Just weeks after promising to back a peace effort in Yemen, the Trump Administration is reportedly considering labeling the Shi’ite Houthi movement in northern Yemen, one of the principal forces, a terrorist organization.
The move appears unrelated to US policy in Yemen itself. Rather, it reflects the Trump Administration’s desire to go after perceived Iranian allies. Saudi Arabia, who is attacking the Houthis, has accused them of being in league with Iran.
In reality, the Houthis have always had limited connections to Iran. But making them a US-labeled terrorist group would not only greatly undermine the Houthis, it would complicate the peace talks to the point of making them nearly impossible.
Perhaps even worse, a terrorist label would make it even harder to deliver humanitarian aid into northern Yemen. With millions on the brink of starvation because of the US-backed Saudi war and Saudi naval blockade, a cut to aid could lead to a massive humanitarian disaster.
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You can bet that the Trump regime will also exonerate MBS and let him get away with murder in the consulate in Turkey, even as it aids and abets his mass murder in Yemen.
You are reading it the way “mainstream” tells you. It us just the opposite. Trump was conducting persinal diplomacy ever since MBS came to power through palace coup. Remember Trumo sword dance was in era of absolute US dominance of Saudi Arabia under Crown Prince Muhhamed bin Nayaf, our man to the core. To give honor to this ruler, Trump went all out in hus first overseas trip. But in June, he and the elite around him were out — MbS appointed Crown Prince, and the entire picture changed. Our media us trying their hardest lying self to depict new ruker as being in power since 2015 ir before. Utter rubbish. His father became a King in 2015, First Crown Prince given to him, Muqrin, was misteriously put aside in favor of American candidate, MbN, a powerful head of Ministry of Interior, A combination of FBI and Homeland Security. He as a student was taken out of his college and trained by FBI. He was proudly called CIA man in Riyadh, and he led “counterterrorism” operations. During that period terror by religious cults exploded in Middle East. Fir our media to conveniently “forget” the actual ruler, and fixate in MbS in that period — is an obvious attempt to avoid scrutiny of “our” man, and create illusion that it was all MbS fault. But facts speak against this. Once MbN was remived by the Allegance Council, and MbS appointed our hearts went all out fior the remival and detention of his loyalist.
Trump the pragmatist decided to not cry fir what was — but rmbrace tightly the new Prince. For starters to create impression that all us still roses in Saudi US relstionship, and then to force the hand of the prince still on shaky footing, to accept huge arms sales. But after Jyne 2017 — nothing was same as expected. Terrorist money dried up, Aramco no longer for sale on stock market, Saudi Russia deals, Saudi Chinese deals, internal infrastructure and social reforms to cement new ruler as the first being actually liked by population. These were signs that he is getting strong snd will not be easy to control.
Yemen war is US war from the beginning, using Saudi and UAE as proxies. Since our counter terrorism man, MbN became Criwn Prince in April 2015 till hus ouster, Yemen war became Saudi war. For thise not knowing Saudi Arabia — Criwn Prince rules, his ministers obey. No such thing as MbS as Defence Minister deciding the direction of Yemen war! But this us what we hear. But he was Hus old man’s eyes and ears, and Allegiance Council got to know the details. MbN was sacked, hus circle detained — given some friendly advice — and released. Mostly.
Since MbS appointment US supported UAE in defeating Yemeni forces loyal to Saudi Arabia and Hadi, taking over the prize — Aden. And kn process assasinated leaders liyal to Saudis, then UAE pushed up the coast towards Hideidah. Naval blickade us US blockade, Saudis just there to take blame. I could not figure out what Saudis were trying to achieve, ither then make US try to stop the war — as it became politically cistly. But it backfired. After Kashoggi, cards are at least on the table. US demanded end of war on its terms. Saudus and Sana’a dud not take it. Now, US nay do it aline with UAE fig leaf — and get Houthus declared terrirists. Their babies will no longer be in the media —,that was necessary inly to get Saudis accept US terms.
The end game is coming. Everybidy upoed their stake. Ket us see who is bluffing.
By the way —!it was MbN who issued CONDITIONS for Qatar capitulation as the sponsor of terrorism. Trump took credit upon hus return from Saudi Arabia. Upon MbN ouster, new prince used Egypt conference to convert cinditions to PRINCIPLES. And at that stage Saudi Qatar animosity wirks against US interests. Saudis no longer really threaten Qatar, but are keeping tensions, making US life difficult in trying to please Qatar and keep Airforce there. And then to pacufybSaudis — while the whole standoff is less then meets the eye. With Iran now replacing Saudis in supplying Qatar, and Turkish base there as well — US dillema is substantial.
