A sandstorm the size of the continental United States covers all of Arabia

A sandstorm the size of the continental United States covers all of Arabia

“The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure that it will kill you too, but there will be no special hurry.” – Ernest Hemingway

In Stephen King’s epic novel “The Stand,” the character known as Mother Abigail, a 108-year-old, deeply spiritual African-American woman from Nebraska, states that after the Great Flood of Noah, “I’m sure there was a great battle for the souls of those who survived … for their way of thinking.” “The Stand” is one of the most successful novels ever written, and the 1994 made-for-TV series starring Rob Lowe and Molly Ringwald was truly a national event. As 2017 unfolds, more ancillary cultural products are being devised for “The Stand,” including new Hollywood films and another TV series. Read about it here.

“The Stand” is a rare and special novel in that it’s spiritual, nominally Christian, as well as an economic juggernaut. It has thrilled fans since its release in 1978. The plot of “The Stand” involves an apocalyptic biological Armageddon that destroys 99 percent of the world’s population. The moral and decent people in the U.S. congregate around Mother Abagail in Colorado. The evil people rally in Las Vegas under the Antichrist – Flag – who is busy seeking out nuclear weapons to use against The Remnant in the Boulder “Free Zone.”

Some of the more memorable characters in “The Stand” include “The Trashcan Man,” a pyromaniac from Indiana who unearths a thermonuclear weapon. There’s “The Kid,” a perverted, crazy hotrod driver zealously guarding Coors beer. “The Kid” is plotting to overthrow the Antichrist. Since Flag can shapeshift into a crow and fly through the night, it should come as no surprise that “The Kid” winds up being eaten by wolves.

Las Vegas, known in the post-plague world as “The West,” is run by the Antichrist like a professional military operation. Drug addicts are crucified in public along Interstate 15. Hard liquor is eschewed, and readers are told that “it’s best to stick to bottled beer.”

The good people in “The Stand” include Larry Underwood, a handsome, arrogant rock star who never cared for anyone except himself. His new hit single “Baby, Can You Dig Your Man?” was headed for “American Top 40” status when the plague hit. Larry’s record bonus was squandered in a Pacman Jones-style “I’m making it rain!” cocaine party, so Larry had to flee Los Angeles for New York to avoid the balance due.

Stu Redman was supposed to play quarterback at Texas A&M – until his mother got cancer. He stayed home to take care of her. The most powerful scene in the TV series occurs when Stu breaks his leg near Green River, Utah, and Larry at first refuses to leave him behind. Larry has changed for the better. Stu tells Larry he must continue his trek to Las Vegas to face (and destroy) the Antichrist. Stu says God will send a raven if He wants him (Stu) to eat. In Las Vegas, Larry prays to God (Psalm 23) for the first time.

Help arrives in “The Stand” from Tom Cullen, a mentally slow, blond man-child whose physical strength is surpassed only by his kindness. Nick Andros is a deaf-mute who befriends Tom. After Nick is killed, he becomes Tom’s guardian angel. These characters are so good, kind, decent and noble that it’s impossible not to stand up and cheer for them. Have you ever asked yourself if you will go to heaven? Have you ever really wanted to be sure of that, and devote your life to doing whatever it takes to get there? Stephen King makes a heavenly case for The Remnant in “The Stand.” And surely the very best society on Earth (Cuba, Nepal, Belize, Russia, Oman, Thailand) would be the one offering the greatest number of people the very best chance to go to heaven.

Such visions of the apocalypse are deeply rooted in Judaism, Islam and Christianity. For example, during my time in Arabia, I learned that Shem, the son of Noah who sailed on Noah’s Ark, is believed by local legends to be the founder of Sana’a, a city in Yemen. Some refer to Yemen as, “The most beautiful country you’ll never get to see.” See it here.

