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U.S., British militaries launch massive retaliatory strike against Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen

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Great response. Don't let up on the terrorists!

2 ( +26 / -24 )

Two of the richest countries in the world are attacking one of the poorest - shame on them.

And what happened to the UN ?

Oh... they are launching their own special military operation... gotcha.

-25 ( +17 / -42 )

Two of the richest countries in the world are attacking one of the poorest - shame on them.

No. They fired missiles at terrorists who have been warned repeatedly to stop attacking merchant vessels.

They didn't listen and this is the consequence. Stop attacking merchant vessels.

23 ( +38 / -15 )

No UN mandate.. No congressional approval... (the UK parliament didn't debate or vote)..

This is classic, coward schoolyard bully behavior. Two big kids picking on a smaller one.

The irony is their Saudi proxy has been bombing them for years (since Obama) with their direct support.

-19 ( +16 / -35 )

Being poor is no justification for piracy on the high seas.

21 ( +33 / -12 )

Ongoing Geocide in Gaza clearly not sitting well with 2.3 billion Muslim people worldwide, including in Yemen.

Anyone surprised? Muslim 'proxy' forces, called terrorists in the West, are being armed to the hilt across the world.

China and Russia = LOVING IT!

-7 ( +15 / -22 )

This is classic, coward schoolyard bully behavior. Two big kids picking on a smaller one.

Why should anyone be okay with Houthi rebels repeatedly attacking merchant vessels?

14 ( +28 / -14 )

Houthis are just doing whatever they can to help stop the genocide taking place in Gaza (which the ICJ is currently making a judgement on). The US and the UK are just aiding and abetting in the Israeli genocide.

-9 ( +19 / -28 )

What debate is needed about piracy or attacking merchant vessels on the high seas? Everyone agrees this is not acceptable. If you think it is acceptable, then what stops the US from just shutting down merchant shipping worldwide just because we can?

8 ( +17 / -9 )

Houthis are just doing whatever they can to help stop the genocide taking place in Gaza (which the ICJ is currently making a judgement on)

Amen brother. That's why we should start robbing the local conbini. It's for Palestine.

4 ( +21 / -17 )

If you try and destroy international commerce, we are going to destroy you. Simple as, regardless of your reason or justification. It’s that important.

10 ( +24 / -14 )

You are pretending that the interdiction of Israeli-linked merchant vessels didn't happen in a vacuum.

Everything has a reason. But we know Biden & Co just simplified everything and demonstrated their hubris yet again.

-14 ( +14 / -28 )

typo - you are saying it happened in a vacuum; i.e. ignoring the underlying reasons for it occurring.

Many vessels don't get attacked (including Russian flagged vessels).

-13 ( +11 / -24 )

Everything has a reason. 

And that reason may be entirely justified to the Houthis, and their heart may be in the right place. It matters not. International shipping is too important to billions of people. We would have destroyed Mother Theresa if she messed with international shipping.

4 ( +15 / -11 )

You are pretending that the interdiction of Israeli-linked merchant vessels didn't happen in a vacuum.

Israeli-linked vessels? How are they Israeli-linked? From the article:

But their targets increasingly have little or no connection to Israel

I think some people just hate the west and will say or do anything to undermine the west. Logic or truth be damned.

10 ( +22 / -12 )

“I’m not going to telegraph or preview anything that might happen,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken told reporters during a stop in Bahrain. He said the U.S. has made clear “that if this continues as it did yesterday, there will be consequences. And I’m going to leave it at that.”

Is this the same A. Blinken who just yesterday was telling all Arab leaders in the region about the need to not escalate the conflict? Just checking.

2 ( +12 / -10 )

Houthis applied their own sanctions on the waterways to certain ships linked to a particular country. The US does that everyday. One is piracy/terrorism but the other isn't.

-14 ( +12 / -26 )

Seems there is confusion about the Houthi's previous announcement about Israeli-linked ships and where it entails.

It means ships from countries supporting the slaughter in Gaza, not just Israeli ownership (as was the case with Galaxy Leader).

-17 ( +10 / -27 )

*You are pretending that the interdiction of Israeli-linked merchant vessels didn't happen in a vacuum.*

Wait, do you think the Houthis are only attacking Israeli linked vessels?

6 ( +14 / -8 )

"U.S. officials for weeks had declined to signal when international patience would run out and they would strike back at the Houthis, even as multiple commercial vessels were struck by missiles and drones,"

Fair enough. Just to be consistent and all though , why isn't the international patience also running out "even as " multiple hospitals, schools, refugee centers, ambulances, children ,women, elderly, journalists....are being "struck by missiles and drones" in Gaza? When can we expect coalition strikes on the sites from which these attacks are being launched? Joe, Anthony?

