The ongoing violent protests against American embassies throughout the Muslim world are almost entirely being attributed to anger over the anti-Islam YouTube video Innocence of Muslims. But some news sources, including UK newspaper The Independent, are examining how the protests and attacks may be part of a planned response to U.S. foreign policy. As many of the protests are happening in Yemen, I would strongly encourage C4SS readers to re-visit Jeremy Scahill’s excellent article Washington’s War in Yemen Backfires. Scahill provides a detailed and compelling account of the US government’s ongoing aggression in Yemen, and how this violence motivates resentment of America and support for Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).
Understanding the Violence in Yemen