What’s Happening In Yemen?

Andrew Sullivan —  Feb 16 2012 @ 4:44pm

Jeremy Scahill reports on the devastating unintended consequences of America's counterterrorism campaign in the chaotic country:

US policy has enraged tribal leaders who could potentially keep AQAP in check and has, over the past three years of regular bombings, taken away the motivation for many leaders to do so. Several southern leaders angrily told me stories of US and Yemeni attacks in their areas that killed civilians and livestock and destroyed or damaged scores of homes. If anything, the US airstrikes and support for [dictator Ali Abdullah] Saleh-family-run counterterrorism units has increased tribal sympathy for Al Qaeda. 

Meanwhile, Nadia al-Sakkaf doesn't think the recent protest movement will bring down the government:

It was a semi-revolution for Yemeni women in terms of being able to participate strongly in the public sphere in a way they had never done before. For certain women, it was the first time ever they had a voice which they could display publicly and feel safe and accepted by the male-dominated society. But other than that, I don’t think it had any sustainable or institutional element so I wouldn’t say it was a revolution, I would say it was a phenomenon that happened for a purpose and doesn’t have any long-term consequences.