Adam Baren has a great article about the Yemen violence and most of it's root cause.
SANAA, YEMEN—As a mob of angry demonstrators descended on the heavily guarded United States Embassy in Sanaa, many observers seemed stunned into disbelief. The breach of the Embassy itself was unthinkable. And the sheer anger displayed by the demonstrators, even according to many Yemenis, was chilling. But even if a video regarded as blasphemous prompted Thursday’s events, the factors at play involve much more than a movie.
Here's the real reason so many Muslims are protesting and attacking our Embassies.
Beyond political issues, many Yemenis have expressed deep resentment over the ongoing American drone campaigns against local AQAP figures. While the Yemeni government has permitted the strikes, many Yemenis see them as an infringement of the nation’s sovereignty and a violation of the rule of law, and they bristle at the way civilian casualties are brushed off as “collateral.” Some Yemeni politicians and tribal leaders have long quietly argued that the strikes have led to a hardening of anti-American sentiment in Yemen. The recent deaths of 10 Yemeni civilians in an apparent US drone strike last week further inflamed popular anger over the drones.
Maybe there wouldn't be any collateral damage if they weren't the country with the highest rate of Al Quida hiding out there. If they want collateral damage, we could always carpet bomb the area like we did in WWII. Decimate several square miles and let them bitch about that. It's obvious that our "leaders" in DC aren't going to do anything. Embassies all over the middle east are being attacked and until they actually enter the building, the Marines will hold their fire. Even though the ground it sits on is US territory.
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Adam Baron is a freelance journalist based in Sanaa, Yemen. His work has appeared in numerous outlets in the United...