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Ukraine v. Yemen: A Lesson in Nationalism and Racism
February 27, 2022
by William P. Meyers

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Key difference: Ukraine people are white

Why is the reaction of the United States of America different to the Russian invasion of Ukraine different from its reaction to the Saudi Arabian invasion of Yemen?

As almost always is the case in the real world, there are multiple issues and multiple variables in the world at work. The US relationships to Yemen and Ukraine are complicated by our relationships to Saudi Arabia and Russia. There are geopolitical implcations for the U.S. empire. There are economic implications. There are internal U.S. politics, which come down to both our elite and our voting citizens don't care much about non-Europeans, but care a fair degree about Europeans. There are also traditional attitudes that are hard to change. To Americans Yemen is an obscure nation, but Russia has been a rival since the early days of our Republic.

Before going further, I want to be clear that I do not like Vladimir Putin, the Russian elite in general, or the use or violence or war to achieve political ends. This essay is about exposing the malignancy of U.S. greed, power hunger, and racism by contrasting our treatment of the two situations.

Consider demographics. Ukraine's population of about 41 million

is nearly 100% white, with the main division being between speakers of the Ukrainian dialect (77.8%) and Russian speakers (17%). Note that these dialects are more mutually understandable than say, Brooklyn NY dialect and Baltimore dialect. In contrast Yemen's population of about 28 million is mainly Arab, with the largest other group being Afro-Arab. Religion is a bigger divide in Yemen: Sunni Islam is the majority reglion, but is not that much more common than Shia Islam. Also notable is that tribes still play a large role in Yemen.

Economically Ukraine is much more devoped than Yemen, which has a GDP (gross domestic product) of perhaps $60 billion. Ukraine's GDP was 4185 billion. Clearly Ukraine is more worth fighting over, if money is what the fight is over.

So why is President Biden and most of America so upset over an attack on Ukraine by the Russians, and so tranquil about an attack on Yemen by Saudi Arabia? More important than race, more important than economics, more important than standing consistently for the right of nations to self governance? Saddly, I think it comes down to camps. We of course want Ukrain and Yemen both in our camp, part of our Empire. But we see Saudi Arabia as a part of our Empire, while Russia is seen as outside our empire.

That has to do with nothing but history. It is not based on judging the four nations involved by what we are told are American standards. While Putin is clearly in control of Russia, they do at least go through the motions of having elections. Saudi Arabia does not. It is not even a modern dictatorship, it is an old-fashioned monarchy. But it is a monarchy that knows it cannot challenge the U.S. for global or even regional supremacy, so it plays along with us.

Russia's women are pretty free. Saudi Arabia's are slaves. But that does not matter to Joe Biden and the rest of the US establishment.

When it comes to the more general American public, I am sure there is a sever lack of understanding of geopolitics, history, and economics. The American public just does not care about poor-ass brown-skinned heathen Yemen. They care about white (even often blonde) Ukrainians with western lifestyles who mainly claim to be Christians.

If you are smart you can figure out the rest for yourself. If you are not smart the chances you have read this are statistically insignificant. In the current scheme of things, the Slow Motion Apocalypse is all that matters. Not Ukraine, not Yemen, not even the U.S. or Russian.

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