With so many things going on, it is hard to keep up with all the hotspots and problem areas. That is one of the great things about the blogosphere: you have experts who keep up with their areas of specialization for you.
The last few days, Jane Novak of Armies of Liberation has been bringing me up to date on some goings on in Yemen. Yemen, where the people behind the U.S.S. Cole bombing, the people who murdered four of our own, walk around free instead of being in jail as promised. Yemen, where blogs are most often banned, and a journalist -- Abdulkarim al-Khaiwani -- who has dared to tell the truth about this and more and dared stand for freedom is now literally on trial for his life. Well, not so much a trial (a farce long gone) as simply being sentenced for "insulting the president" and "demoralizing the military."
No matter what the lacy panty brigade at Foggy Bottom says (I am reminded strongly of a Retief novel brought to life, and not in a good way), the actions of Yemen in regards the murders of our sailors is at best a slap in the face. Add that to this farce of a so-called legal action, and...
Directing selected firepower is something the military does well, and while it is not yet time for live munitions, it is time for some firepower that has worked before. Send a Letter to the fine leaders of Yemen to ask that they stop the torture (real, not fantasy) of this man and his children. Shining a light on them, and letting them know we care, could make a difference. If not, well, we tried and have checked a needed box... So, fire for effect.