2017-12-28

The Most Important Story in the World

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by Neil Godfrey

Now you will know that I really do, as I have tried to point out a number of times, read sources from the full range of the political spectrum. The desperate headline of a story from The American Conservative reads:

Yemen’s Humanitarian Catastrophe: The Most Important Story in the World

The American Conservative has possibly published more stories on the ongoing and deteriorating crisis in Yemen than any other media organization I know. I think they have done so daily. So I can understand the addition of “The Most Important Story in the World” to get attention.

From the latest by Daniel Larison,

The country’s humanitarian crisis was already one of the world’s worst by the end of 2015, and by this time last year it had eclipsed every other catastrophe on the planet. Today the multiple, overlapping disasters of mass starvation and a record-setting cholera epidemic easily make the suffering of Yemen’s civilian population the largest crisis and most important story in the world. More than eight million people are on the verge of famine, and at least another nine million don’t have enough to eat. Over one million have contracted cholera, and that number will keep rising if things remain as they are. All of this has come about in large part because of the deliberate choices of the Saudi-led coalition and their Western patrons, including the U.S. . . . .

The United States of America is around about the bottom of my priority list of countries I would like to visit, sorry. The reasons are many. But when I read the above then for a moment I find myself wishing I really were in the United States right now.

If I were in the USA today then I would be pulling out all stops to find and establish contacts with other persons concerned about what the Yemenis are suffering right now, and then work with those like-concerned persons to begin to raise local awareness of what is happening and why; and then to establish links with like-minded groups across the nation; and then to co-ordinate and brainstorm ideas for raising public (and media) awareness; and to organize, step by step, ways to bring crowds out into the streets, to get media attention, with a view to making the entire movement seriously national — and trying to damn well put serious media pressure on f..king Trump to use the power and influence he claims to have with the Saudis to actually DO something positive … for those Trump and co probably don’t really even know are real people because they are so low on his scale of what is indicative of relevance and importance …. for the Yemenis.

 

 

 

2 Comments

  • 2017-12-28 09:34:12 UTC - 09:34 | Permalink

    Neil,

    I understand your anger and as I have said since the late sixties – the US is a pretty also-ran nation. However, according to Thierry Meyssan, Trump is running a Masonic ‘lets get back to 1791’ agenda. Thierry may not be your favourite journalist but within his biases he has a go. So the notion of the Yemenis is one of pull back from meddling and those rotten immigrants. He will not do anything for Yemen because he is running a different agenda to your conception. It’s not so bad as is made out by some but is worse than portrayed by others. The American Conservative has on rare occasions passed before my eyes but so have many other sources such as Ben Fulford, etc. I believe that Yemen is only going anywhere if Russia and China get a petro-yuan and the Saudi consequently have to tow a new line to play – a sort of reverse ‘pay-to-play’. When Saudi call a halt to their games the US will call a halt to their games.

    • Neil Godfrey
      2017-12-28 19:34:17 UTC - 19:34 | Permalink

      What I am trying to say is that change will come when a critical mass of people organize for activist protests that are calculated to impose costs on the administration for continuing its current course. We know the political pressures and intentions of the powers that be. The only factor that is going to interrupt the current course is if unforeseen costs begin to emerge. That, of course, requires serious commitment and organization. That’s how change does happen at critical periods in Western societies.

      Unfortunately Yemenis don’t stir the same perceptions of cultural identification as, say, the people of the Holy Land do. There are other factors that add to the difficulties, too. But graphic media focus can a catalyst for the actions necessary.

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