-1 ( +11 / -12 )

Yes. Only Israeli-linked vessels.

-16 ( +9 / -25 )

Houthis enter the “Find out” part of the equation.

Maybe Iran needs to discover some consequences as well?

4 ( +17 / -13 )

Yes. Only Israeli-linked vessels.

No. This is just nonsense.

The Swan Atlantic is owned by a Norwegian firm. It sails under a Cayman flag, and is likely staffed with Filipino sailors.

MSC Clara is a Panamanian-flagged vessel.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2023/12/18/oil-tanker-m-v-swan-atlantic-hit-by-houthi-projectile-in-the-red

Panama abstained from the vote to condemn Israel, while Norway voted in favor of condemning Israel.

https://twitter.com/UN_News_Centre/status/1734686801699491975/photo/1

10 ( +20 / -10 )

Chaos begets chaos, that's the reason.

Gaza Genocide = Serious Global Chaos Catalyst

Chaos creates more risk, escalation in many forms across the world, impacting supply chains, logistics, security, terrorism, crime, armed military conflict across the region and world, inflation, damage to sentiment, etc.

2024's getting off to BAD start folks, not just in Japan!

-4 ( +6 / -10 )

No UN mandate.

None needed. Keeping international shipping lanes open is a vital national interest and the US and UK will protect that interest with all necessary force.

7 ( +18 / -11 )

Yes. Only Israeli-linked vessels.

Oh okay, you’re just misinformed. They aren’t only attacking Israeli linked vessels.

10 ( +18 / -8 )

Good to see that civilized countries have had enough of these terrorists.

8 ( +19 / -11 )

Is this the start of a new war with Iran?

-1 ( +4 / -5 )

JJEToday 10:07 am JST

No UN mandate.. No congressional approval... (the UK parliament didn't debate or vote)..

Don't need a mandate to protect yourself from actual attacks. And this is real attacks, not Russian false flag nonsense.

This is classic, coward schoolyard bully behavior. Two big kids picking on a smaller one.

Flinging missiles at countries you aren't at war with is classic terrorism.

The irony is their Saudi proxy has been bombing them for years (since Obama) with their direct support.

And I think we regret every day now not helping them mow the grass here more effectively.

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HopeSpringsEternalToday 10:31 am JST

Chaos begets chaos, that's the reason.

Gaza Genocide = Serious Global Chaos Catalyst

Chaos creates more risk, escalation in many forms across the world, impacting supply chains, logistics, security, terrorism, crime, armed military conflict across the region and world, inflation, damage to sentiment, etc.

2024's getting off to BAD start folks, not just in Japan!

2024 will go a lot better if it doesn't have you running around screaming "Chaos!" while telling people they should appease the culprits.

1 ( +11 / -10 )

Good news! More country should help to stop the terrorist.

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AureliusToday 10:30 am JST

White House wants to preserve the truce and has been wary of taking action in Yemen that could open up another war front.

Will this preserve the truce ?

Truce is now over !

Considering the Houthis are probably as bad at identifying countries as you are, yeah this might breakdown the truce with Saudi Arabia.

2 ( +10 / -8 )

Fair enough. Just to be consistent and all though , why isn't the international patience also running out "even as " multiple hospitals, schools, refugee centers, ambulances, children ,women, elderly, journalists....are being "struck by missiles and drones" in Gaza? 

Were these strikes in response to something? Maybe an event in October?

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JJEToday 10:19 am JST

Houthis applied their own sanctions on the waterways to certain ships linked to a particular country. The US does that everyday. One is piracy/terrorism but the other isn't.

When the Houthis have a banking system, this might make sense.

4 ( +13 / -9 )

USA/UK governments have both long been complicit in years of attacks on the Yemeni people that have created a genocidal degree of starvation for millions while Western MSM have given cover to the perpetrators with their minimum coverage of civilian suffering and, on bended knee, shown a cowardly measure of unquestioning subservience to the politically correct line of their respective governments. Perhaps the Houthis consider their actions payback despites knowing full well what further damage the ire of Uncle Sam and his lackeys will inflict on them.

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HopeSpringsEternalToday  10:08 am JST

Ongoing Geocide in Gaza clearly not sitting well with 2.3 billion Muslim people worldwide, including in Yemen.

Anyone surprised? Muslim 'proxy' forces, called terrorists in the West, are being armed to the hilt across the world.