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One version of the Arabian legend says:

“Sana’a was founded by Shem, son of Noah. The story tells of how Shem after coming a long way from the north, finally reached Yemen and found the plain of Sana’a most suitable for settlement. Shem chose originally the western part of the Sana’a plain close to Mount Aiban. When he began to lay the foundations a bird came and picked up his sounding lead. Shem followed the bird convinced that it was sent by Allah to show him a more suitable place. The bird flew to the eastern part of the Sana’a plain and dropped the lead at the foot of Mount Nugum. Shem then laid the foundations for a city that was called ‘Madinat Sam’ (the city of Shem). Later, the name changed to Azal (from the biblical Uzal – Genesis 10:27 – the sixth son of Joktan, the Arabic Qahtan). Finally, it was called ‘Sana’a,’ meaning ‘the fortified one,’ in ancient inscription.”

When one considers why the old world was destroyed – sin, violence, Nephilim, genetic mutation, fallen angels or other unknown reasons – the fact remains that the story of a Great Flood is imbedded in cultures as diverse at the Aborigines of Australia and the Native American Indians. The ancient Greeks also have their own tale. Islam, Judaism and Christianity all point to Noah and his ark. Jesus Christ and the Gospels also mention Noah without reservation. I Peter, II Peter and Hebrews make reference in verses here. An erudite analysis of various sacred texts (Bible, Quran) is best left to the academic and scientific experts who can debate the finer details in a town hall-style forum.

Let us ask that if we are all truly one human family, how do we relate (if at all) via our DNA to Shem, Ham, Japheth and Noah? DNA wasn’t discovered until 1944. The Human Genome Project didn’t thrill us until 2000 A.D. Is there any relationship between us and Cain or Abel? Are there two very distinct types of people in the world? Have you noticed that lexis sporting “Cain” is usually deadly – hurricane, cocaine, sugarcane?

An African-American man I knew in Mississippi, Dante (not his real name), once told me the biggest change in the U.S. since World War II was that in previous decades, 66 percent of the people were good, and now 66 percent are not good. William (not his real name), a Mexican-American from Hayward, California, told me he believes there are three distinct divisions of people – 33 percent good, 33 percent evil and 33 percent who just don’t care.

Around Y2K, NBC aired the “Ancient Prophecies” series. Through John Hogue, it noted “Seeress Regina,” a German prophetess who said: “About the time of the end, a peculiar generation will come. They will contain no urge for inner growth, but rather will carry within themselves the seeds of death for the whole world.” Has such a generation already arrived? Could it arrive via transhumanism (H+), AI and “The Singularity”?

Dancing on the heads of snakes

When we look at the history of tribes around the world (Yemen and the entire Arabian Peninsula is tribal), we see they are slaughtered with impunity. Some say this is because of the esoteric knowledge tribes possess, which is somehow a danger to the transnational elite. Whether this is true or merely a scary bedtime story about the boogeyman has no definitive answer. Yet we are left to consider the Trail of Tears, Karen of Burma, Hmong of Laos, the Montagnards, the Kurds (the largest ethnic group on Earth without their own nation) and the Kampas of Tibet. (Noah is believed to have been a Kurd.)

Look at the nuclear weapons fallout the Aborigines of Australia have to deal with at Maralinga. Because of their unique concepts of time itself, the Aborigines understand the meaning of a radioactive half-life of a million years. They stated these beliefs during a court case implicating the British Empire and Commonwealth – who in the 1950s detonated atomic weapons in the Aborigines’ backyard.

In Yemen, a brutal war against yet another tribal people is raging. Millions face famine. A child in Yemen starves to death every 10 minutes. Food aid is restrained by logistics, a naval blockade and internecine warfare. In terms of the stealthier war on tribal DNA, depleted uranium will cause genetic mutations and birth defects in Yemen, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Libya. This will impact/slow the emerging Islamic “population bomb.”

The transnational elite have big plans for Yemen. This includes regional integration via a land bridge from Yemen to Djibouti – and the oil fields of Ethiopia. Yemen possesses oil and natural gas holdings in the Rub al Kali highly coveted by her rich neighbors.

