|Thanks to the Canadian Broadcasting Co (CBC)|
Yet the US certainly evacuated about 100 Special Forces from their camp near Lahj just before the Saudi bombardment started in late March. The US also saved two Saudi pilots who bailed out over the Red Sea. But Yemeni-Americans have been left behind with no means of escape as a clusterfuck of fighting ignites all over the country, between Houthi, Saudi led coalition, local tribes and AQAP. The reasoning seems to be along the lines of: we told you to leave; if you're still there it's your fault, and good luck to you.
This might be logically (if unreasonably) thought out for those people studying arabic, or working in oil, or whatever, but Yemeni-Americans are, obviously, Yemeni, meaning they have family in Yemen and have stayed behind, not of willful defiance, but because they were trying to help their families. The are also American, meaning they have US passports and are therefore entitled to the same protection as any other Americans. Even if they are Arab. Because it boils down to that. Good luck trying to convince us otherwise.
The Indians evacuated Bangladeshis and Sri Lankans. The Chinese evacuated a host of different nationalities. But the supposedly strongest and best fighting force in world can't evacuate their own citizens from a conflict in which America is a part of? The coalition is Saudi Arabian led, and supported by the US government.
One might assume that Americans will be specifically targeted for retribution.
And the American government just bails, and sends an awe-inspiring passive aggressive email stating how concerned they are for Americans caught in the fighting and gives some breathtaking alternatives to save their lives.
|Text & photo thanks to Aljazeera America|
So far, one American has died. Jamal al-Labani, a 40 year old father of three, from Oakland, California, was returning home from mosque on Tuesday evening with his 14-year-old Yemeni nephew when both were hit by mortar shelling, according to his cousin Mohammed Alazzani, who spoke to Al Jazeera from the San Francisco Bay Area. Both died as a result of injuries sustained.
Oh, yes, by the way, the embassy staff was evacuated in February. By the Omani government. And if you're not in this part of the world you may not realize that The Sultanate of Oman has no part in the Saudi-led offensive. It's the only GCC country that remains neutral. Yet Oman is delivering humanitarian aid to people trapped in Yemen. Oman is also a close American ally, and also maintains friendly relations with every other country in the world, including all aggressors in this stupid war, in which the Yemeni people are suffering greatly.
All this flabbering and yowling about our strength, determination, bravery, capabilities, family values and democracy, and then this.......for God's sake, America. Respect yourself.
Here is the link to a website set up to help those who are trying to flee the violence
It's called Stuck in Yemen.
I have the embassy email here:
SUBJECT: TRAVEL WARNING – YEMEN April 4, 2014 at 4:46 AM
1. The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the high security threat level in Yemen due to terrorist activities and civil unrest. On February 11, 2015 due to the deteriorating security situation in Sanaa, the Department of State suspended embassy operations and U.S. Embassy Sanaa American staff have been relocated out of the country. All consular services, routine and/or emergency, have been suspended until further notice. The Department urges U.S. citizens to defer travel to Yemen and those U.S. citizens currently living in Yemen to depart when you are able to safely do so. This supersedes the Travel Warning for Yemen issued on February 11, 2015.
2. The level of instability and ongoing threats in Yemen remain severe. There are no plans for a U.S. government-coordinated evacuation of U.S. citizens at this time. We encourage all U.S. citizens to shelter in a secure location until they are able to depart safely. U.S. citizens wishing to depart should do so via commercial transportation options when they become available. Keep vital records and travel documents close at hand; U.S. citizens should be prepared to depart at a moment’s notice. The airports are currently closed, but may open unexpectedly; other unforseen opportunities to depart may also suddenly arise.
3. Additionally, some foreign governments may arrange transportation for their nationals and may be willing to offer assistance to others. There is no guarantee that foreign governments will assist U.S. citizens in leaving Yemen. U.S. citizens who choose to seek foreign government assistance in leaving Yemen should only do so if they can safely make their way to the point of embarkation and have received confirmation that there is space available. Even if assured there is space aboard transportation, U.S. citizens should be aware that there is no guarantee that they will be permitted to board the transport, or may have to wait an indefinite period until they can do so. There is also no guarantee of where travelers will go.For U.S. citizen inquiries, you may send an email to YEMENEMERGENCYUSC@state.gov.
4. Terrorist organizations, including Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), continue to be active throughout Yemen. The U.S. government remains extremely concerned about possible attacks on U.S. citizens (whether visiting or residing in Yemen), and U.S. facilities, businesses, and perceived U.S. and Western interests. In addition, piracy in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, and Indian Ocean is a security threat to maritime activities in the region. See our International Maritime Piracy Fact Sheet.
5. U.S. citizens remaining in Yemen despite this Travel Warning should limit nonessential travel within the country, make their own contingency emergency plans, enroll their presence in Yemen through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), and provide their current contact information and next-of-kin or emergency contact information. You may inform the Department of State of U.S. citizens located in Yemen by visiting https://tfa.state.gov/ccd, selecting “2015 Yemen Unrest,” and providing as much information as possible. You can also contact us at 1-888-407-4747 (from the U.S. & Canada), +1-202-501-4444 (from overseas), and YemenEmergencyUSC@state.gov if you have additional questions or concerns.
6. For the latest security information, U.S. citizens living and traveling abroad should regularly monitor the State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs website where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Alerts and Travel Warnings, and Country Specific Information for Yemen can be found. Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the United States and Canada or, for callers in other countries, by calling a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
What part of this idiocy to rip first? You decide.