Keeping the lid on 9/11
Addressing the Sunni Summit, a motley host of countries with little freedom, democracy, justice, or other human rights, President Trump might well have wished he could just begin by saying, “Greetings, my fellow dictators.…” The circumstance was not so auspicious for America’s would-be strongman. Unlike the autocrats of Egypt and Bahrain, Kuwait and Qatar, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, President Trump’s authority remains shaky, his control of the emerging American police state insecure, his future somewhat uncertain.
The Emirati government has reportedly threatened to withdraw all of its forces from Yemen if Saudi Arabia continues to back Hadi (Middle East Monitor, March 7). Despite this threatened withdrawal, Saudi Arabia has shown no inclination to change course. In Aden, the war within the war seems to be intensifying as a former governor of Aden, Aidaroos al-Zubaidi, has announced that he has formed a governing council that will administer the south, with him acting as president
It didn’t matter whether or not the vehicles in these particular videos were made in Canada. The videos documented the proclivity of the Saudi regime to use force — and, specifically, armoured vehicles — against civilians. And let this be clear: the threshold established by Canada’s export controls was never proof that Canadian-made goods had been involved in human rights violations. The threshold is a reasonable risk that they might be so used.
The pressure to declassify the 28 pages, which allegedly recount the connections between Saudi Arabia and Al-Qaeda’s deadly September 11 attacks, has been mounting over the past few months. However, the White House is still reportedly evaluating the files that have been kept under lock and key since 2002 and the decision about whether they should be released is not expected to occur until later this summer.