China and Russia = LOVING IT!

Nah. The Muslim world only cares about Muslims "genocide" when it’s Jews or Americans carrying it out. When other Muslims are doing this to each other, they do not seem to care. Case in point, Yemen (estimate at over 200,000 dead), Syria (an estimated death toll of over 300,000), Sudan, (to this day, 12,000 killed, over 5.8 million displaced) Where is the outcry? Not to mention the expulsion of many Afghani’s from Pakistan. But when Israel does it, how dare they, even though they were attacked and their civilian to combatant ratio will be equal to or less than most armed conflicts. Double standard???

I see a lot of people defending the Houthis in this. They attacked first. America gave many warnings. This is what happens. Don't mess with international shipping.

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Houthis applied their own sanctions on the waterways to certain ships linked to a particular country. The US does that everyday. One is piracy/terrorism but the other isn't.

What waterway does the U.S. have sanctioned “every day”?

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All these innocents being slaughtered in Gaza are the culprits, that's rich.

Irael's being sued for Genocide by South Africa. Everyone understands overkill, these are not terrorists, but rather innocent civilians living in the wrong place.

Israel's PM's not popular in his own country, rational people understand there are limits to hard power, he's only destroying his countries goodwill, which never leads to a brighter future.

-3 ( +9 / -12 )

 Don't mess with international shipping.

This. And this again. We will not play around when there are billions of lives at stake. The choice between millions of deaths or billions of deaths is not a choice at all.

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Perhaps the Houthis consider their actions payback despites knowing full well what further damage the ire of Uncle Sam and his lackeys will inflict on them.

If they want to get “payback” on the U.S. and U.K., why are they attacking Norwegian, Singaporean m, etc. vessels?

9 ( +14 / -5 )

Long overdue.

Bombs away!

4 ( +11 / -7 )

Unfortunately most of the Arab nations see the USA as part of the problem not part of the solution.

Every week we got a new war starting somewhere and the UK and USA are up to their ears in it

Primary reason entire Muslim World's moving into China Russia BRICS led axis, plus most of global south from Asia to Africa to South and Central America.

-9 ( +5 / -14 )

Unfortunately most of the Arab nations see the USA as part of the problem not part of the solution.

It's unfortunate for those Arab nations, No wonder a number of them are destroying themselves such as Syria, Yemen, etc.

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Is this the start of a new war with Iran?

Think there already were a few incidents qualifying as "start".

Flinging missiles at countries you aren't at war with is classic terrorism.

Yep, kinda like when Israel or US fling missiles at Syria, Lebanon or Iraq in 2023/24 or Russia at Ukraine in 2022.

-4 ( +7 / -11 )

Ramsey - attacking merchant vessels on the high seas is an act of war, no? Own it, big boi. You wanted this.

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Yep, kinda like when Israel or US fling missiles at Syria, Lebanon or Iraq in 2023/24

What’s that got to do with the Houthis attacking Panamanian and Norwegian vessels in 2024? Are you saying it was right for the US to do that? Or are you saying it's wrong for the Houthis to be firing missiles at merchant vessels?

5 ( +11 / -6 )

Good to see that civilized countries have had enough of these terrorists.

"Civilized"... LOOOOOOOL !!!....

-11 ( +10 / -21 )

No UN mandate.. 

The UN Security Council in their resolution condemning Houthi attacks two days ago authorized the use of force to protect shipping so yes there was a UN mandate for this action.

In fact I would bet more than beers that the US and UK held off attacking the Houthis until they had a UN resolution backing such action.

11 ( +13 / -2 )

Is this the start of a new war with Iran?

Iran has been using the Houthis to wage war on the west.

11 ( +14 / -3 )

Flinging missiles at countries you aren't at war with is classic terrorism.

Yep, kinda like when Israel or US fling missiles at Syria, Lebanon or Iraq in 2023/24

What’s that got to do with the Houthis attacking Panamanian and Norwegian vessels in 2024?

I was responding to the " Flinging missiles at countries you aren't at war with is classic terrorism." comment. If you read that properly you would comprehend it. Do you agree or disagree with Taiwan's classic terrorism definition?

Ramsey - attacking merchant vessels on the high seas is an act of war, no? Own it, big boi. You wanted this.

Sure, if a US or UK vessel is attacked , I have no issue with US and UK seeing it as act of war against them.

Is flinging missiles at Ukraine , Syria, Lebanon, Iraq act of war or not in your book ? Own it too big boi :)

-8 ( +2 / -10 )

Ramsey - so only the countries whose ships were attacked should fight the Houthis?