Iran sanctions have upoed the ante globally. It nay result in Europe being sudelined as a global factor. Unless they can come up with not just payment mechanism — but shipping insurance, access to terrotorial waters, exercise control of freedkm of navigation — the wirks, they are done politically.
This us getting ugly as the friendly freedom of navigation becomes outright control of navigation. May not be as dire, but it may be even worse.
The United States Government is a Terrorist Organization.
The applicable verb is flailing.
What this also does is negate the upcoming bill ending US military support in the Yemen war. It would come under the pre authorized “war on terror”. Clever, in an evil way.
Yes, very Kissingeresque. They must be so proud of themselves. The administration who couldn’t shoot straight can now shoot any child they want. That’s growth. That’s progress.
The Iran War will also fall under the war on terror and/or whatever excuse they feel is necessary.
The UN High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change defined terrorism as “any action intended to cause death or serious bodily harm to civilians or non-combatants with the purpose of intimidating a population or compelling a government or an international organisation to do, or abstain from, any act.”
Given this definition, much of what we (the U.S.) does around the world is terrorism.
Sir Peter Ustinov defined terrorism more simply: “Terrorism is the war of the poor, and war is the terrorism of the rich.”
MORE at — http://www.twf.org/Library/Terrorism.html
” . . . much of what we (the U.S.) does around the world is terrorism.”
How about “Practically ALL of what the U.S. does around the world is terrorism.”?
This is much like branding Palestinians as “terrorists” when they themselves have been the terrorized people for so long now! This is how governments have always operated. When there are LEGITIMATE grievances and no recourse to deal with them, the blowback then becomes “terrorism”. Under this definition the USA’s Fopunding Fathrs were “terrorists”!
Greatly overused word – the same as racism, heroism, anti-Semitism, mysoginist, sexist, et.
It is over now – this country is absolutely insane.
That’s why Mad Dog gave the Saudis 30 days to “immediately” cease fire. We needed those days to come up with this gem. Now that the Houthis are terrorists, carry on.
Here we go again! Thus, you can kill snd starve terrorists — all peole of Nirth Yemen are thus terrirists. Somebidy is giving ignirsnt Trump some bad advice. He does not know that there is novsuch thing as “Houthis”. A name if a tribal leader is not the name of people. Snd it us Zaidi Shia Nirth Yemen that is a target if genocide. Brilliant! You can just redefine a victims to terrorists. Wonder WHO would lead Trump into such stupidity? I can see what is cooking. UAE and US design on Yemen, bioth South and North would collapse if Saudis cut a deal with Sana’a. There are at least three signs of that — one, Sana’a never blamed Saudis for genicide, but US naval blickade. Second, imran Khan saud ge wiuld mediate with Iran to solve Saudi-Sana’a conflict. And third, Saudus have recently put out media blitz symphatizing with famine victims.
This signals (false or real signal— this is Middle Easr) possible Saudi solution cutting out YAE and US. But uf US declares Sana’a givernment terrirists, this takes US into position to UNILATERALLY fight “terrorism@ and come clean — own this vicios and genicidal war.
ANTIFA needs to be designated as a terrorist group.
You mean like the 101st Airborne, or the Canadian army, free French, US Navy all those Antifa guys ?
No – like the violent thugs in Tucker Carlson’s driveway.
I certainly hope the local judge makes those terrorists fix his mailbox…..
NYC 9/11 Top Cop: FBI Must Classify ANTIFA as a ‘Domestic Terror Group’
Shouldn’t you be with yer people bullying scared teenage girls at some planned parenthood office ?
I already told you once, I’m neutral on abortion. Pay attention, son.
Forget the actual definition of terrorism, the US says it’s anyone who opposes US imperialism.
28 CFR 0.85 – General functions. (FBI)
Terrorism includes the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives. 28 CFR 0.85 (l) . . .here
22 U.S. Code § 2656f – Annual country reports on terrorism
the term “terrorism” means premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents . .here
This is a direct act of sabotage by an administration who wants to see the Zaydi Muslim population cease to exist just as much as there Saudi proxies do. What Trump and MBS are doing is genocide and the Houthis are the only souls brave enough to stand in its way. They’re courageous anti-imperialist freedom fighters in the same vein as Simon Bolivar, Ho Chi Minh, and Che Guevara. If that’s the definition of a terrorist then I’m a terrorist too. We all should be. The slaughter has to stop even if men with guns have to stop it.
The whole point is to starve the enemy out. That is the way real geopolitical change is made.
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