Thursday, January 7, 2010
Yemen We Hardly Knew Thee.
Are we so myopic as a culture and people to just be reactive instead of geared for action? Even after the 2000 terrorist bombing of the USS Cole, by al-Qaeda, in the port city of Aden, Yemen, many Americans, especially the state run media outfits, continue to act as if they were oblivious to Yemen's importance as a source of terrorism. Yemen has been in the news forever, when, during the 1980's, there was wanton poaching of the black rhinoceros, it was Yemen that provided the market for the rhinos' tusks, to be used to make the handle of the Yemeni dagger or Jambiya. Okay, the only part of this story I didn't know was the name of the dagger and I'm a moron. Yet, seemingly intelligent government officials are pretending, or not, how surprising it is to discover this new front of terror. Yemen has been a basket case for nearly two generations. Prior to the 1950's there were 50,000 Jews living in Yemen, today there are little more than 200 Jews to be found there and they are being persecuted and dozens are being forced to convert to Islam. There were and are efforts by many Jewish organizations to relocate these people, for their own sake, yet many refuse or are reluctant to leave for fear they will loose all they posses. As recently as one year ago,