Puppet Regimes and Fake Democracy: Syria, Yemen, and America’s Quest for Imperial Dominance ~ Yemen Updates: 10 April 2015

Puppet Regimes and Faux Democracy

Puppet Regimes and Fake Democracy: Syria, Yemen, and America’s Quest for Imperial DominanceThe “transition” of power in Yemen, from Saleh to Hadi, is a prime example of the hypocrisy of US policy, touting it as a victory for democracy while concealing the obvious fact that it was the creation of a puppet regime. Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi has been presented as the legitimate leader of Yemen, despite the fact that he was the U.S. choice to govern that country. His legitimacy depended on the myth of a democratically elected regime; the US propagates this myth wantonly, pretending that people won’t remember that Hadi ran unopposed in February.

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At the G8 summit last week, President Obama and other officials in his administration, began utilizing the talking point of Yemen being a model to be emulated in Syria. Ostensibly, they were referring to the “peaceful” transition of power in Yemen as an example of what they would like to see in Syria. However, the comparison goes much deeper than simply this superficial connection. The truth is that Yemen represents, in more ways than one, the blueprint that the US imperialist ruling class would like to see applied to the escalating conflict in Syria.

Puppet Regimes and Faux Democracy

The “transition” of power in Yemen, from Saleh to Hadi, is a prime example of the hypocrisy of US policy, touting it as a victory for democracy while concealing the obvious fact that it was the creation of a puppet regime. Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi has been presented as the legitimate leader of Yemen, despite the fact that he was the U.S. choice to govern that country. His legitimacy depended on the myth of a democratically elected regime; the US propagates this myth wantonly, pretending that people won’t remember that Hadi ran unopposed in February.

If the purpose of democracy is to create forms of governance accountable to the citizenry and to establish a government that is truly representative of the people’s desires, then it would be an outright lie to call the Hadi administration anything close to a democracy. In fact, as recent developments in Yemen have shown, his regime is nothing more than a puppet government, put in power by the United States in order to allow the CIA and other shadowy entities free reign to use drones, Special Forces, and other covert operations in what is supposedly a sovereign nation.

Not only is Hadi, the former vice President under Saleh, not democratically elected, he is the antithesis of progress in a country that was on the front lines of the Arab Spring. The people who marched through the streets of Sanaa and other cities across Yemen did so with the intention of effecting change in a country which, in the eyes of many, was seen as a backwards dictatorship. However, despite all the rhetoric about hope, change, and progress from the US State Department and the White House, President Obama and his minions, including John Brennan (counter-terrorism advisor and frequent representative of Obama in Yemen), immediately lent their support to Hadi. The betrayal came as no surprise to any informed observer as the United States was only interested in its own strategic interests in the region.

US Tactics and the Geopolitical Imperative in Yemen

US interest in Yemen is certainly not rooted in altruism or a desire to promote democratic ideals. On the contrary, it is the application of a long-standing geopolitical strategy to control international trade through the Mandab Strait and Suez Canal, access to African raw materials, and most specifically, block the expansion of Chinese economic influence in both the Middle East and Africa. For these reasons, the United States has a keen interest in both Yemen and Somalia, desperate to maintain chaos in those countries so as to prevent stable, nationalist leaders from emerging. In so doing, Washington once again shows itself to be an imperialist aggressor, interested only in maintaining and expanding the empire.

The tactics of this strategy are myriad. First and foremost, the US, in accordance with long-standing policy dating back to the Carter administration, uses the red herring of “Islamic extremism” and terrorism, to justify any actions it deems necessary for the advancement of its own agenda. In places like Afghanistan and Yemen, the enemy is Al-Qaeda which must be fought with US military might, while in Libya and Syria, Al-Qaeda is an ally fighting against the oppressive regimes of Gaddafi and Assad. This duplicity should come as no surprise since Washington’s foreign policy is based on expanding US hegemony rather than promoting any ideals.

