For every Yemeni death, President Saleh digs his grave a little deeper

Jody McIntyre

110054690 300x207 For every Yemeni death, President Saleh digs his grave a little deeperWhen the President of a country and the head of his security forces have the same surname, you know there is a problem. When the Yemeni police attacked demonstrators camped out in Tagheer Square on Saturday, they signed the resignation papers of Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Yesterday, the killing continued with police firing live ammunition into demonstrators in Sanaa, the capital. This came only a day after the police had used Nerve Gas, an illegal weapon under international law in such circumstances. But Yahya Saleh, the President’s namesake and General of the Yemeni Security Forces, was not secretive or embarassed about where such weapons come from. In an interview with Al Jazeera, Saleh proudly proclaimed:

“We are using tear gas canisters we imported from countries that promote human rights. These are not not homemade weapons,”

Ironically, Saleh’s inadvertent summarising of the hypocrisy of Western governments, criticising other governments for using the weapons they have sold them, could not have been more apt.

It is hypocrisy of epic proportions; the US sell Saleh guns, and then urge him to ’show restraint’.  Here’s an idea, don’t sell the weapons, result equals no urging necessary.

But of course, the US will not stop selling Saleh weapons, because he represents their interests.  Just like Ben Ali, Mubarak and Gaddafi did, until a few weeks ago.

The wave of uprisings across the Arab world continues, as does the hypocrisy.  Expect Saleh’s exit speech, coming soon to a screen near you.

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  • HairyScot

    There are huge emotions concerning this topic.
    My statement, when you have weapons they get used.
    The best aid that this country and the west can give, stop selling arms.

  • SmokeyWest

    Wealth and power are the most addictive vices known to man. People will committ any crime and debase themselves to get it, and when they have it they will sacrifice the lives of anyone to keep it. Its effects destroy the soul and bring death and misery to all world. I am afraid that President Saleh would rather lose his children and than give up his wealth and power. It will have to be pried from his dead hand.

  • ajelmi

    Bahraini shias just want basic equal rights like the sunnis.They are banned from joining the army and working in government offices when they make 70% of the country’s population.
    The fact that the US supports the minority sunni royal family of Bahrain might surprise you because Iran(a shia majority) is a threat to Bahrain and the rest of the gulf countries.(Saudi Arabia,Oman,UAE,Kuwait andQatar) If the shia minority overthrew the royal family,Iran would be just a few kilometers from the oil rich Saudi Arabia and would start invading the region.The US is a strong ally of the gulf and wouldn’t allow that to happen so they have no choice but to sell them weapons to protect their wealthy land.
    If the US and UK never sold Yemen any weapons,then it would be the hub of terrorism.

    I doubt Bahrains sunni royal family will be overthrown because the west and won’t support the shia minority and the neighboring gulf countries will not allow that either.

    However,President Salehs regime has come to an end.Poverty is the main cause of protests and the citizens are demanding change.Also,the leaders of the country are mostly from the presidents tribe called Saleh.

  • Mal Adaptado

    I visited South Yemen twice and IMO it was a damn sight better off under Ali Nasser – it was secular at that time. And fairly safe to travel in. Saleh’s lot invaded and took it over.

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