But, really, it is important, even if sometimes silly. Its unintentional messages are just as important- if not more so- than the predictable point of view it is trying to promote (I will not get into symbolic interpretations of the main picture, in which the President is seemingly giving medicine to a child, but looks as if he is performing a spontaneous, unnecessary and malicious tooth extraction).
The message today, regarding a talk that Salih gave at the Higher Military Academy, has the headline "I want to be a soldier to serve the nation". This, of course, is psuedo-inspiring speech-making, with its echoes of sacrifice and willingness to lay down your own identity for the good of the country. It is uncomfortable to hear coming from the head of an increasingly martial government, but I am willing to chalk it up to the audience. However, I'll quote at some length the meat of the article.
He accused the opposition Joint Meeting Parties of erupting problems in Saada and some districts of the southern provinces, saying that these parties announced their solidarity with the separatists who block the roads, loot stores and kill innocent people in these districts.
Regarding agreement signed with the JMP in February of 2009, president Saleh considered the deal as a big mistake made by the General People Congress Party (GPC).
It was a big mistake by the GPC, he said, the party had to go ahead alone to hold parliamentary elections with participation of these parties or not.
I am not familiar with accusations of JMP meddling in the north, but am not surprised, either. That isn't the meat of it, though- the heart of this is the language of total opposition, of lines being drawn clearly, brightly, and irrevocably. The JMP*, the most important and inclusive of opposition groups, is more or less officially an enemy of the state. None of this is surprising- it has been coming- but it is still distressing. Reconciliation, or at least an uneasy peace, grows more distant and unimaginable by the day.
It also makes laughable his statement in the speech, where he "said that if any one want power, he could have it via door not window, adding the power is available for all by elections box." Not that anyone would have believed it, but it is red meat for a blogger to see an outright lie be immediately contradicted in the same article.
*Originally said GPC, which the opposite of reality. Thus are the wages of blogging. Thanks to Anon for pointing that out.