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Panama and Norway are our friends. Why wouldn’t we want to do them a solid by bombing those who would attack them?

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Sure, if a US or UK vessel is attacked , I have no issue with US and UK seeing it as act of war against them.

Is flinging missiles at Ukraine , Syria, Lebanon, Iraq act of war or not in your book ?

Ramsey - so only the countries whose ships were attacked should fight the Houthis?

UCP - oh c'mon dude, I answered your question and asked you one in return. How about answering it first instead of just replying by asking another one? You can do better.

Is flinging missiles at Ukraine , Syria, Lebanon, Iraq act of war or not in your book ?Own it too

-4 ( +4 / -8 )

Yes, Russia flinging missiles at Ukraine is an act of war, and I consider the actions of the US in Syria to be an act of war, but not US actions in Iraq as long as we are there with the invitation of the government. If we overstay our welcome, I would consider that an act of war.

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Meanwhile, the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution Wednesday that demanded the Houthis immediately cease the attacks and implicitly condemned their weapons supplier, Iran.

Massive inconsistency as the UNSC forgets to demand the Arab terrorists in Gaza, Judea and Samaria, and Lebanon, who are supplied by Iran, cease their attacks on civilian populations in Israel.

-5 ( +3 / -8 )

I'm waiting for the day that the UK realizes it's not 19th imperialist time and behaves like a midsized power that it actually is. Maybe I'll live that long. Certainly the US enables this confusing behavior.

-11 ( +1 / -12 )

Photos/videos of civilian killed are coming over Telegram. Women and children. Complete slaughter - looks like they hit a market. People missing heads and other limbs. Definite civilian targets hit.

Typical NATO-stuff really. Congratulations Joe. Really competing with Netanyahu for first prize isn't he..

-9 ( +5 / -14 )

Photos/videos of civilian killed are coming over Telegram. Women and children. Complete slaughter - looks like they hit a market. People missing heads and other limbs. Definite civilian targets hit.

Missed those as I don't subscribe to Houthis' sites.

4 ( +10 / -6 )

Yes, Russia flinging missiles at Ukraine is an act of war, and I consider the actions of the US in Syria to be an act of war, 

I think so too. Then we would also agree that Israel bombing Syria, Lebanon are acts of war as well. No doubt Houthis saw the sinking of their boats prior to this latest salvo in the same light. ( not that I care too much but I am trying to understand the Houthi reasoning for their actions.)

Panama and Norway are our friends. Why wouldn’t we want to do them a solid by bombing those who would attack them?

Ok, I get it. So if A commits what can be interpreted as act of war /terrorism against B, then C&D...XYZ are fine to "do a solid for B" by bombing A. Cool ,good to know that going forward. Kinda seems weirdly similar to say Houthis own justification for attacking what they say are Israeli linked interests, you know "doing a solid" for Gaza Palestinians who are being wiped out and all.

-5 ( +2 / -7 )

Don't swallow the slick propaganda that they are attacking "military targets".

Quite bluntly they are clearly trying to terrorize these people into submission.

This is Gaza over in Yemen now. Mass killings of civilians.

-10 ( +1 / -11 )

Massive inconsistency as the UNSC forgets to demand the Arab terrorists in Gaza, Judea and Samaria, and Lebanon, who are supplied by Iran, cease their attacks on civilian populations in Israel.

And Israel cease their slaughter of civilian population in Gaza you forgot to add. Actually my bad, it was demanded by pretty much everyone at UN but was blocked by US at UNSC.

-5 ( +3 / -8 )

And Israel cease their slaughter of civilian population in Gaza you forgot to add.

There is no slaughter. There is a war. There are no innocents in this war.

Arab terrorists committed an attack on innocent civilians in Israel, and that is what got to this point.

If you support Hamas you support terrorists.

If you sympathize with Hamas, you support Hamas.

I have no mercy for Hamas and its supporters.

Neither does Israel, and rightly so.

-4 ( +7 / -11 )

Two of the richest countries in the world are attacking one of the poorest - shame on them.

Yeah, because the Houthis dared to do something about the israel-US-UK genocide of the Palestinians.

0 ( +7 / -7 )

If you support Hamas you support terrorists.

If you sympathize with Hamas, you support Hamas.

You act like the average Joe and his family in the 'hood' is going to standup up the drug dealers?

Get real on guilt by association, FLAWED logic.

Any normal decent person (Most people) living in Gaza knows darn well to keep their traps shut about Hamas.

-3 ( +5 / -8 )

Any normal decent person (Most people) living in Gaza knows darn well to keep their traps shut about Hamas.