The second aspect of America’s imperialist strategy is the fomenting of ethnic, tribal, and other sectarian conflicts. In doing so, Washington is able to prevent the emergence of any form of nationalism that, by definition, would stand in opposition to US imperialism. One must simply look across the Mandab Strait for an example of this strategy: Somalia. A nation of strategic and geographical importance, Somalia has been effectively destroyed by US policy over the last twenty years, having been transformed from a proud nation to a loose collection of tribal groups dominated by repugnant warlords with no regard for national identity.

In Yemen, we’ve seen this strategy employed vis-à-vis the Huthi rebellion, the propagandistic use of tribal groups as proxies of Saudi Arabia, Iran, or whomever the US wants to demonize, and countless other examples of these sorts of divisive tactics. In this way, the imperialists are able to keep Yemen fragmented, using it as a pawn on the geopolitical chessboard.

A Connection Between Yemen and Syria?

With all this talk about Yemen, the question might be, “So, what’s this got to do with Syria?” The answer to this question can be found in an analysis of the social movements of the two countries. In Syria, just as in Yemen, there is a real, pro-democracy opposition that took to the streets in hopes of forcing reforms. Both movements began with high-minded ideals and sought to end what they perceived to be the outdated rule of dictatorial leaders. However, unlike Yemen, Syria has been under assault by West-sponsored, foreign mercenary terrorists who have usurped the title of “opposition”, thereby making the real opposition into a mere irrelevancy on the international stage. The United States and its proxies in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Israel, and elsewhere are responsible for this reprehensible turn of events.

And so, when the Obama administration claims that the Yemeni model is the best course of action in Syria, what they mean is that their tactics of subversion through terrorism are simply a means to an end. Just as in Yemen, the United States seeks to topple Assad and install a puppet government, one that would be comfortable under the thumb of the imperialist ruling class. The US has no interest in protecting the rights of the ethnic and religious minorities or the real opposition (namely the National Coordinating Committee and the Popular front) in Syria, just as they had little interest in furthering the democratic aspirations of the people of Yemen. Rather, Obama and those who control him, seek regime change in Syria in order to use that nation as a geopolitical chess piece against Iran, Russia and any other nation unfortunate enough to be deemed an “enemy” of the United States.

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Pakistan Refuses to Join Saudi Aggression, Votes to Stay out of Yemen

BREAKING- Zionist Occupation Saudi Arabia fighter jets targeted a mosque, martyred 3 and wounded 17 civilians during prayer in San’aa Dar ul Haid area.
BREAKING- Zionist Occupation Saudi Arabia fighter jets targeted a mosque, martyred 3 and wounded 17 civilians during prayer in San’aa Dar ul Haid area.

10 April 2015 21:56

Enemies of Islam, and muslims the Zionist Occupation Saudi Arabia fighter jets targeted a mosque, martyred 3 and wounded 17 civilians during prayer in San’aa Dar ul Haid area. İslami Davet (Our Turkish Website)

URGENT- Enemies of Islam, Zionist Saudi Arabia and coalition, getting ready for ground operation in Yemen. Tanks and armored vehicles deployed to the border. Saudi tanks bombed the borders of Sa’da, Hejja regions.
URGENT- Enemies of Islam, Zionist Saudi Arabia and coalition, getting ready for ground operation in Yemen. Tanks and armored vehicles deployed to the border. Saudi tanks bombed the borders of Sa’da, Hejja regions.

10 April 2015 21:32

URGENT- Enemies of Islam, Zionist Saudi Arabia and coalition, getting ready for ground operation in Yemen. Tanks and armored vehicles deployed to the border. Saudi tanks bombed the borders of Sa’da, Hejja regions. İslami Davet (Our Turkish Website)

Pakistan Refuses to Join Saudi Aggression, Votes to Stay out of Yemen
Pakistan Refuses to Join Saudi Aggression, Votes to Stay out of Yemen

10 April 2015 18:57

Pakistan’s parliament on Friday urged the government to stay out of the conflict in Yemen, rejecting Saudi demands for Islamabad to join its aggression on Yemen. An unanimous resolution passed by a special session of parliament backed the government’s commitment to protect Saudi Arabia’s territory, which has so far not been threatened by the conflict. But it said Pakistan should play a…