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Beyond the wilderness of mirrors typified by the recent raid on Yemen at Al Ghayil, and the controversy over the “Justice against Sponsors of Terrorism Act,” or JASTA, we now understand how Saudi Arabia dirtied itself through its involvement with 9/11. Kristen Breitweiser explains the details here. Yet instead of implementing sanctions (as we did against apartheid South Africa), we have sold (and continue to sell) the Saudis billions of dollars in weapons to terrorize poor Yemen. (See a real-time Yemen drone report here.)

Because of JASTA, Saudi Arabia has threatened to sell off $750 billion in treasury securities and other assets to prevent them from getting seized. In an effort to reinvent itself, Saudi Arabia’s “Vision 2030” seeks to make structural and societal changes inside the Kingdom – as well as to move the nation away from its reliance on energy exports.

Until recently, U.S. weapons sales to Saudi Arabia included the use of internationally banned cluster bombs manufactured by Textron Systems. Now, (as noted) millions face famine in Yemen, and more than 600,000 children might soon look like skeletons. We have allowed Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, to grow stronger. Instead of helping the Houthis kill off AQAP, we are helping Saudi Arabia and their mercenaries kill the Houthis. We are foolishly taking sides in the Shiite versus Sunni war between Iran and assorted state and non-state actors. U.S. Special Forces are now operating in Yemen with greater latitude. Their mission (hopefully) is to take out AQAP and ISIS affiliates.

That said, we see child soldiers and teens in Yemen wearing flip-flops taking on the Saudi regular army and defeating them. These kids have even captured high-tech equipment provided by the U.S. and the U.K. Yemen is the “graveyard of mercenaries,” as ex-Western-nation Special Forces have been killed there. SEAL Team Six even lost a man in the aforementioned raid, along with a downed aircraft our troops had to blow up when it crashed during the evacuation. The SEALS killed an 8-year-old girl who was an American citizen and other civilians. Sadly, many things obviously went wrong.

The brave journalist Iona Craig went to Yemen to document the story of the raid as told by the survivors. Read it here. The untold story might be that the Houthis and Iran fed the U.S. fake intelligence to get the SEAL Team Six to kill a prime Saudi-financed paymaster who doled out cash to militias fighting against the Houthis. Al Ghayil, the village where the raid took place, is a well-known anti-Houthi stronghold.

Explains Craig, who won the U.K.’s most prestigious prize for investigative journalism:

“Following the onset of civil war in March 2015, Abdulraouf played a key role in leading the self-described ‘resistance’ of local armed militias loyal to the Saudi-led coalition, fighting on the pro-government side of Yemen’s internationally recognized president-in-exile, Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi. As a senior Qayfa tribal figure, Abdulraouf was a well-respected resistance leader. The day before the January raid, he was handing out salaries for pro-government fighters after collecting the money from the nearest Saudi coalition base in the neighboring province of Marib.”

The Saudis attacked the Doctors without Borders hospitals in Yemen several times, and even bombed Yemen’s School for the Blind. Yemen’s schools have been bombed without mercy – and more than 1,600 are now out of commission. Read about that here. Saudi Arabia’s almost unlimited financial wealth finds its way into terrorist coffers, crushes Yemen and aids anti-American jihadists in Syria. Obviously, the petrodollar remains the fixture of Saudi-U.S. relations. It ensures America’s artificially high standard of living and the ability to export inflation to the rest of the world left holding those same petrodollars.

Saudi Arabia is actively seeking weapons of mass destruction from Pakistan. Could nuclear warheads make their way into the hands of America’s enemies through rogue Saudi channels? (Remember 9/11?) Some claim Saudi Aramco operates several private airports in the U.S. – the only non-governmental entity allowed to do so. If so, has anyone considered these airports constitute a major threat to our national security? Can we trust the many state and non-state actors involved with oil, arms, jihad and policy formation?