So do you believe Hamas officials?

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Photos/videos of civilian killed are coming over Telegram. Women and children. Complete slaughter - looks like they hit a market. People missing heads and other limbs. Definite civilian targets hit.

Missed those as I don't subscribe to Houthis' sites.

These are western bombs and missiles and as such they only target military sites and don't blow up and kill civilians, at worst they cause " unfortunate collateral damage". The rest is misinformation. Media optics matter.

-5 ( +4 / -9 )

Any normal decent person (Most people) living in Gaza knows darn well to keep their traps shut about Hamas.

Do the normal, decent people need any help in getting rid of them?

0 ( +4 / -4 )

Yeah, because the Houthis dared to do something about the israel-US-UK genocide of the Palestinians.

Yeah, by attacking Norwegian and Panamian vessels. Yes, attacking the vessels of countries which voted in favor of the UN condemnation of Israel will really teach the US a lesson. Brilliant.

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And Israel cease their slaughter of civilian population in Gaza you forgot to add.

There is no slaughter. There is a war. There are no innocents in this war.

Hamas probably thinks the same way, both are wrong.

-5 ( +3 / -8 )

Those Norwegian and Panamian vessels have Israeli links.

Remember the Galaxy Leader which they seized? An article right here told as that Tokyo and other western leaders swore black and blue that it was Japanese - they lied and they knew it - it was later revealed the vessel is owned by one of Israel's richest men.

It not just the flag of register, but the murky world of shipping companies and ownership. They are not being honest.

-5 ( +4 / -9 )

Carpet bombing campaigns in Yemen or Gaza don't differentiate between innocents and combatants.

Thiis Genocidal behavior by the West = greatest gift to the those in Moscow and Bejing building their multi polar world, with its 2.3 billion rapidly growing Muslim contingent.

-6 ( +4 / -10 )

Carpet bombing campaigns in Yemen or Gaza don't differentiate between innocents and combatants.

When the terrorists use civilians as human shields, what else can be done?

-1 ( +6 / -7 )

Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen

This lie has been going for years now. I guess if you repeat it enough, the phone gazers will easily believe it.

-3 ( +4 / -7 )

The simple fact is the use of force in Yemen is a violation of the United Nations Charter.

Hypocrites.

-6 ( +2 / -8 )

Those Norwegian and Panamian vessels have Israeli links.

What Israeli links? you repeatedly have made this claim without a shred of proof.

The vessel owners certainly don't agree with the claim.

Inventor Chemical Tankers has no Israeli ties, Elgan said.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2023/12/18/oil-tanker-m-v-swan-atlantic-hit-by-houthi-projectile-in-the-red

3 ( +7 / -4 )

Have those ships docked at ports in Israel? (Yes)

There you go.

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If Israel had secured its border, we wouldn't have this GAZA tragedy on our hands.

Solution, never war, real solutions are built upon good relations based upon mutual respect and shared values.

This cycle of violence is just more failure, but again, Muslim's world's checking out and checking in to the China Russia led multi polar world. They have great options now, and I don't blame them one bit.

-5 ( +3 / -8 )

Have those ships docked at ports in Israel? (Yes)

lol That is the stupidest justification for attacking ships. Do you have any idea how many ports of call any given ship makes? But yeah, keep justifying terrorism. I believe you.

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HopeSpringsEternalToday 10:53 am JST

Thiis Genocidal behavior by the West = greatest gift to the those in Moscow and Bejing building their multi polar world, with its 2.3 billion rapidly growing Muslim contingent.

Pakistan and Indonesia aren't your allies. Indonesia voted to condemn Putin's war in the UN. Heck Russia and China aren't allies but more a dirty pair of criminals only in association as long as they are fighting the US.

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The simple fact is the use of force in Yemen is a violation of the United Nations Charter.

Houthis started a civil war in Yemen.

Is that use of force permissible?

0 ( +6 / -6 )

If Israel had secured its border, we wouldn't have this GAZA tragedy on our hands.

If Hamas were better terrorist fighters there would be no civilian deaths in Gaza.

-2 ( +4 / -6 )

Everyone needs to open their eyes, US NATO proxy war in Ukraine's rapidly metastasizing globally as expected.

There’s a lot that could be said to refute all of this - the truth, for example - but if spouting conspiracy theories truly means that much to you, fill your boots.

No conspiracy theory I'm afraid, peace accords between Iran and Saudi Arabia occurred just less than year ago = massive China diplomatic coup.

They've both gained entry in BRICS subsequently.

