Threats to Yemen Prove America Hasn't Learned the Lesson of History
Cockburn, Patrick, The Independent (London, England)
We are the Awaleq
Born of bitterness
We are the nails that go into the rock
We are the sparks of hell
He who defies us will be burned
This is the tribal chant of the powerful Awaleq tribe of Yemen, in which they bid defiance to the world. Its angry tone conveys the flavour of Yemeni life and it should give pause to those in the US who blithely suggest greater American involvement in Yemen in the wake of the attempt to destroy a US plane by a Nigerian student who says he received training there.
Yemen has always been a dangerous place. Wonderfully beautiful, the mountainous north of the country is guerrilla paradise. The Yemenis are …
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Publication information: Article title: Threats to Yemen Prove America Hasn't Learned the Lesson of History. Contributors: Cockburn, Patrick - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: December 31, 2009. Page number: 28. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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