The United States helped to build Saudi Aramco into the richest company in the history of the world. Then around 1980, the U.S. lost control of Saudi Aramco. Yet Saudi Aramco – staffed by an international collection of some of the most brilliant and adaptable men and women on Earth – remains the world’s largest ATM. However, due to Saudi Arabia’s massive financial problems (oil prices, lifestyles of the royalty, social treats for its citizens, and the bloody war on Yemen) Saudi Aramco is selling off part of the company in an IPO on Wall Street. In effect, everyday investors, banks and the American and transnational financial elite are helping to finance the debacle in Yemen.

Americans supposedly voted to “drain the swamp.” Yet Americans have problems acknowledging Saudi Arabia is like North Korea – only with sand and oil. North Korea boasts “juche” or “self-reliance,” while Saudi Arabia exports jihad and Shariah law.

JFK created the Special Forces to lead partisan rebellions inside places like North Korea. Along that topic, recently SEAL Team Six deployed to South Korea for operational maneuvers aimed at a decapitation strike against North Korea’s leadership. The New York Post explains the details here. See this writer’s white paper on such a strike here.

Whatever JFK’s original vision for the Special Forces, have they now become an archetype Praetorian Guard and death squad? As for recruiting U.S. vets to oppose the JASTA bill before Congress – which will force Saudi Arabia to pay for their horrendous crimes against America and against humanity – the fact that the vets were supposed to stay at the Trump Hotel in D.C. is troubling.

Trump’s controversial decision to keep arming the Saudis is explained here. Trump’s de facto foray into Yemen is deconstructed here. Another critique can be read here. Hillary Clinton’s “achievements” in Yemen have been fleshed out here. Also, 28 Pages.org goes ballistic on JASTA here. Antiwar.com’s Yemen archive is the Home Depot of everything relating to Yemen. MSF details the Saudi-Yemen hospital bombings here, here and here.

As an aside, one of the young actors on “Saturday Night Live,” Pete Davidson, lost his father when he was killed on 9/11 as a firefighter at the World Trade Center. One can only wonder what kind of skit SNL might come up with concerning Saudi Arabia’s terrorism against the U.S. and poor Yemen, and the cozy surroundings of the anti-JASTA vets at Trump’s D.C. hotel. SNL’s “Youngblood,” starring Davidson, explains how easy it is to “get played.” If Iona Craig is correct, then the U.S. got played very badly at Al Ghayil.

A gathering of nations

Yemen is perhaps the world’s poorest nation, along with Haiti and Afghanistan. Yemen is starving and dying. Why must we add to its pain? Instead of sending it food and medicines, we send more death. It is right to engage AQAP, but (as noted) we have otherwise strengthened it for years by default. Amid all of the blood, violence and carnage, one can’t help but to wonder that if the judgement of the pre-Flood world ended in Yemen, will the judgment said to come (by fire, according to sacred texts) also start in Yemen? Is Yemen but one tick of a shadowy apocalyptic clock approaching the zero hour with ever-increasing rapidity?

The idea of moving their respective militaries into this region has been placed into the minds of the leaders of the world’s most powerful nations – including the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Russia and China. Hal Lindsey describes the gathering of many nations for Armageddon here. His book, “The Late Great Planet Earth,” was a best seller and international sensation. Who can say for sure if such prophecies are real or conjecture?

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China has built a military base in Djibouti close to the U.S. base. (The latter was formerly used by the French Foreign Legion.) Russia was actually refused its request for a base in Djibouti. China has since carried out large scale desert maneuvers in the Gobi, perhaps in preparation for similar maneuvers that will one day be required in the MENA region. It’s no accident that Djibouti sits adjacent to a major strategic maritime choke-point.

This article details Saudi Arabia’s pivot to Asia – especially toward China and Japan. Saudi Arabia is endorsing Japan’s desire to deploy troops on/near the Arabian Peninsula and East Africa – as described in the “Joint Saudi-Japanese Vision: 2030.”

One report states:

“A total of a hundred Chinese companies began operating in Saudi Arabia, working in such areas as oil and gas exploration, petrochemistry, housing construction, railway and port projects [and] power plant construction. [King] Salman’s trip to Beijing [resulted in] the attraction of investments from China, with a total worth of bilateral deals reached nearing 65 billion dollars … in the near future military cooperation will be the participation of Chinese military equipment manufacturers in the construction of at least one factory for the production of unmanned aircraft in Saudi Arabia.”

