And I think we are all looking forward to Glenn Beck using this as more proof of an insidious Communist/Jihadist alliance. If anyone hears of him using Yemen as an example, don't send it to me. I beg you not to send it to me. I would spend 11 hours rebutting him in detail, which is a hair-tearingly futile waste of time.
An opposition leader said Monday they refused the President Saleh’s initiative for resuming dialogue.
“We looked at it (Saleh’s initiative) as an attempt to rescue the regime not to rescue the nation,” Said Yasin Saeed Noman, the secretary general of the socialist party, the second largest opposition party after the Islamist party Islah, which leads the coalition.
Meanwhile, this paragraph could be pretty ominous.
The tribesmen were the first groups to come to the Presidential Palace. Since Saturday February 12th, 2011, President Saleh has been receiving tribal leaders from the areas around the capital Sana’a, mainly from his tribe, Hashed, the most influential tribe in Yemen.
Now, the Hashid have a lot of political weight, and through their late leader historical ties to Islah, and therefore to the JMP. But as Greg accurately has reminded us, many times, party loyalty isn't a huge factor in Yemen. Personal and tribal ties matter a lot more. And the historical memory of tribesmen loyal to the leader runs marauding their way through a rebellious San'a run deep and fairly recent. History doesn't always repeat itself, but encourages echoes, and it seems Salih is attempting to solidify himself in the ancient ways.