Remember the good ol’ days when terrorists just pretty much blew up other Muslims? Oh sure, the occasional Marine or US embassy worker got it in the neck—and Israelis always had to watch out which pizza parlor to frequent or which bus to board—but mostly it was just a good old-fashioned blood-letting in the Arab street.
Yeah, that was awesome.
Well, Yemen remembers those days, too, and is trying to cash in on the nostalgia by opening a theme park, which I’ll call wAlt Qaeda:
Yemen has launched a wide-scale offensive against al Qaeda in the country’s southeastern province, a government official said Tuesday.
The Yemeni government “dispatched forces backed by heavy weaponry, jets and choppers to surround a mountainous area,” said the official who asked for anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the media.
The official said the offensive was in response to a militant attack last week on a pipeline carrying liquefied natural gas. The official described the multi-billion dollar pipeline as a “lifeline of the region.”
The official dismissed reports that militants had occupied homes and barricaded themselves. He also challenged claims that 80,000 people had been displaced.
The Yemeni government has been fighting a growing al Qaeda element in Yemen called al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). The militant offshoot group grabbed the attention of the West with the Christmas Day attempted bombing of a Northwest Airlines trans-Atlantic flight as it landed in Detroit, Michigan.
The suspect, Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab, who has pleaded not guilty to six federal terrorism charges, was reportedly trained and armed in Yemen.
Since its inception in January 2009, AQAP has claimed responsibility for numerous terrorist attacks against Saudi, Korean, Yemeni and U.S. targets.
Yemen put on trial four al Qaeda suspects Monday. Yemen’s defense ministry website said the suspects — two Yemenis, a German and an Iraqi — stand accused of criminal conspiracy and planning to target foreign tourists and interests as well as vital government and military installations in Yemen.
I believe there’s a Yemen, even though I’ve never seen it myself, because people I have no reason to distrust tell me it’s there. But I’m not sure I buy the rest of it.
Just look at the hardened terrorists they’re going to try:
They’re more ‘N Sync than Al Qaeda—where are they supposedly recruiting from, the waiting room of Creative Artists? They’re the kind of guys you’d hope your daughter might bring home.
Except for the guy on the left: he’s scum obviously. He’s probably the drummer.
And our government is playing along:
The Obama administration has stepped up its attention on Yemen and Monday, the president’s counterterrorism adviser, John Brennan, affirmed U.S. military support with Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, the U.S. Embassy said.
A counterterrorism official told CNN that the administration recognizes that “not enough is being done in Yemen” to meet the growing challenge posed by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
“We need to scale up efforts to disrupt the group,” said the official, who spoke about sensitive issues on the condition of anonymity.
Is the Left just going to allow Bloody Barack Obama to start another war? Escalation in Afghanistan isn’t enough for him, he needs to kick some Yemeni a** too?
I read that Yemen is running out of oil, but has discovered some natural gas fields, so how ’bout this for an anti-war chant? “No a** for gas!” Or maybe “No methane, mofo!”
Okay, my protesting days are long behind me. Others can do a lot better, I’m sure.