As for Saudi Arabia and Saudi Aramco, they are both shrewd and calculating. Saudi Aramco is a black box in which almost zero information comes out. You can be assured they are working with the Kingdom to invent a new and thriving future. Saudi Arabia’s money enables the nation to buy technology, people, power and prestige. However smart you think Saudi Aramco is as its own entity, multiply that by 10,000 and you wouldn’t even come close. They only hire the elite who are “the best of the best.” If you think Saudi Aramco is 10 steps ahead of the curve, it is probably 1,000 steps ahead.

Channeling Mother Abigail

We continue to witness strange things in our world – the freak weather, the melting of the Arctic ice, fierce storms and tornadoes, not to mention Katrina, Sandy and Rita as NOLA and coastal Mississippi were all but destroyed in 2005. Facebook and Twitter are dominating people’s time. The news is filled with horrible crimes. We must endure open borders, runaway Islamic jihad, the twisting of Holy Scripture, prescription medicines run amok and the resultant pollution of the once pristine groundwater, the giant blob of plastic in the Pacific, nuclear waste, more than $200 trillion in unfunded U.S. liabilities, corporate, consumer and governmental debt, as well as the loss of respect for our treasured institutions. Heroin, ecstasy, cocaine and meth are practically celebrated in our culture as the drug war has been lost. There’s organ and human trafficking, the rising fetal tissue demand and a billion abortions worldwide.

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China, India, Islam and the Catholic Church comprise over 4 billion of the 7 billion-plus people on Earth, yet these blocks do not work together for the good of humanity. Syria, Ukraine, Somalia, Libya (and Yemen) are disasters brought on by the Western-led transnational globalists. Narco-states like Mexico and Afghanistan and Colombia sell poison to children, teens and adults with impunity. Major banks have been fined for laundering illicit drug monies, which underpin the global financial system. These include Citi, Bank of America, JP Morgan, Western Union and HSBC. Read it all here.

The Bible will never again be taught in public schools or read as a guide to life. As such, one can’t help but be reminded of the film “The Book of Eli,” in which Denzel Washington entrusts the last remaining copy of the Holy Bible left on Earth to “Jackie” from “That 70s Show.”

Aids, venereal diseases, suicides, horrendous rush hour traffic, gangs and divorce ruin lives. Many people act in cruel and unstable ways amid the unrelenting chaos. For example, Somalia-style genital mutilation is a horror for untold females around the world. Senseless, meaningless crimes are the order of the day and they keep on coming.

There’s the “Colony Collapse Disorder” of the bees. Some say the sun does not appear as yellow as it used to back in the 1970s. Zombies might try to eat your face in Florida. Or you could get kidnapped and killed by illegal immigrant, MS-13 Satanic worshippers from El Salvador – in Texas – as this article explains in the New York Post. Elon Musk of Tesla fame says we’re living a computer simulation. Read his explanation here. This man claimed to see – back in the 1930s – “The Big One” sending California into the ocean. Is it possible that all of the items mentioned above fit together – like the pieces of a cosmic and multidimensional jigsaw puzzle? Meaning signs in man, space and nature.

We have been told that broad is the path to destruction, and narrow is the way to salvation. We are told to be tolerant, but tolerance is the last value of a morally bankrupt civilization. We stand for nothing and tolerate evil things. Everything is being shaken. Idols are falling. Plans don’t seem to work out. More than eight out of every 10 college graduates in the U.S. can’t find work and thus will return home to live with their parents.

One of the main characters in the hit series “Californication” mused that anything you try to accomplish “will just get ruined anyway.” Clearly the “Happy Days” of the 1950s aren’t coming back, nor are the fun-filled, optimistic times of the 1980s or 1990s. They were great years – back when the future seemed bright and limitless.

