Tens of thousands marched in the capital of Yemen yesterday to protest the continuation of the Saleh dictatorship without Saleh and the international deal to give him immunity from prosecution for the slaughter of democracy protesters during their year-long popular campaign that was repeatedly marred by military attacks on the protesters. How dare the people protest an international agreement!
By out-maneuvering the youthful protesters and marginalizing them, Washington and Riyadh have bought a temporary continuation of their influence at the expense of opening the door wide to Tehran, which now has an opportunity to challenge Riyadh in its own backyard and simultaneously occupy the moral high ground of supporting the Arab Spring movement.
Plus ca change...
Yemen: Politics As Usual discusses the international deal manipulating Yemen.