China has a 20 year nearly $500 billion in military contracts with Iran now being delivered. That's no conspiracy. Open your eyes and stop the insults.

You act as if US NATO war machine has Muslim goodwill after decades of war in MidEast & western Asia. Really think this current genocide in Gaza and Yemen's another feather in the US NATO war machine's goodwill cap?!

-7 ( +1 / -8 )

It's also worth pointing out Swan Atlantic, for example, never docked in Israel.

https://www.vesselfinder.com/vessels/details/9790464

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Have those ships docked at ports in Israel? (Yes)

lol That is the stupidest justification for attacking ships.

Why is it stupid? They want a blockade against the israeli genocidal regime. I applaud the Houthis!

They made it very clear that all ships can go through the Red Sea, except those that stop in Israel.

-7 ( +4 / -11 )

Indonesia President's on the record trying to be a peace broker in the Ukraine war, saying both sides are equally passionate etc.

Indonesia will be joining the BRICS soon and their President has an excellent relationship with Mr. Putin.

To think that people of Indonesia side with west regarding Gaza or Yemen = pure fantasy, just the opposite.

-10 ( +1 / -11 )

 was responding to the " Flinging missiles at countries you aren't at war with is classic terrorism." comment. If you read that properly you would comprehend it. Do you agree or disagree with Taiwan's classic terrorism definition?

Taiwan isn't attacking other nation's shipping in international waters. China is using missile "exercises" to try to intimidate Taiwan, an island they dearly want to conquer. By contrast the Houthis are attacking neutral shipping in international waters. The US and UK are trying to defend that shipping from Houthi attacks. There is a big difference between the two.

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HopeSpringsEternalToday 12:42 pm JST

No conspiracy theory I'm afraid, peace accords between Iran and Saudi Arabia occurred just less than year ago = massive China diplomatic coup.

Yeah, so much of a coup, nobody remembers it and can fall apart any second?

They've both gained entry in BRICS subsequently.

And I'm sure things are going swimmingly in the nest of vipers BRICS as Saudi Arabia considers who is threatening their shipping.

China has a 20 year nearly $500 billion in military contracts with Iran now being delivered. That's no conspiracy. Open your eyes and stop the insults.

China insults itself by backing the nuclear proliferator. I guess the G7 does as well for having allowed it to happen.

You act as if US NATO war machine has Muslim goodwill after decades of war in MidEast & western Asia. Really think this current genocide in Gaza and Yemen's another feather in the US NATO war machine's goodwill cap?!

Really think terrorists from arab countries haven't been at war with the US for over 20 years?

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Why is it stupid?

Because they're attacking ships that have nothing to do with Israel.

They want a blockade against

Yes and everyone else wants them to not interfere with marine trade. I hope all the Houthis scam get what they deserve.

They made it very clear that all ships can go through the Red Sea, except those that stop in Israel.

lol And I should care what a terrorist organization says, because? I'd be willing to bet the actual Yemeni government has 0 problem with targeted strikes on the Houthis.

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HopeSpringsEternalToday 12:58 pm JST

Indonesia President's on the record trying to be a peace broker in the Ukraine war, saying both sides are equally passionate etc.

Indonesia will be joining the BRICS soon and their President has an excellent relationship with Mr. Putin.

To think that people of Indonesia side with west regarding Gaza or Yemen = pure fantasy, just the opposite.

Indonesia has said nothing about joining BRICS soon and they certainly aren't gong to join your war against the West.

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The simple fact is the use of force in Yemen is a violation of the United Nations Charter.

The UN Security Council resolution two days ago not only condemned Houthi attacks on neutral shipping but authorized the use of force to defend that shipping.

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You see there are no new democracies, and MANY democracies becoming decidedly less so = rigged elections, election interference, litigation terror etc.

People in Gaza, Yemen and Muslims worldwide have no interest in special interest corrupt democracies = WHY BRICS non-interference partnership model sells so well!

-10 ( +0 / -10 )

Why is it stupid?

Because they're attacking ships that have nothing to do with Israel.

No, they attacked ship heading to/from israel.

They want a blockade against

Yes and everyone else wants them to not interfere with marine trade. I hope all the Houthis scam get what they deserve.

Everyone else? No, just those who support the genocide of the Palestinians.

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HopeSpringsEternalToday 01:04 pm JST

You see there are no new democracies, and MANY democracies becoming decidedly less so = rigged elections, election interference, litigation terror etc.

Yes, civilization is hard.

People in Gaza, Yemen and Muslims worldwide have no interest in special interest corrupt democracies = WHY BRICS non-interference partnership model sells so well!

