If the situation in Yemen weren’t serious, it would almost be comical. The trajectory of events is familiar. The Gulf Cooperation Council, an entity dominated by Saudi Arabia, comes up with a deal for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to leave power after 30 days, with elections soon after, in exchange for legal immunity from prosecution for Saleh and perhaps members of his family. Saleh agrees to it in principle. The opposition agrees. Then Saleh raises some objection and refuses to sign the agreement. I think this has happened three times now. In the latest display, the opposition actually signed the document, going further than any previous deal. Saleh initially said he would sign it despite denouncing it as a “coup.” That should have been a sign.
|By: David Dayen Sunday May 22, 2011 5:36 pm|
|By: David Dayen Tuesday April 19, 2011 5:16 pm|
The rulers being protested throughout the Middle East have had enough time to gauge the situation and determine their course of action. They are making the choice that repression and defiance will yield benefits, even though it did not work for Ben Ali in Tunisia and Mubarak in Egypt.