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America and Yemen - A Crisis for AllThe late twentieth century and the early 2000’s have been a time of chaos andconflict in the Middle East. While some wars, like Operation Enduring Freedom whichbegan after the terrorist attacks of September 11th, are well known terms to most, manydo not know about the current crisis in Yemen. Yemen is a large, poor country on theArabian peninsula. Civil war has been raging in Yemen for several years betweenHouthi rebels, who support the former president, and the current Yemeni governmentunder President Hadi. Complicating things is the Iranian support of the Houthi rebelsand the U.S. and Saudi Arabian support of the Hadi government. This conflict of manyinterests has created an extreme situation with serious consequences for everyoneinvolved. One question that must be examined is what has been the impact of USinvolvement, policies and actions during the Yemeni crisis? Why should this matter?First, terrorist organizations found in Yemen are a serious threat to the safety of theUnited States. Second, the harsh situation in Yemen as a result of war is a majorhumanitarian crisis. Finally, because of where Yemen is located, global trade routes arebeing threatened.There are many journalists who have been writing about the currentsituation. Most of the research criticizes the United States, Saudi Arabia and Iran forgetting involved. However, many also agree it is difficult for the United States to stayneutral as a world leader. There are also many articles about “competing narratives” ordifferent sides of the story of the war.A look at a timeline of events in Yemen as well asdifferent viewpoints of the war helps in breaking down the US’ involvement. In the end, itseems like American involvement is first nationalism (protecting our country fromterrorism), humanitarian, and definitely about keeping ties with Saudi Arabia.Morehumanitarian aid and planning, and less military intervention must occur for involvementin Yemen to be considered a success.Yemen is located on the Arabian peninsula at the entrance of the Red Sea. Theclimate of Yemen is hot and dry,but some areas can support agriculture. The land canbe mountainous and even remote or secluded or in some cases untouched (Wenner).
This territory has been an extremely important location since biblical times.BecauseYemen is bordered by both the Red Sea and the Arabian Sea, it is in the middle of majortrade routes between Asia and Africa. North and South Yemen (which was a part ofBritish colonialism) merged in 1990. Power struggles, civil war and violence have takenplace in Yemen since then.Yemen was ruled for 33 years by a coalition leader who came into power afterunification, President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Saleh basically bought support and playedvarious Yemeni groups against each other and even world leaders like Saddam Husseinand George W. Bush (Al Jazeera). The Saleh government was extremely corrupt andalso embezzled Yemen oil reserve money. Meanwhile, citizens of Yemen were and are

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Spring
Professor
Corpora
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Saudi Arabia, Yemen

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