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Reader comment on item: "Saudia vs Iran in Yemen - Rights and Wrongs"

Submitted by There is NO Santa Clzus (United States), Apr 1, 2015 at 23:37

Dr Pipes:

How can you talk to these morons! In addition to holding obvious opinions and agendas (on all three sides) one mention of Israel has the "Middle East Expert" and the funny-looking rant-aholic hostesse frothing at the mouth.

The absurdity has gone off the cliff and there's no real sense to be made of this. There's an old saying: "Let Allah sort 'em out". That's the best I can do to make sense of this.

When Muslims murder Jews, I get it. Muslims are anti-Semitic. When Muslims kill Christians, I get it! These are two religions born of competing empires. One religion has (by and large) outgrown its imperialism.

When Muslims kill Muslims over national competition (like the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait), I get it. Muslim strongmen want to get stronger; kill or be killed.

When Shiites kill Sunnis, I kinda get that too. In many respects, they are different religions. Shia Islam is imbedded in ancient Persian Imperialism and so we have historically clashing Empires again.

But man! Now we have Muslims killing Muslims for not being Muslim ENOUGH. This is off the cliff! There's no way to sort this out. Defending Saudi Arabia because suddenly they realize that Israel isn't a threat doesn't make sense. The situation in the Middle East could not be the way it is had Saudi Arabia not economically plundered the entire world via OPEC. (In the process, these same Saudis gave the Iranians the financial resources to build a nuclear weapon.)

To me, the real story is media silence on this war. If Israel harms one hair on a Palestinian, it's global front-page news. Saudi Arabia invades Yemen and nobody says a word. The Iranians scream and shout, but the Western media is silent. The Russians scream and shout, and the Western media is silent. I can make sense of that! The rest of it over-loads my iddy-biddy brain.

Should we also have a brief discussion on the Saudi invasion of Bahrain which was not covered in the news media? Has that been forgotten?

The Saudis get away with MURDER and there is no moral high ground defending them. That's not to say I discourage them from invading Yemen. "Let Allah sort 'em out."

Maybe you and these clods on PRESSTV are much smarter than me. Everyone in the discussion seems to take sides in a conflict between ruthless, cruel and evil people. I can't make heads or tails of it. All I know is that the news media doesn't treat Israel with this kind of silence.

To read today's news headlines.. the U.S. is negotiating the means by which Iran will obtain nuclear weapons and nothing else of importance is going on; especially in Yemen.


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Daniel Pipes replies:

You offer an interesting analysis. In particular, I agree with your final point, about the over-riding importance of the Iranian nuclear development. I am not so sure the deal is the key, however. To me, it is something of a sideshow to the real question: will anyone attack the Iranian nuclear facilities?

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