What’s up with Saudi Arabia?
The Saudis under their new King Salman and heir apparent Mohammad Bin Salman are lashing out blindly on several fronts, committing atrocities all the while.
They have played a major role in destroying Syria. They have mismanaged the Hajj pilgrimage, and may even have intentionally set off the stampede that killed thousands in order to kidnap high-level Iranian officials. They are prime suspects in the downing of the Russian passenger jet in Egypt – which the airline now says came as the result of an “external influence.” That, of course, is a euphemism for “a missile.”
And then there is Yemen.
On Press TV yesterday I pointed out that Yemen is becoming Saudi Arabia’s Vietnam. The parallels are uncanny:
*The US entered Vietnam in a big way after a regime change (the coup that overthrew JFK). Saudi Arabia entered Yemen big-time after a regime change (the death of King Abdullah and his replacement by King Salman).
*The US dragged a “coalition” of unenthusiastic partners into Vietnam – but the partners hardly did any of the fighting. Saudi Arabia has dragged a similarly unenthusiastic and non-contributing “coalition” into its war on Yemen.
*The US war on Vietnam was led by a criminal psychopath, Kennedy-killer LBJ, then by another criminal psychopath, Nixon. The Saudi war on Yemen is being led by similarly psychopathic individuals, whose crimes include the murder of more than a thousand people in the false flag chemical weapons attack on al-Ghoutha, Syria.
*The extreme psychopathy of LBJ’s personal style, which included employing the lifelong services of a personal hitman (Mac Wallace), publicly defecating in front of colleagues in order to humiliate them, and routinely exposing his genitals as a form of psychic assault, is matched by the almost equally mad excesses of the Saudi Royals, whose love of drugs, gambling and sex slaves makes them highly incongruous custodians of Islamic holy places.
*The US war on Vietnam exhausted the American treasury, which could not sustain the military effort alongside outlays on the “Great Society.” The Saudi war on Yemen is exhausting the Saudi treasury, which cannot continue its high level of military spending (on such luxuries as Israeli nuclear weapons and Brazilian cluster-bombs) while trying to address youth unemployment and a crisis caused by low oil prices.
*The US war supposedly targeted a resistance organization, the Vietcong, but was actually waged against the Vietnamese people in order to subject them to foreign domination. The Saudi war on Yemen pretends to target a resistance organization, the Ansar Allah fighters (sometimes called Houthis), but is in reality a war against the people of Yemen designed to subject them to foreign (US-Saudi-NWO) domination.
*The US war on Vietnam failed in part because the terrain (jungle) was difficult to access and favored the defenders. The Saudi war on Yemen is failing because the terrain (mountains) is difficult to access and favors the defenders.
*The US war on Vietnam also failed because American soldiers, and the US public, were less than enthusiastic about committing aggression outside their borders. The Saudi war on Yemen is failing for the same reason.
*The US war on Vietnam was driven by fear of a rising rival (global communism). The Saudi war on Yemen is driven by fear of a rising rival (Islamic Iran).
*The US war on Vietnam was notoriously brutal, killing upwards of four million Vietnamese and utilizing such horrific weapons as napalm and Agent Orange. The Saudi war on Yemen is likewise characterized by its extreme brutality and its use of such horrific weapons as mini-nukes and cluster bombs.
But as I remark in the above interview, there has been one major difference between the US disaster in Vietnam and the Saudi disaster in Yemen: The media covered the war in Vietnam. Where are the photographers, the journalists, the TV networks? Why are Saudi war crimes flying so far under the world’s radar?
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