The eruption of war in Yemen is the culmination of years of intense intervention by American imperialism.
The United States is backing a war spearheaded by a monarchy in Saudi Arabia that beheads its own subjects and provides financial support to al-Qaeda and other Sunni extremists, along with the blood-soaked military dictatorship in Egypt that issues mass death sentences and shoots down workers in the street.
What accounts for the American government’s interest in controlling Yemen? In one word: oil.
The Bab el-Mandeb strait, which connects the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean, is located between Yemen on the Arabian Peninsula.
Much of the oil exported from the Persian Gulf to Europe, the US and Asia must pass through the narrow strait, making it a key chokepoint for global trade.
Yemen is the latest in a string of military interventions by American imperialism that have wreaked havoc on the Middle East and Central Asia.
Fifteen years after the launching of the “war on terror,” chaos and destruction plague the entire region.
The US recklessly and shortsightedly careens from one disastrous adventure to the next.
Every catastrophic intervention becomes the justification for the next war.
The one consistent principle is the determination of the American ruling class to assert its interests and impose its domination in every corner of the globe.
This policy of ever-expanding war and foreign intervention is tied to the delusional conception of global hegemony that has guided American foreign policy since the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
In its mad drive for global domination, the American corporate and financial aristocracy is pushing the world towards a third world war that threatens humanity with a nuclear holocaust.