Yes, principles do not suite them well.

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Desert TortoiseToday  01:01 pm JST

You claimed that the UNSC resolution authorized force. That is completely FALSE.

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No, they attacked ship heading to/from israel

Not true. Swan Atlantic never stopped in Israel. Even if they did, that doesn't justify attacking the vessel.

Everyone else? No, just those who support the genocide of the Palestinians.

Keep trying. What's happening to the Palestinians doesn't justify what the Houthis are doing.

They aren't even a government. They're terrorist scum.

0 ( +5 / -5 )

Many vessels don't get attacked (including Russian flagged vessels).

Iranian backed Houthis, allied with Russia, go figure...

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HopeSpringsEternalToday 12:58 pm JST

Indonesia President's on the record trying to be a peace broker in the Ukraine war, saying both sides are equally passionate etc.

Indonesia will be joining the BRICS soon and their President has an excellent relationship with Mr. Putin.

To think that people of Indonesia side with west regarding Gaza or Yemen = pure fantasy, just the opposite.

Such a black and white view of world affairs truly shows the naivety of the pro russian rhetoric.

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This escalation in the middle east is more bad news for Kyiv on several fronts:

More countries will sour on them.

They will slip down the media headlines again.

Weapons and cash will be needed in the middle east.

Price of oil will spike putting more coin in Moscow's treasury.

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Ok. Is this another UK getting dragged along with the US as another lackey?

Is the French/Saudi,Japanese, German, Spanish, Italian, Australian, Canadian navy involved?

The Americans have never really been there for when the British needed them. Where was the US navy during the Falklands? Nowhere. Where was the US when Northern Ireland terrorists where bombing London? Nowhere! But they were happy to let the terrorists raise money in the USA. If the UK wants to get involved and pretend it’s a world power, it will need to send the full carrier force….. not a destroyer. Navy cuts have hollowed out the Royal Navy in favour of the Army and Air Force. Thankfully the Navy got two new carriers but it will need more in the future as I wouldn’t rely on the US navy to get involved with the UKs future wars.

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Oh let me guess, all those Muslims rose up because the U.S they hate so much told them to??????

Their conspiracies don't have to make logical sense, they just need to be repeated often enough for some segment of the population (and everyone knows which segment) to believe them.

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What took so long?

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ArtistAtLargeToday  01:46 pm JST

What took so long?

US has been scrambling to setup air defense systems at many places in the middle east. For example, an obvious target is the US base in Djibouti at the southern end of the Red sea, a few hundred kms away. And their missiles have a much larger range than that so that is just one of many.

There's a good chance this could chew up plenty of western air defense missiles, patriots etc.

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Interesting to see some US politicians response to Biden’s order to strike Houthis ( from Al Jazeera)

Representative Ro Khanna, Democrat

The President needs to come to Congress before launching a strike against the Houthis in Yemen and involving us in another Middle East conflict. That is Article I of the Constitution.

Rep Val Hoyle, Democrat

These airstrikes have not been authorized by Congress. The Constitution is clear: Congress has the sole authority to authorize military involvement in overseas conflicts.

Rep Jason Crow, Democrat

I would not support us being pulled into a broader war.

Rep Mark Pocan, Democrat

The United States cannot risk getting entangled into another decades-long conflict without Congressional authorization.

Rep Gregory Meeks, Democrat

While I support these targeted, proportional military strikes, I call on the Biden Administration to continue its diplomatic efforts to avoid escalation to a broader regional war and continue to engage Congress on the details of its strategy and legal basis as required by law.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell

President Biden’s decision to use military force against these Iranian proxies is overdue.

Senator Roger Wicker, Republican

It is important that we follow this action in close consultation with our Saudi partners to ensure they are with us as the situation develops

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Desert TortoiseToday  12:58 pm JST

 was responding to the " Flinging missiles at countries you aren't at war with is classic terrorism." comment. If you read that properly you would comprehend it. Do you agree or disagree with Taiwan's classic terrorism definition?

Taiwan isn't attacking other nation's shipping in international waters. China is using missile "exercises" to try to intimidate Taiwan, an island they dearly want to conquer.

Sure. "Taiwan " in my post referred to the poster 'TaiwanisNotChina' and his statement that "flinging missiles at countries you aren't at war with is classic terrrorism ", not Taiwan as a country. No disagreement about Taiwan ( the island:) not attacking anyone. One of the most peaceful places around actually, imho.

