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Yemen Dismisses Al Qaeda Threat as 'Exaggerated'

By Borzou Daragahi

Yemeni officials on Sunday dismissed the threat posed by Al Qaeda in their country as "exaggerated" and downplayed the possibility of cooperating closely with the United States in fighting Islamic militants.


U.S. Kicks Hornet's Nest in Yemen

By Eric Margolis

Just before the Detroit air incident, U.S. warplanes killed 50-100 Yemeni tribesmen fighting the American-backed regime. U.S. special forces, warplanes and killer drones have been active since 2001, assassinating Yemeni militants and anti-government tribal leaders. It was only a matter of time before Yemeni jihadists struck back at the U.S.


'Orchard of fighters' grows out of poverty and mistrust in Yemen

"A US intervention, will provoke a backlash" among normal Yemenis, a conservative and poorly educated population distrustful of what they considered to be an aggressive West, Saeed al-Jemhi, the author of AlQaeda in Yemen, said. "This can only work in al-Qaeda's favour."


Yemen seizes 'Israel-linked' cell

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has said the security forces have arrested a group of alleged Islamist militants linked to Israeli intelligence.


The $30bn pair of underpants

Will the US ramp up its efforts in a new country each time there is an attempted attack, putting US "boots on the ground" against an enemy that is impossible to defeat? Such a policy would fulfill al-Qaeda's wildest dreams, as the US suffers death by a thousand cuts, bleeding out in an ever wider web of interconnected and unsustainable global conflicts.


Insouciant Americans

By Paul Craig Roberts

The Underwear Bomber case indicates that whoever is behind these bomb scares is laughing at our gullibility.


From Information Clearing House


2010: A Peace Odyssey?

Randall Amster J.D., Ph.D., Truthout: "Another year brings another war, so it would seem. Already in the works beforehand, but now hastened by the Christmas 'underwear bomber,' we are swiftly moving down a road that could lead straight to another front in the generational war without end. The al-Qaeda bogeyman rears its head, and we respond like clockwork. All aboard folks - next stop, Yemen."


In Yemen, Locals Worry About Obama Policy on Al-Qaeda

Michael Horton, The Christian Science Monitor: "Amid an intensifying US effort to curb Al Qaeda activity in Yemen, locals in this impoverished country are worried that a focus on military aid alone could backfire - spawning a more robust militant movement and potentially drawing the US into an Afghanistan-like war."



National security: The big fraud

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Sheldon Richman


The handwringing about the would-be Christmas Day airplane bomber and the politicians’ tiresome declarations that it will never happen again miss the point: As long as the U.S. government pursues its imperial program of invasion, regime change, occupation, and sponsorship of corrupt governments in the Muslim world, Americans will be targets for avengers. This does not excuse the killing of innocents — it merely points out an inevitable chain of events. It’s either foreign intervention and retaliatory terrorism or nonintervention and security. There’s no third way...


The problem is aggression, not government

Albuquerque Libertarian Examiner
by Kent McManigal


Coercion, aggression, and theft are the issues. The only reason government actions are targeted as much as they are by those who love and understand liberty is that the state is the focus of these evil forces. Using coercion, aggression, and theft wielded on your behalf by the biggest gang of thugs to deal with a threatening individual is simply wrong and pathetic...


Warning: War is unjust, gory and tragic

Liberty For All
by Kevin Joseph Tull


War is death and destruction and at its best it may be a necessary evil. It is losing a fellow soldier you have come to love as dearly as a brother. It is seeing mothers holding the dead and disfigured bloody corpses of their children and screaming in anguish for the loss. It is wondering how you can ever live again in a civilized society after having the brains of your best friend splatter across your chest and face. It is killing with extreme prejudice, drilled into you by your leaders, the enemy who you can no longer imagine as human, but instead some horrific animal whose last breath must be shot, crushed and beaten out of him. Somehow knowing this, men can sit calmly, in safety, far from war and make rules pertaining to the proper conduct of war. These same men who would order boys to carry out the atrocities of war while denying them so much as a shot of whisky before the carnage...


Government is no friend of peace

Center for a Stateless Society
by Darian Worden


While there are many reasons for people to be discontented, a major problem is that the state invades their liberty and social and economic authority further restrict them. Peace and unity under the state are unsatisfactory at best, and murderous lies at worst. Because the guiding logic of statism is control, there never has been a peaceable state and there never will be. A primary function of the state is directing the use of resources and labor in ways those in charge consider beneficial. The individuals who produce what authority takes are left out of decisions as much as leaders dare. So immediately the operation of the state creates conflict...


Spinning the War on Terror

The American Prospect
by Adam Serwer


Both the attempted underwear bombing on Christmas Day and Osama bin Laden’s subsequent propaganda tape taking credit for the attack are evidence of al-Qaeda’s operational decline since September 11. Al-Qaeda has proved to be its own worst enemy when it comes to justifying its existence — a recent study showed that only 15 percent of al-Qaeda’s victims have been foreigners, meaning that the vast majority of those killed have been Muslims. But recent terror-related incidents point to the importance that terrorist narratives, when they resonate, have in inspiring or radicalizing the disillusioned, even in the United States...


American jihadis: Blame violence-prone boys, not Islam

Christian Science Monitor
by Alia Malek


The recent arrest in Yemen of Somali-American Sharif Mobley, accused of being a member of an Al Qaeda affiliated group, raises the question: Why are young American men abandoning this country’s promise and opportunities to pursue jihad in foreign countries with groups rooted in anti-Americanism? From concerned citizens to journalists to think tank panels to Capitol Hill, everyone seems to think that the key to understanding ‘why’ these men have turned against America lies in the pathology of Islam. But they’re missing something big. … By focusing on religion, the discussion about the radicalization of Muslim American youth ignores the more salient factors: gender and an American acceptance of violence. The literature on masculinity, boys, and violence is well developed, yet seemingly disregarded in examinations of these Muslim Americans...


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