“Manx” has some thoughts on Yemen. Current events. Something I looked forward to and enjoyed in grammar school. Each week we students would stand in front of class and share with our peers what we’d noticed was going on in the world. Not who is going to run for president in XXXX years. Not who was born where and what religion or cult they are hiding. No consternation over a political figure who might be impeachable but will be gone long before any impeachment process could take effect – if at all.
I remember one of those current event days. Stood there in front of the class and announced “Today is National Pickle Day.” Probably heard it on either Arthur Godfrey’s or Don McNeil’s Breakfast Club radio shows. The teacher lost it. Go to the principal’s office and don’t pass Go. Mom was called to the school. Thankfully it happened then. Today I’d be sent to a snake pit and have Ritalin forced down my gullet like a fattened goose.
However I stand before you today with my current event. Something that is overlooked by choice or happenstance. It’s Yemen. No, not the marines giving up their guns Yemen. Not the Yemen Nelson DeMille wrote about in “The Panther” (one of his lesser works). Not 99% of the cesspool Yemen is but rather the strategic place it holds on a mere eighteen mile-wide corridor of the Red Sea. If things continue as they have then despots will control the south end of the Red Sea and in turn the Suez Canal.
Yemen will become a Gibraltar without the apes. A Gibraltar that extorts free shipping or possibly strangles it entirely.
Quotes are easy to find. Here’s a good one Churchill said in 1956 regarding the Suez Canal: “Tell them [Egypt/ or insert any contemporary Middle Eastern dumping ground] that if we have any more of their cheek we will set the Jews on them and drive them into the gutter, from which they should never have emerged.” Too bad there’s no one that observant in current events today.