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    Nigel Hanrahan's Avatar
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    Default Saleh is dead, the Saudis will bomb Sana'a, and MbS will be Person of the Year!

    The Yemeni ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh has been killed in fighting with Houthi rebels. The Saudis are likely to retaliate by bombing the Yemeni capital, Sana'a, in revenge for the death of Saleh - their recent, sudden ally. There will be many more civilian deaths, if that is the case.

    Quote Originally Posted by Norwegian Refugee Council, Suze van Meegen
    “No one is safe in Sanaa at the moment,” she said.
    The Saudis will probably "blame Iran" and try to link the Iranian Republic to Saleh's death, saying, e.g., that they put the Houthis up to it, or some such nonsense, so that the US President, e.g., could then impose more sanctions on Iran.

    Finally, analyst Andrew Korybko notes,

    ... [regarding] Saleh’s legacy, he probably won’t be seen as a traitor or a patriot, but as a pragmatic opportunist whose final power play dramatically failed and unwittingly threw his country into yet another circle of hell.
    Let me just go out on a limb and say that, whatever is happening in Yemen, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, is the ideal choice for Time Magazine's "Person of the Year".

    We should know in a couple of days. lol. Apparently, it's not just the New York Times that loves the Crown Prince!
    Last edited by Nigel Hanrahan; December 4th, 2017 at 04:48 PM.
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