Sunday, November 15, 2009

Proxy war in Yemen?

I generally oppose secessionist movements in the global South. Yemen's apparent president-for-life Ali Abdullah Saleh, as far as I can tell, is far from unusually bad by the standards of Arab leadership in the Middle East.

I've read allegations that Iran is supporting Yemen's Houthi rebels against Yemen's government and Saudi Arabia. I don't have enough information about Yemen to form an opinion about that allegation or the merits of either of the sides in the conflict.

A democratic Arabia would likely deal with events such as a civil war on its borders much more effectively than the Saudi monarchy, just because monarchies of the Saudi type consistently produce poor leadership and dulled incentives to ambition which permeate the entire society.

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