World View: Yemenis Fear They Are Target of an Expected Terrorist Attack

This morning's key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com

  • U.S. Senators McCain and Graham try to restore U.S. credibility in Egypt
  • Yemenis fear they're the target of an expected terrorist attack
  • India accuses Pakistan of involvement in Kashmir attack

U.S. Senators McCain and Graham try to restore U.S. credibility in Egypt

Senators McCain and Graham meet with Egypt's Armed Forces General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Tuesday (Reuters)
Senators McCain and Graham meet with Egypt's Armed Forces General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Tuesday (Reuters)

At the request of the Obama administration, U.S. Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham delivered a message to Cairo on Tuesday:

  • Restore democracy as quickly as possible.
  • Release ousted president Mohamed Morsi and senior Muslim Brotherhood "political prisoners" from jail.
  • Begin negotiations - "an inclusive political process in which all Egyptians are free to participate." According to Graham,

    "The people who are in charge were not elected, and the people who were elected are now in jail. In a democracy, you have to talk to each other. It is impossible to talk to somebody in jail."
  • The July 3 ouster of Morsi was "a coup." (The official Administration position is that it was not a coup.)
This comes at a time when the credibility of the United States in the Mideast, including Egypt, is at an extreme low. Secretary of State John Kerry announced an Afghan "peace process" that collapsed within a day; he announced a Mideast peace process that people in the Mideast consider to be a desperate joke; President Obama has announced one red line after another in Syria, and did nothing when each red line was passed, except to announce a new red line; has done nothing to bring to justice the perpetrators of the Benghazi attacks, although CNN has found and interviewed at least one perpetrator; and the president who was greeted with chants of "We love you Obama!" when he spoke in Cairo in 2009 is now the object of unmitigated fury by the Egyptian people.

President George Bush was widely hated, and was even targeted by a Hollywood movie (Death of a President) that wishfully portrayed his assassination. But at least President Bush knew what he was doing and, particularly with Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, managed foreign policy competently, crowned by the successful surge in Iraq. But President Obama, who would rather be loved than be competent, and is now neither, is stumbling from one crisis to another with no apparent direction, which is not surprising in view of his youth and his attitude ( "Barack Obama to Boomers: Drop dead!".) So it's not surprising that he's turning to senior Republican politicians to try to help out in Egypt -- assuming it's not too late. AFP and Al Ahram (Cairo)

Yemenis fear they're the target of an expected terrorist attack

When the United States and United Kingdom closed their Mideast embassies on Sunday, it was for unspecified threats by Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), some time towards the end of Ramadan on Wednesday. But by Tuesday, the threat seemed to focus exclusive on Yemen, as diplomats have been fleeing the country for their safety. Yemenis have reporting seeing a steady stream of surveillance drones of the capital, Sanaa, and U.S. officials say that U.S. drones have shot down four al-Qaeda suspects traveling by car outside of Sanaa. As a result, many Yemenis are fearing the worst, and that the intended target is more Yemen itself than America. Time

India accuses Pakistan of involvement in Kashmir attack

Indian subcontinent, showing the disputed regions of Kashmir and Jammu.
Indian subcontinent, showing the disputed regions of Kashmir and Jammu.

Just days after allegedly Pakistan-supported Taliban terrorists killed and wounded dozens in a suicide attack targeting the Indian Consulate in Jalalabad, Afganistan, allegedly Pakistan-supported terrorists killed five Indian soldiers late on Monday in the disputed Kashmir region. The government of India accused Pakistani troops of being involved in the killing, saying that "The attack was carried out by 20 heavily-armed terrorists, along with persons in Pakistani army uniform." India and Pakistan have fought each other in three wars following the massive genocidal conflict in 1947, so it's not farfetched that India's accusations are correct.

Pakistani Taliban terror groups have been attacking Indian interests in both Afghanistan in the west and Kashmir in the east. Indian analysts fear that Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency is taking advantage of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan to redirect the Pakistani Taliban away from Afghanistan, to target the Indian military in Kashmir and Jammu. Dawn (Pakistan) and Times of India


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