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Biden is predictably walking in the shoes of previous scofflaw presidents who attacked other countries without Congressional approval thus violating his oath of office as potus and together with the UK has also started an illegal war with Yemen. Apparently, as witnessed on many occasions, superpowers and their vassal states brazenly cherry-pick which international laws they wish to violate with impunity.

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Perhaps some of the American posters in the know could clarify this. Is POTUS required to consult and get authorization from US Congress before launching overseas strikes as some of the Democrat politicians quoted by Al Jazeera in the above post say, or not? Proper question. Stumps downvoting direct quotes from said politicians need not bother.

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I would have said bomb them back to the stone age.

But the Houthis have never left it.

Terrorists MUST be eliminated.

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So, the US, which has spent months telling the world in general, and prodemocracy forces in the ME in particular, to be extremely measured in responding to Israeli attacks, has been almost as unmeasured in response to Yemen's attacks as the Israeli regime itself.

So much for "concern about a regional war", it's beginning to look like the starting line of WW3 is underfoot.

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Cards fanToday  10:04 am JST

Two of the richest countries in the world are attacking one of the poorest - shame on them.

No. They fired missiles at terrorists who have been warned repeatedly to stop attacking merchant vessels.

They didn't listen and this is the consequence. Stop attacking merchant vessels.

Attacking neutral merchant vessels. This led to the 1987 - 1988 US naval war against Iran. And since then Somalian pirates have committed similar acts on neutral vessels. Those terrorist actions have led to wars against Somali pirate clans as well.

Quit messing with merchant vessels. They're not doing anything to you and they're in neutral waters. Leave them alone.

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unmeasured in response to Yemen's attacks

Yemen's attacks? Excuse me, these were not "Yemen's attacks." These were attacks by Houthis, a terrorist group, at war with the actual government of Yemen.

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Remember Inflation?

Yes?

Europe can expect plenty more of that as the Suez becomes untraversable.

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Primary reason entire Muslim World's moving into China Russia BRICS led axis

Maybe so. But the fact that they are able to accept China's decade long genocide against Muslims in its own country suggests that they aren't as concerned about the plight of other Muslims as they claim. Just more dirty politics.

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The U.S has conducted more than 400 airstrikes on Yemen since 2002 btw.

Is that right? But according to some posters on here, check quote -" Flinging missiles at countries you aren't at war with is classic terrorism."

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Man, there’s enough water carrying for a bunch of terrorists back by a nation specializing in State-terror as an instrument of state policy (Iran) to fill several Olympic swimming pools.

The Houthis (and the Iranians too if they don’t watch it) “messed” around with international shipping, and now they’re finding out.

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Perhaps some of the American posters in the know could clarify this. Is POTUS required to consult and get authorization from US Congress before launching overseas strikes as some of the Democrat politicians quoted by Al Jazeera in the above post say, or not? Proper question. Stumps downvoting direct quotes from said politicians need not bother.

Guess none of the US govt posters on here wants answer this...hmm.

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Perhaps some of the American posters in the know could clarify this. Is POTUS required to consult and get authorization from US Congress before launching overseas strikes as some of the Democrat politicians quoted by Al Jazeera in the above post say, or not? Proper question. Stumps downvoting direct quotes from said politicians need not bother.

In some cases yes.

For a limited strike like this to repel hostilities, it is acceptable.

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Ramsey's KitchenToday 03:48 pm JST

The U.S has conducted more than 400 airstrikes on Yemen since 2002 btw.

Is that right? But according to some posters on here, check quote -" Flinging missiles at countries you aren't at war with is classic terrorism."

Against Al Qaeda, yeah. Probably did the houthis an unnecessary favor.

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Ramsey's KitchenToday 04:03 pm JST

There is an authorization for the president to prosecute the War on Terror. That applies x10 for this situation.

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Got to admire the Houthis, they've got a lot of guts.

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In some cases yes, it is acceptable and in some cases no? So there is no clear rule that about the requirement to consult Congress, correct?

Which means those Democrat politicians saying Biden had to get Congress approval for the strikes are in the wrong. Is this right?

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Desert TortoiseToday  11:13 am JST

Is this the start of a new war with Iran?

Iran has been using the Houthis to wage war on the west.

For some reason, everyone seems to agree on the fact that Iran is backing all these terrorists, yet nobody is seeking retribution with Iran directly and instead punishing innocents who happen to be living in regions with Iran-backed terrorists. Bombing the sh***t out of Palestine, Lebanon, now Yemen. Yet not a single bullet fired towards Iran. Just because Iran has nuclear weapons? Sure that makes sense, let's bomb the countries that cannot come back at us.

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