Last week, Iranian-backed “Fiver” Shia rebels captured Yemen’s capital and forced the president to resign. Given that the former government had (mostly) cooperated with our counter-terrorism efforts and given also that the Houthi rebels were supported by our enemy, Iran, one might expect them to be hostile to us.
The New York Times, however, is here to tell us we’re wrong. The good news? They’re really moderates!
But for all their harsh sloganeering, the Houthis may be a lot more moderate than [their motto] suggests, according to many diplomats and analysts who have followed them closely. They say it would be premature to dismiss them as Yemen’s Hezbollah, despite their alliance with Iran.
Of course, we all remember those “moderate Islamists” in Syria we were so happy to work with and train, right? That’s sure worked out well.
Anyway, back to Yemen. Let me ask — does this look at all “moderate” to you?
The logo of Yemen’s triumphant Houthis: Allahu akbar Death to America Death to Israel Damn the Jews Victory to Islam pic.twitter.com/BOQSpAFCDD
— Oren Kessler (@OrenKessler) January 22, 2015
Yep. The very soul of moderation. Why, I bet they belong to their local Kiwanis Club, too.
It’s said the definition of madness is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. The coffee table version of that is obviously illustrated with pictures of The Times and its “experts.”
via Patrick Poole, who has much more