'US pushing Yemen towards war'
Wed Aug 3, 2011 10:5AM
Interview with E. Michael Jones, editor of Culture Wars magazine
Yemeni protesters have once again demonstrated in the flashpoint city of Taizz, calling for the downfall of Ali Abdullah Saleh's regime and trial of its officials.
The protest comes a day after the regime forces killed two opposition tribesmen and injured several more in Taizz.
To further discuss the issue, Press TV interviewed E. Michael Jones, the editor of Culture Wars magazine in Indiana.
Press TV: Dr. Jones, we know that the Joint Meetings Parties (JMP), the main party of the opposition in Yemen, said it was prepared to form a transitional council without the General's People's Congress and the acting president.
However, that did not happen. What do you think is preventing the formation of a transitional ruling council in Yemen right now?
Jones: Well, the United States has made the wrong decision. They have built instead of dealing with the democratic process which they say they believe in.
They hurried up and built a drone base in Yemen and now they are using drones to attack the people of Yemen. This is not the solution to the problem. This was not the cause.
The cause of Saleh leaving power was not armed tribes which were there, it was the mass demonstration. You cannot combat a mass demonstration with drones. They've made the wrong decision.
Press TV: Dr. Jones, Mullen said that "al-Qaida leadership still resides on the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. The federate group that is in Yemen is an incredibly dangerous group that has taken full advantage of the chaos." How true is that claim and how do you assess al Qaeda's power in Yemen?
Jones: I think al-Qaeda is now in Libya fighting against Gaddafi. How do you know where al-Qaeda is? How do you know al-Qaeda exists? I mean what we are talking about here is what was a democratic revolution which should have been supported by the United States.
If the United States believes in its own principles but which was not which changed now they have checked the path of military repression probably because of the urging of the Saudi regime to the point where they will push the people into the very position that they do not want them to go into.
In other words, into a military conflict that could be exploited by a group of militants if they wanted to. You're radicalizing the population by doing this thing. It is a repeat of the failed policy that took place in Pakistan. Now it is being replaced here. This is what happens when you do not have principle behind your foreign policy.
You start using the instruments, the instruments start determining the policy. So you have these great missiles, these drones to fly around and kill the people. So let's let them decide the policy rather than deciding and according to principles. That is the heart of the problem.
Press TV: Dr. Jones, do you think the situation in Yemen is prone now for any foreign intervention to take place either by Saudi Arabia or by the United States? Of course we are seeing those drone attacks but do you think there will be some attempt in the near future to get involved militarily? And if that does happen what do you think it will be aimed at?
Jones: No, the United States cannot get involved on the ground in Yemen. They are already overextended. That is the problem. The other problem is that you cannot win a war with drones or airplanes.
The history has shown that from the Vietnam, the Serbian war and now the Libyan war proves you cannot win a war with airplanes. So all they are doing is antagonizing the people and making them more and more militant. In order to understand this situation, you have to understand what is driving it, what is the philosophy here.
It is neo-conservatism. What is neo-conservatism? This is Russian revolutionary ideology that came to us from Trotsky. It is the Brezhnev Doctrine. It is basically saying every country that we now control. We must maintain control over and we must spread the revolution to new countries. Well, that is the doctrine. It is impossible to bring this about.
The United States military is already overextended. By taking the military option, they are ensuring the ultimate collapse of their strategy.
Press TV: So what are they trying to do in Yemen to maintain those interests, Dr. Jones?
Jones: They think they can maintain the status quo with drones and that is impossible. It was not armed people that brought about the fall. It was not an armed insurrection that brought about the fall of president Saleh. It was a democratic popular demonstration uprising.
You cannot combat that with drones. It is like using a hand grenade to dispel the fog. You cannot do it. It doesn't work. But they have the instruments; they have no policy; so they rely on instruments.
Press TV: Do you think that Yemen is going to be another Somalia? Will we be seeing a secession taking place in that country?
Jones: The first program I was on in Press TV, I said that the danger was that Yemen was going to become Somalia. It can split up into two countries; it can split up into tribes.
Yeah, that is the danger. I do not think that a military solution can be imposed from the outside. The United States needs to close down its drone base and it needs to start promoting constructive steps for the democratic transition to power. That is what they have got to do.