Perhaps Mother Abigail was correct when she stated: “I’m sure there was a great battle for the souls of those who survived [the Great Flood of Noah] … for their way of thinking.” In ancient Rome, certain citizens were eaten by lions in public. Today the lions also come in the form of mental, emotional and psychological attacks. Imagine how the people of Yemen might feel in this very moment as you read this article. Imagine the struggle they face for “their way of thinking.” Many readers no doubt feel they’re facing a struggle for their own way of thinking. Drugs, abortion, divorce, death, violence, crime, lies, abuse, confusion, stress, racial strife and brokenness are now “the new normal.”

Red, White and Blue Dawn

In the film “Tomorrow, When the War Began” (also an excellent novel and TV series), some good-looking Australian schoolgirls form a militia to fight the invading Chinese regular army in a rural area of their nation. Led by “Ellie Norton” (adroitly played by Caitlin Stasey and backed up by actress Phoebe Tonkin), they kill Chinese occupiers, carry out operational guerilla tactics and act like real soldiers. Ellie has to be persuaded against executing a white Australian “stoner” teen who fell asleep while on guard duty.

She quickly adapts to the guerilla-militia mindset and displays maturity and leadership.

One of the most powerful moments of the film comes when Ellie sees a painting of British Colonial troops colonizing Australia, with the Aborigines standing idly by in the background. Now her Prisoner Island, once settled by banished convicts, is the staging ground for a great war. Ellie and her militia escaped capture in the initial invasion by hiding out in a remote Outback-like region of Australia simply known as “Hell.”

Along those lines, think of Charlie Sheen (long before his Hollywood, drug, HIV/Aids and other troubles), the late Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey and Lea Thompson taking on the Russian Special Forces in Colorado in the original “Red Dawn.” Recall the line as stated by the Patrick Swayze character concerning why their high school militia – “The Wolverines” – were entitled to kill the invading Soviets and Cubans. “This is our country! We live here!” As patriotic, red-blooded Americans, we should understand this is how the tribes of Yemen might also feel. This is their 1776. Until very recently, Yemen had the same ruler as they did when Jimmy Carter was in the White House.

Saudi Arabia, the US, the UK, elite mercenaries, the UAE and others decided to wage a war against the tribes of Yemen. These tribes are no different in many respects when compared to the idealistic high school students in “Red Dawn” and “Tomorrow, When the War Began.” This is their “Stand.” Yemen’s own Caitlin Staseys and Lea Thompsons have found the courage to fight back. For them it’s “Red, White and Blue Dawn.” (Or “Green and White Dawn” in regard to the flag of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.)

Perhaps in Arabic, they echo the late Patrick Swayze while saying: “This is our country. We live here!” Perhaps like the teenagers in “Red Dawn,” they feel compelled to fight an atheistic state whose national religion is Darwinism based upon survival of the fittest. A regime – that like the Soviet Union – has exported cluster bombs and promotes global abortion. (The Soviet Union promoted abortion in Cuba and elsewhere, much to the consternation of the Fatima message.) And perhaps like the pretty Australian females in “Tomorrow, When the War Began,” the young militia girls in Yemen feel they’re hiding out in a place called “Hell.”

As such, the war on Yemen and resultant famine are a “Crossing of the Rubicon” moment for the Special Forces, Republicans, Democrats, White Hall and arms-suppliers like Textron Systems. Yemen’s war may not be the end of all things, but it is without a doubt the end of our idolatry of the state and our infatuation with high technology, advanced weaponry and black ops. The glory of the Special Forces has been co-opted.

Let’s face the facts: Cluster bombs are designed (at least in part) to look like shiny toys. They blow off the limbs of children so their parents will have to give them extra attention, and then they (the parents) can’t fight in the tribal wars. This concept was fleshed out in “Charlie Wilson’s War” and on Netflix via “The Night Manager.”

Yemen, once home to the biblical Queen of Sheba and some of the world’s most beautiful women, now sees those same women reduced to human skeletons. Should we be surprised? All around the world we see that living a “normal life” has become increasingly difficult, if not impossible. All pretense of innocence has been lost. When we were little, we said the Pledge of Allegiance and sang “Oh beautiful for spacious skies.” We were happy and proud to do so. And we thought we’d feel that way forever.

