A prominent political analyst says the US “has provided shelter to more criminals - members of government - who have killed people than any other country in the world”.
It has been a week that the United States has played host to Yemen's Ali Abdullah Saleh for what is being described as a medical visit. The US has imposed a media blackout on his visit.
Demonstrators in the US are calling for Saleh to be prosecuted for the killings of anti-regime protesters in Yemen.
Meanwhile, Yemenis have held mass rallies calling for him to return to Yemen and be prosecuted.
Press TV has conducted an interview with Ali Al-Ahmed, IGA director, to further discuss the issue. The following is a transcription of the interview.
We hear that Ali Abdullah Saleh is in the US on claims of medical treatment. But should there be a news blackout on him?
I don’t think there should be a news blackout. The US government, obviously, is extremely embarrassed.
At the same time, it is pushing for a resolution to remove the regime in Syria for a crackdown done on protesters, yet it is protecting the dictator of Yemen who has killed more people than those killed in Syria. So, this is really embarrassing for the US government.
The Syrian representative in the United Nations did not take advantage of that. I was not surprised.
However, this is not new. This has always been the United States’ policy. In fact, the United States has provided shelter to more criminals, former members of government, who have killed people than any other country in the world. So, it’s the number one destination for dictators and their henchman.
How much of this blackout is sponsored by the US administration, do you think?
Well, the US government has always had an influence over the media in the United States in certain areas especially when it comes to foreign policy. And that is very clear.
It doesn’t mean that every station is going to abide by that but they do make it difficult for them, for example they were hiding his whereabouts. The United States government has provided Ali Abdullah Saleh with full diplomatic immunity and treats him like a President.
His body guards are provided by the Secret Service, and his [motorcade] is protected by the United States [government internal affairs]. He’s staying in the Ritz Carlton in New York where the protests broke earlier today and a shoe was thrown in his direction under the protection of the United States government.
Some people were arrested and this is, ironically, possibly one of those things where throwing shoes will be prosecuted under the United States law for criminal charges.
Recently, there was a security conference held in the German city of Munich, and the main focus there was how to deal with Syria. But there was no mention of Yemen or Bahrain despite the revolutions going on there?
Let’s be honest. These situations in the Middle East, the Western countries support only the efforts that would benefit them. In Bahrain and in Yemen, these are deliberately omitted.
You saw Obama’s speech on the State of the Union a couple of weeks ago, and he did not allude to Bahrain or to Yemen despite the fact that the situation there is probably worse in terms of the people who have been killed.
Yet, this shows you really where the policy in the United States of America really is, that it’s not about human rights, it’s not about democracy; it’s about geopolitical weight.
And the United States is targeting Syria because Syria really has an independent policy of the United States. That’s why they want to subjugate Syria under this regime or another regime.
That is the goal of the United States and its Western allies and, of course, Arab allies, to subjugate Syria through their Western influence.
It’s interesting that only part of the [P]GCC agreement on Yemen has been implemented and that's the immunity given to Saleh. Why hasn't the rest of the agreement been implemented, do you think?
Well from the get go, this agreement or this [P]GCC plan was aimed at trying to undermine the revolution, to cut off it off, to remove it from the news coverage, and try to divide the revolution and to stop the change of regime. And so far they have succeeded in doing so.
The regime of Ali Abdullah Saleh remains despite the fact that Ali Abdullah Saleh is not in Yemen. He is still the president of Yemen and his people are in control of the situation in Yemen with the help of the United States and [P]GCC countries, especially Saudi Arabia.