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skinner May 18th, 2017 4:53pm

Two years of war between the Saudi-backed Hadi government and the Houthis has devastated Yemen. Peace efforts have floundered amid distrust of the GCC. When Trump visits Saudi Arabia should he offer to serve as a fair arbiter in peace negotiations?

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TomM
05/20/17 3:19 am

Trump fair arbiter? No he should just stay away and let the Middle East folks deal with this.

44YY Boston, MA
05/18/17 7:41 pm

Peace is always the best option and it doesn't matter who we anger in the process of achieving it. Trump does not believe that however and only believes in making money

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DoctorWasdarb Marxist Leninist Maoist
05/18/17 3:43 pm

No. It doesn't matter what would be ideal. Practically, it is beyond evident that the US would use this role to further exploit the Yemenese people. The US should play no role, because we know what they will do.

presrvd Phoenix
05/18/17 3:12 pm

No. He should just fire them all....

timeout Boston Strong
05/18/17 1:06 pm

Please , this guy doesn't know the difference between a Houthi and a Honda. I'm sure the faster he's out of there the happier the Saudi's will be.

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skinner Jersey City
05/18/17 9:54 am

In Yemen, 7,000-16,000 are dead, 7 million are starving, 17 million are in urgent need of humanitarian relief, and over 100 have been killed in a cholera outbreak after two years of fighting between the Saudi-backed Hadi government in south Yemen and the Iranian-backed Houthi rebel militia supporting former President Saleh in north Yemen. The former strongman Saleh was ousted in the 2011 Arab Spring by an agreement with the GCC that put his then-Vice President Hadi in power. The agreement did not transition Yemen back to genuine democracy and opposition JMPers became coopted by the Hadi regime. Due to this bad history with the GCC, the opposition has little faith in the GCC negotiations that have periodically occurred to resolve the Yemeni Civil War.

To be clear, this is not what's going to happen. The Trump administration is going to Riyadh offering a $100 billion arms package that will likely kill thousands more Yemenis.

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