With that in mind, should the spacious skies of Yemen be filled with killer drones and helicopters ferrying our finest trained killers, or perhaps better yet, palates of food dropped in to feed Yemen’s hungry millions? When did we sign up for famine, depleted uranium and killing 8-year-old girls? One can only wonder that while looking down at Yemen, if the Supreme Being is busy repenting that He ever created man. Perhaps He’s already searching for the 21st-century version of Shem to start over once again.

Like the characters in “The Stand,” many people are facing down evil around the world. In the Philippines and Mexico, stakeholders in illegal narcotics are being hunted without mercy. Read about it here, here and here. Watch the “Sundance Favorite” documentary “Cartel Land” here. In the act of fighting evil, some have now become evil themselves. On the Fourth of July in 1821, John Quincy Adams said, “America does not go abroad searching for monsters to destroy.”

Many people are choosing to turn off their TVs and eschew alcohol. (Perhaps even leaving behind Coors beer, ostensibly saving more for “The Kid” in “The Stand’s” post-apocalyptic world.) Drugs, alcohol and pornography are the moral equivalent of being eaten by wolves. Yet how can we save the world when we can’t even save our own babies, families, schools and neighborhoods from the wickedness surrounding us?

We’ve all heard about the stain of the slave trade, the Trail of Tears, the firebombing of Dresden and the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Someday the history books will talk about the drones, cluster bombs, famine and events at Al Gayil. Clint Eastwood’s “Flags of Our Fathers” explained that memory is too important to be left to the state. (Just try deconstructing the “arms from Iran to Yemen” meme here.)

Only sociopaths hurt others (blockade, $200 billion in arms sales, providing diplomatic cover for the war, neutering Yemen’s Central Bank so the nation’s 1.2 million civil servants have no income to buy food, targeting, bombing, drones, starvation) and then blame the victims (Yemen’s skeleton people) for being hurt. (Example: “Too bad the Houthis and ISIS are your neighbors.”)

Perhaps our salvation rests in how we address (and fix) the American-assisted disaster in Yemen. Hopefully the United Nations Human Rights Commission, the U.N. Security Council, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty, the Vatican and the Red Cross can continue to carry out independent investigations into Yemen’s plight. U.S. bases in Qatar and Bahrain, weapons trafficking, the proposed Yemen-to-Djibouti land bridge, regional alliances, U.S. foreign policy, the Saudi Aramco IPO on Wall Street and the untapped energy resources in the Empty Quarter of Yemen all need to be deconstructed.

It should be noted that two of the banks chosen to lead the Saudi Aramco IPO – HSBC and JP Morgan – are (as noted above) two of the major banks that have paid fines for laundering illegal narcotics monies. These are the same drugs that poison the minds and bodies of our citizenry. In Saudi Arabia, those involved with drugs are beheaded in public. (I was personally invited to attend one such execution.) Yet apparently they have no problem using HSBC and JP Morgan to float the Saudi Aramco IPO – despite these banks’ bold enabling of the drug cartels. As Saint Augustine said: “The truth is like a lion. The lion doesn’t need to be defended. Set the lion free and the lion will defend itself.”

If we are successful in speaking out for those suffering in Yemen who have no voice for themselves, maybe one day we too shall hear, as “The Stand’s” Larry Underwood heard from the heavenly realm, “Well done, My good and faithful servant.” Perhaps like Shem, we too can start thinking about building a new world as the swamp gets drained in Yemen.


To help with famine relief in Yemen, contact Oxfam here.

According to one report, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), also known as Doctors without Borders, working in Yemen has:

“… Treated more than 56,000 war-wounded patients and almost 28,700 surgeries have been performed. 23,489 babies have been delivered. More than 4,400 children have been admitted with severely acute malnutrition to MSF therapeutic feeding programs, and more that 2,400 tons of medical supplies have been brought into the country.”

To help MSF in its work in Yemen, contact it here.

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