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Via FP This Week at War: The Middle East's Cold War Heats Up
Hours of fun, nuclear armed shiites vs nuclear armed wahabbists with the assorted non nuclear armed sunnis in the middle.
I sense the future of the Middle East will feature glass, lots of green phosphorescent glass.
Let them crack on. Yeman is a fucked up shithole anyway. Becoming the World's largest glass car park, is the best thing that could happen to that area.
Normally when the Yemen blows up we send half a squadron from Hereford to sort it out.
Didn't work the last time we tried it, hence our withdrawal from Aden in 1968. OTOH certain 'freelance' activities were important in getting the Egyptians to withdraw in the 1960s, a war in which Saudi and Iran both backed the 'royalists' against the Egyptian backed republican government.
IIRC, we were about to hand it back anyway, then all the crap kicked off. I believe if we were staying, then the result would have been different.
Still a shithole though.
Saudi Arabia are already at War propping up the 'Students' in Afghanistan and attempting to keep the Shiites and infidedels out of its Sunni 'paradise'. It's just one of their global attempts at formenting Jihadism in the name of spreading 'his' word and converting everyone else & knocking off the followers of Ali. So this is just one of many skirmishes.
If Iran seizes the gulf then the port at Aden is going to be very important for Saudi.
Yemen was kicking off anyway, which is one reason we decided to leave Aden (the original plan was to leave the outlying bits but keep Aden as a base). Of course, the chaos grew far worse when Blighty announced it was leaving Aden as well.
Unleaded at Â£20 per litre anyone?
What tha!!!? Going to have to study this one methinks....
thought it was more we couldnt afford it (politically/economically) so we sent in a load of merc's under a dodgy deal. i seem to remember David Stirling was involved heavily.
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