure. Who knows what manner of government might come to power if the current one falls?

Massive protests erupt in Yemen to demand ouster of president

Around 15,000 protesters took to streets in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa on Thursday, calling for the ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

“People want to change the regime, want the president to leave, ” protesters uproared with pink belts wrapped around their heads, which symbolized freedom, waving pink flags together in the largest public rallies organized by the opposition parties in four areas in the capital.

The protesters are mainly university students, opposition party members and supporters, as well as some workers and the unemployed, mostly of whom complained about unemployment and poverty.

“We are sending our message today to the president and his government that we demand improving living conditions, combating corruption as well as political reform. We want better future for our children,” a protester from the opposition Islamist Islah party told Xinhua.

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US backs Yemeni right to protest

Let’s see, the pro-Western governments of Pakistan, Lebanon, Tunisia, Egypt, and now Yemen, have all been toppled or are under extreme pressure from opposition groups looking to overthrow the current regimes. And what’s Obama’s response? He’s throwing them all under the bus by encouraging the opposition protests under the guise of “freedom of expression”. Doesn’t Obama realize that the world could end up with a whole slew of new, anti-Western, Islamic governments? Wouldn’t that be fun?

/Obama is really naive and stupid or he actually approves of the possibility of a bunch of new, anti-Western, Islamic governments, either way, it’s extremely unsettling, remember, Obama didn’t lift a finger to help or utter a peep of support when the mass protests were against the Islamic regime in Iran

Fifteen Pounds Of Stupid In A Ten Pound Bag

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

Travel Warning

YEMEN
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.

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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?