YEMEN: Resignation of State
[col. writ.1/25/15] ©’15 Mumia Abu-Jamal
With the resignations of Yemen’s President, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, the Prime Minister, and the presidential cabinet, Yemen shows the limits of U.S. support for its allies, and the gathering strength of rebels opposed to the central government.
The rebels, most from the Houthi clans, are primarily Shia’s, and followers of a Yemen cleric named Hussein al-Houthi, said to have been killed by Yemeni government forces in June 2004.
They took control of the presidential residence and held Hadi captive for several days, until he agreed to Houthi demands.
Imprisoned at home, isolated, Hadi and his associates chose resignations, and ceded power.
Yemen, located in the southwestern corner of the Arabian Peninsula, has a fabled ancient history.
Remember the Queen of Sheba? Sheba was known to the ancient world as Saba – and Yemen was part of that ancient kingdom.
Yemen is the ancestral home of the Bin Laden clan, which hails from the holy city of Tarim, in the Hadramaut Valley.
It is also a central focus of the so-called U.S. ‘War on Terror’ ®, where American drones and bombs deliver death daily to Yemeni’s regarded as ‘radicals’ by Americans.
According to the WikiLeaks revelations, former Yemeni President, Ali Abdullah Saleh told former U.S. General, David Petraus, regarding bombings of Yemenis, “we’ll continue saying the bombs are ours, not yours.”
Soon, Yemen was engulfed in an Arab Spring that ended Saleh’s career.
The kiss of death, it seems, is to be an American ally, for it stirs deep hatreds among the population.