Isn’t it strange how these attacks on American embassies and consulates keep happening in countries where the glorious Arab Spring pushed out the tyrants and replaced them with the sweet breezes of democracy. It’s almost like there’s a pattern here.
The latest Arab Spring country is Yemen, where the United States had helped force an ally to step down from the presidency and where the Saudis and Al Qaeda both have their hands so deep in the country that they might as well own it. Oh and Yemen also happens to be strategically important to the United States.
Chanting “death to America” and “death to Israel,” hundreds of protesters angered by an anti-Islam film stormed the U.S. Embassy compound in Yemen’s capital and burned the American flag on Thursday, the latest in a series of attacks on American diplomatic missions in the Middle East.
And of course we can always rely on the locals to protect us, just like they did in Libya.
Hundreds converged Thursday on the U.S. Embassy in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, which is heavily barricaded because of past al-Qaida-linked attacks on the compound. Yemeni guards at checkpoints on roads leading up to the compound did nothing to stop the crowd, said Ahmed Darwish, a witness who was at the scene.
The crowd swarmed over embassy’s entrance gate. Men with iron bars smashed the thick, bullet-proof glass windows of the entrance building while others clambered up the wall. Some ripped the embassy’s sign off the outer wall.
Inside the compound grounds, they brought down the American flag in the courtyard and replaced it with a black banner bearing Islam’s declaration of faith — “There is no God but Allah.” They did not enter the main building housing the embassy’s offices, some distance away from the entry reception. Demonstrators set tires ablaze and pelted the compound with rocks.
The Arab Spring… it’s truly a wonderful thing.