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America’s dangerous game in Yemen
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America’s dangerous game in Yemen

http://rt.com/news/us-yemen-al-qaeda-183/
Washington has ramped up its efforts against Al-Qaeda in Yemen,
Quote:launching dozens of air attacks targeting the terror group. However it risks getting drawn into another military operation abroad.

In March alone, Washington backed at least six air strikes, killing both militants and civilians.

The US has been encouraging the Yemeni government to crack down on the insurgents, who have recently built on their gains in southern Yemen.

The latest government air strikes in Yemen’s south have killed 43 Al-Qaeda militants, officials say.

The government forces on Tuesday took control of the al-Rahha area in the southern province of Lahj. The military had pounded Al-Qaeda hideouts there for the past three days. The offensive followed an attack by militants on an army base in the area over the weekend.

However Charles Schmitz, president of the American Institute on Yemeni Studies, believes the US is playing a dangerous game in making no distinction between terrorists targeting their country and insurgents operating in Yemen. “The danger is that the United States will be drawn into a counter-insurgency operation,” he told RT.

He also questions how targeting is decided in these attacks. “What is the determination of who is a legitimate target and who is not? What determines your affiliation with Al-Qaeda?”

In September 2011, a US drone attack in Yemen killed Anwar al-Awlaki, an important Al-Qaeda member and an American citizen. Two weeks later, his son Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, also a US citizen, was killed by another drone strike. “His only crime seems to have been being a son,” Schmitz points out.

In Schmitz’s opinion President Obama seems to be taking so much interest in Yemen because he wants to appear tough on Al-Qaeda. “So he’s doing everything possible to prevent any attack by Al-Qaeda.”

(01-10-2012 02:15 PM)Maelstrom Wrote:  Efs, your nihilism is beautiful.
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RE: America’s dangerous game in Yemen

They did that in Kosovë... well at least NATO did. They bombed places to stop Serbians but also killed Albanian men, women, and children. I just generally think they don't give a shit when dropping the bombs.

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Civilians killed? Who cares as long as it isn't me!

That probably goes through the mind of a lot of politicians.

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RE: America’s dangerous game in Yemen

"The ends justify the means" is the philosophy I believe the U.S. Government operates by. To them, loss of civilian life is justifiable if we stop the big threat we are facing - whatever that happens to be, terrorists this generation.

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RE: America’s dangerous game in Yemen

(04-05-2012 12:57 AM)UnschoolShqiponjë Wrote:  They did that in Kosovë... well at least NATO did. They bombed places to stop Serbians but also killed Albanian men, women, and children. I just generally think they don't give a shit when dropping the bombs.

Oh yes I remember reading about the NATO bombing of Kosovo. That was fucking stupid and I'm positive that event just added fuel to the fire.

(04-05-2012 03:57 AM)Stadium Wrote:  Civilians killed? Who cares as long as it isn't me!

That probably goes through the mind of a lot of politicians.
No one cares anymore. If it's in a war-stricken country no one gives a damn. People are more worried about what's for lunch tomorrow. Or handing in a homework assignment or buying a new pair of shoes. Then they have the courage to act sad by hearing about a tragedy and will like a post on Facebook that's supposed to STOP THE WAR and after that 2 seconds they forget. Typical citizen.

(04-05-2012 07:05 AM)Sapphire Flames Wrote:  "The ends justify the means" is the philosophy I believe the U.S. Government operates by. To them, loss of civilian life is justifiable if we stop the big threat we are facing - whatever that happens to be, terrorists this generation.
That's the thing. The big threat is themselves.

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