Why did Obama launch cruise missiles against civilians in Yemen? (Obama, Nobel peace prize in hand, bombs Yemen with cruise missiles)
Yemen, just like Saudi Arabia, is in a strategically important position.
China and Russia take an interest in Yemen.
China is now Yemen's largest trading partner. (Burgeoning China-Yemen Ties Showcase Beijing's Middle East ...)
On 21 December 2009, Yemen and China discussed trade and economic cooperation. (Yemen, China discuss trade, economic cooperation )
China has a growing interest in Yemen.
"It is also part of Beijing's efforts to project power in the Horn of Africa. China's strong economic and military ties to Sudan and expanding relations with Kenya are a critical component of this strategy." (Burgeoning China-Yemen Ties Showcase Beijing's Middle East ...)
Following the visit of Yemeni President 'Ali 'Abdallah 'Salih to Russia in March 2009, the two countries signed a deal worth an estimated $1 billion that would see sophisticated Russian weaponry exported to Yemen. (Yemen-Russia Signs $1b. Arms Deal- Yemen Post English Newspaper Online)
On 17 December 2009, on orders from Obama, the U.S. military launched cruise missiles against targets in Yemen (Obama Ordered US Military Strike on Yemen Terrorists)
AFP tells us that according to a local official 'The raid was carried out indiscriminately and killed 49 civilians, including 23 children and 17 women.'
There is a conflict in Yemen between Yemen's Sunni-dominated government and Shia rebels in the north.
Saudi Arabia opposes the Shia rebels.
There are also people in the South of Yemen who want to break away from the central government. (Why southern Yemen is pushing for secession )
Saudi Arabia does not necessarily trust the USA. (aangirfan: THE END OF THE US-SAUDI ALLIANCE?)
Robert Fisk suggested that "Saudi Arabia has been quietly co-ordinating its defence, armaments and oil policies with the Russians since 2007." (Robert Fisk: A financial revolution.)
"There is ... a prospect that Saudi Arabia will look to Pakistan for nuclear guarantees to supplement or replace U.S. security promises." (Inside the Saudi Succession)
The USA has considered the possibility of invading Saudi Arabia
According to former UK cabinet minister Mo Mowlam: The real goal of the USA is the seizure of Saudi oil.
It is possible that the assassination of King Faisal was the work of Mossad and its friends.
With countries like Saudi Arabia and Yemen, the Pentagon policy is Divide and Rule
On 20 December 2009, at OpEdNews, Rick Rozoff, wrote about Yemen: Pentagon's War On The Arabian Peninsula
According to Rozoff:
Yemen will become a battleground for a proxy war between the United States and Saudi Arabia on the one hand and Iran on the other.
BUT, what if the USA is planning to ally with Iran against Russia?
What if the USA is planning to break up Saudi Arabia?
What if the troubles in Yemen are all about a struggle between the USA on the one side and Russia and China on the other side?
1. Mossad and the CIA like the idea of controlling Yemen.
But, Russia and China are said to be moving closer to Yemen.
On 21 October 2008, we read: Russia May Revive Yemeni Naval Base
"Sergei Mironov, speaker of the... upper house of the Russian Parliament, said Yemen and its main port of Aden could become a center for the Russian navy to fulfill 'strategic goals' in the coming years.
"Mironov made his comments during a visit to the Yemeni capital, Sanaa (October 2008).
"In reporting his remarks, RIA Novosti noted they were made in the context of the growing piracy threat off the horn of Africa and in the southern Red Sea. It said 'authorities in Yemen already have been calling on Moscow to help fight piracy and possible terrorist threats.'
"'It's possible that the aspects of using Yemen ports not only for visits by Russian warships, but also for more strategic goals will be considered,' Mironov told reporters.
A Russian-manufactured armoured car in Yemen (North Yemen Civil War - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia -)
"Pirates based in chaotic Somalia on the other side of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden from Yemen last month extended their activities closer to the Yemeni coast when they captured a Panamanian oil tanker.
"Mironov stated that Yemeni authorities had expressed concern that terrorist forces linked to the al-Qaida organization could be operating in Somalia and off its coast and that they might seek to carry out attacks in the Arabian Sea, which carries much of the world's oil export sea traffic from the Persian Gulf."
2. So, Mossad and the CIA might want to destabilise the government of Yemen.
Reportedly, Yemen's oil is running out.
Yemen 'faces crisis as oil ends'
The World Bank predicts that by 2017, Yemen's oil and gas revenues will be zero.
The Royal Institute for International Affairs warns that this could lead to political instability which could expand to northern Kenya and Saudi Arabia.
It describes Yemen's democracy as "fragile" and refers to armed conflicts with Islamists and tribal insurgents.
Yemen is described as a democracy, but there is said to be a tribal system of patronage around President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
The president faces conflicts with tribal groups and faces 'Islamist' insurgents.
Yemen is next to important shipping routes and is close to the Suez Canal.
Sanaa in Yemen by Tyabji
3. In September 2008, Yemen reportedly uncovered a network of 40 Mossad spies.
"The network was comprised of 40 people from different Arab nationalities spying for Mossad, the Israeli international intelligence, said sources from National and Political Security Units.
"The members of the espionage network entered Yemen on the premise of conducting business, tourism and even for preaching in mosques.
"Saleh said that the suspected spies form a terrorism cell that uses also Islam to reach their targets.
"Members were arrested individually and found to be in possession of detailed maps for sensitive security sites, intelligence telecommunication units and advanced tracking devices."