Yemeni Army Drives al-Qaeda out of Bani Hilal despite Saudi Strikes
Yemeni Army Drives al-Qaeda out of Bani Hilal despite Saudi Strikes

10 April 2015 18:52

Following two weeks of Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen, destruction in residential and public areas increased as the Saudi warplanes bombed the Jarraf neighborhood north of capital Sanaa, razing several buildings in the area, Al-Manar TV correspondent reported Wednesday. The hostile war jets also targeted a number of private factories and stocks in the capital, as well as oil stations in…

Sana’a protest slams Saudi attacks on Yemen
Sana’a protest slams Saudi attacks on Yemen

10 April 2015 18:30

Thousands of Yemeni protesters have poured into the streets of the capital, Sana’a, to condemn the Saudi deadly military aggression against their country as a violation of international law. In a mass rally on Friday, the Yemeni demonstrators waved national flags and carried large banners while calling on the international community to probe crimes committed in their country by the Saudi…

Battered Yemen receives first batch of international aid
Battered Yemen receives first batch of international aid

10 April 2015 18:29

Planes sent by international aid organizations have reached the Yemeni capital as the Saudi regime continues to batter its impoverished southern neighbor. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the UN children’s agency, UNICEF, said their medical aid arrived in Sana’a on Friday. The arrival of the planes comes after weeks of appeals for a safe path by aid groups…

Muslim faced zionist Saudi regime’s and Allies’ enemy is YEMEN not zionist Israel: At Least 180 Children Killed in Saudi-Led War on Yemen
Muslim faced zionist Saudi regime’s and Allies’ enemy is YEMEN not zionist Israel: At Least 180 Children Killed in Saudi-Led War on Yemen

10 April 2015 17:32

The incessant attacks on Yemeni soil by Saudi Arabia and its allies have led to the death of a large number of civilians, including 180 children, media reports said. The Riyadh-led coalition’s onslaughts on Yemen are underway as the country’s hospitals are facing a desperate shortage of medical supplies, according to the report, the Islam Times reported. In the meantime, the Red…

Yemeni Army Drives al-Qaeda out of Bani Hilal despite zionist Saudi regime’s Strikes
Yemeni Army Drives al-Qaeda out of Bani Hilal despite zionist Saudi regime’s Strikes

10 April 2015 17:24

Following two weeks of Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen, destruction in residential and public areas increased as the Saudi warplanes bombed the Jarraf neighborhood north of capital Sanaa, razing several buildings in the area, Al-Manar TV correspondent reported Wednesday. The hostile war jets also targeted a number of private factories and stocks in the capital, as well as oil stations in…

Over 1.000 killed, 15.000 Injured in zionist Saudi Regime’s Aggression in Yemen
Over 1.000 killed, 15.000 Injured in zionist Saudi Regime’s Aggression in Yemen

10 April 2015 17:14

Plumes of smoke rose above the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Thursday following airstrikes by the Saudi warplanes. For two weeks now, the Saudi has failed to stop a power grab by Shiite revolutionary, known as Houthis, whose advance has forced the country’s former president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, to flee and ask Saudis to bomb the country. The growing regional involvement nevertheless…

Battered Yemen receives first batch of international aid
Battered Yemen receives first batch of international aid

10 April 2015 16:47

Planes sent by international aid organizations have reached the Yemeni capital as the Saudi regime continues to batter its impoverished southern neighbor. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the UN children’s agency, UNICEF, said their medical aid arrived in Sana’a on Friday. The arrival of the planes comes after weeks of appeals for a safe path by aid groups…

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Recommended Reading:

YEMEN: Obama’s Fourth War Looming? ~By Boris Volkhonsky

Voice of Russia 26 May 2011

Yemen: Pentagon’s War On The Arabian Peninsula ~ By Rick Rozoff

Stop NATO 15 December 2009

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