Give Yemen The Same Medicine As Libya's

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Ironic, it would be, if the Western hypocrisy is exposed by the corrupt U.S.-backed regimes in the region, including the Yemen dictatorship of Ali Abdullah Saleh.

[Uprising In Middle East]

Challenge For The West; Democracy of Hypocrisy?

Will the Western powers reject the suppression of uprisings in a uniform manner throughout North Africa and the Middle East?

In U.S.-backed dictatorship of Yemen is providing the litmus test case. There, security forces have apparently mowed down nearly 50 protestors and injured more than 200. To believe that Western interest and concern in Libya is not clouded by greed over the country's oil wealth, we should expect angry denunciations from the U.K., France and the U.S. over the massacre in Yemen.

The disingenuous lead from the British government mouthpiece the BBC declared, suspiciously: "Unidentified gunmen firing on an anti-government rally in the Yemeni capital Sanaa have killed at least 45 people and injured 270, doctors told the BBC."

Who else would fire indiscriminately into the opposition's mass peaceful gathering, BBC?

Ironic, it would be, if the hypocrisy is exposed by the corrupt U.S.-backed regimes in the region, including the Yemen dictatorship of Ali Abdullah Saleh. The same medicine prescribed by the West to Muammar al-Qthafi should now be offered to Yemen's ruler of three decades as well as the leadership in Bahrain.

We recommend that the reader does not hold her or his breath for this.

In Saudi Arabia, which has also seen some rumblings, the monarchy has offered all employees two months worth of salary--even students got two months stipend. What's more, the aged King Abdallah, has ordered the government to create 60,000 jobs immediately. There will also be money disbursed for all unemployed.

Saudis should take the money --after all, it belongs to them and not the King and the Princes. At the same time, it's unlikely that they won't eventually demand the vote as well. Besides, why did the monarchy have to wait for rumblings of dissent to give the people what was righfully theirs?

Saudi Arabia did not try to buy off protestors in neighboring Bahrain. Instead the Saudis invaded the tiny neighboring kingdom with 2,000 troops. The United States government cynically said it was "not an invasion." Perhaps the Saudi troops were on a leisurely drive and didn't realize they had crossed the borders.

As the Western countries amass military resources and focus on al-Qthafi, it seems that the combustibilty in North Africa and the Middle East will increase.

In Egypt, the Blackberry/facebook pro-democracy movement is concerned that the military is ruling the country like; well, the military. In addition to the mentioned countries, there are also rumblings in Morocco and Algeria.

There is no force on earth that can cork the popular discontent that have been unleashed since the Tunisian martyr burned himself to death.

It is the season for change. It's very likely that the same wind will soon blow southwards towards the rest of the African continent.


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