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Saudi Arabia bombing Yemen: Some deaths are more important than others – Part II

Australia’s SBS News led off with the Germanwings story for 15 minutes when it happened.

Nothing so far tonight on the same channel about US ally and repressive authoritarian dictatorship Saudi Arabia bombing a refugee camp in Yemen and killing 40 civilians and injuring 250.  Oh hang on. Thirty minutes in there was a one minute report in which the Yemeni President blamed the Houthi rebels for hiding in the camp and bringing the bombing on themselves.

Some deaths are more important than others. Why?

In this case Saudi Arabia, the home of Wahhabism and the intellectual and spiritual root of much fundamentalist Islam, is a close ally of the United States in the region and is doing its dirty work in Yemen.

After the bombings, it looks likely Saudi Arabia will now invade. For a good article by on the situation click here.

The bombing and the invasion are perhaps a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran. (Despite the rhetoric it is not clear Iran is involved to the extent being portrayed.)  The bombings and invasion cold have ramifications in Saudi Arabia’s oil rich eastern province where there is, according to some reports, a Shia majority and, just across the water from the Eastern province, in Bahrain where the regal dictatorship is Sunni while the majority of the population are Shia.



Comment from Ross
Time March 31, 2015 at 9:07 pm

Dr Paul Craig Roberts says that the Saudis have great air power but have not the hardened battle power for a troop interaction with Yemen.

ISIS was created by the USA and now have gotten out of their control. This is an excellent interview with the ex-assistant secretary of the US Treasury. Really good insights.