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Late Great Donald Blake 
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Would be Watcher

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Subj: Wait... are you not familiar with Saudi Arabia's aggression against Yemen?
Posted: Tue Jun 21, 2022 at 08:33:00 pm EDT (Viewed 172 times)
Reply Subj: Re: So the board's being pretty quiet. Could it be because of the state of things
Posted: Tue Jun 21, 2022 at 08:13:26 pm EDT (Viewed 173 times)

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    Right.  Right.  I'm aware.  Putin bad.  I don't disagree.  I just think it's a bit naive to think that what's motivating this kind of decision on our part-- the sanctions and our stated intention of extending the war--is attributable to a belief in democracy or such unyielding moral scruples.  As I've said, if that were the set of motivating principles then how would you explain our relationship with Saudi Arabia?  With our AT BEST passive acceptance of their humanitarian abuses against the people of Yemen?  Or for the Israeli occupation of Palestine.  It's all principles and pearl clutching with Russia but all cynical realpolitik with out monstrous "allies."


    cheers,
    --- the late great Donald Blake



Again, I see what you mean and I even agree with you about Saudi Arabia. The difference I see between Saudi Arabia and Russia is we are apparently much more tolerant toward proxy wars than open ones. Russia was no longer engaging in a proxy war, it crossed a line and violated territorial sovereignty.

Now, should there be consequences to Saudi Arabia's behaviour? I loath several things they do and a lot of the value they seem to have, but as long it it stays within their borders, I'm willing to tolerate them out of respect for the right to be different. The day they aggressively impose this difference outside their borders is the day I want them nuked without a trial.



Because otherwise I can't make any sense of the following:


 "I loath several things they do and a lot of the value they seem to have, but as long it it stays within their borders, I'm willing to tolerate them out of respect for the right to be different. The day they aggressively impose this difference outside their borders is the day I want them nuked without a trial."



You should maybe check this out:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saudi_Arabian%E2%80%93led_intervention_in_Yemen#:~:text=On%2026%20March%202015%2C%20Saudi,ousted%20by%20the%20Houthi%20movement.