In an interview with Lebanese television station Al Mayadeen in late June, 2016, Former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, deposed by the Western-engineered Arab Spring color revolution in 2011, spoke out against the Saudi funding of terrorist groups and against Western intervention in Yemen for geopolitical purposes.
In addition to pointing out that the Saudis have supported and financed terrorist groups not only in Yemen but across the Arab world as well, Saleh also stated that the United States and Israel use Wahhabism and jihadist ideology to expand their own influence and to destabilize their enemies.
Saleh also claimed that he was offered millions of dollars in bribes by the Saudis if only he would ally himself with the enemies of the Houthis in Yemen, a deal that he says he refused and that he claims is the genesis of the Western-GCC attacks against him.
Saleh admitted that there were differences between his own party and that of the Houthis but stated that the differences were not so great that they would have threatened the unity and stability of the country. A variety of reports regarding internal Yemeni relations prior to Saleh’s 2012 departure and many experts familiar with the situation might disagree on the level at which Saleh and the Houthis differed but, regardless, after the appointment of Abu Rabbu Mansour Hadi as president by the GCC, Saleh has allied himself with the Houthis and vice versa.
The leader that the Saudis, with the backing of the United States and NATO, have rushed in to protect was by no means a “democratically-elected” president. Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi was placed into power by a deal brokered by the GCC after the previous president was overthrown. Hadi was “elected” but was the only candidate running for office, meaning that he was, for all intents and purposes, placed into power by the GCC. The previous president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, was forced to resign as a result of the Western-controlled Arab Spring color revolution in 2011.
Hadi himself was not only complicit with the geopolitical goals of the United States and Saudi Arabia but he was involved in the support of Western-backed groups like al-Qaeda and their activities inside Yemen.
It should also be noted that, while Saleh was deposed by protests directed by the West, Saleh was himself largely controlled from Washington, D.C. Saleh worked with the United States in their drone bombing program inside Yemen, as well as ceding territory to al-Qaeda terrorists. Saleh was notoriously oppressive in his rule and was rewarded for killings and torture of protesters by a lavish hotel room in the United States after he was removed from power to make room for the new boss who was the same as the old boss, if not more obviously in the pocket of the West and more willing to do the bidding of the GCC.
The military action and the stance taken by NATO, the US, and the West in regards to Yemen versus Syria and Ukraine is yet another openly hypocritical position taken by these powers in an attempt to justify their geopolitical goals.
For instance, in Yemen, it is considered an offense worthy of a “coalition” invasion from the Arab League if the Houthis overthrow a president that was essentially placed in his position by a foreign power after that foreign power had coordinated the revolt that sent him packing in the first place. It is considered a violation of international law if the Houthis oust this “leader” and replace him with someone else.
In Syria, however, there is no barbaric atrocity or literal crime against humanity that is not justified in order to facilitate the destruction of the government of Bashar al-Assad. While Yemenis are condemned for overthrowing their corrupt and oppressive government, the legitimate, secular, and reforming leadership of Bashar al-Assad is considered illegitimate. The so-called “rebels” in Syria are considered the representation of democracy. The rebels in Yemen are considered a threat to international order.
In Ukraine also, the US instigated a color revolution that saw the ousting of a democratically (relatively speaking) elected president. In Ukraine, however, unlike Yemen, the individuals on the ground who overthrew that government engaged in a campaign of attempted extermination of select members of their countrymen and were hailed as heroes and worthy of support, even to the point of pushing the possibility of nuclear war with Russia by the United States.
Clearly, some “rebels” are more equal than others. The concept of “international law,” “democracy,” “human rights,” and “self-determination” are obviously one-way streets.
Brandon Turbeville – article archive here – is the author of seven books, Codex Alimentarius — The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real Conspiracies, Five Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident, volume 1 and volume 2, The Road to Damascus: The Anglo-American Assault on Syria, and The Difference it Makes: 36 Reasons Why Hillary Clinton Should Never Be President. Turbeville has published over 650 articles on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville’s radio show Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST at UCYTV. His website is BrandonTurbeville.com He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at) gmail.com.
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