Wrap the World in Silk
90 days away, 89, 88…
We’re going for a motorcycle expedition in phases, across the Silk Roads. Marco Polo in reverse, and on wheels.
Gotta love the “English” motto for Jialing motorcycles…
So far we have four guys and one gal, with two of the guys from the US. The older guy about my age who appears as #5, Qiao, is now the leader of the team. We anticipate getting two more riders, including another woman rider. More on the people in the “Team” tab of this webpage.
The Silkmoto page is rarely going to be updated until the trip starts. Updates will be announced here. Of course, this page is not frequently updated. It’s more of a between-the-lines communication lifeline with some human interest stories.
Yemen is now the site of cross-cutting conflict, between the disintegrated Sunni-backed government and Shia rebels. Simultaneously, there are extreme jidahist forces unhappy with any prevailing power and seek to establish an Islamic State.
What is odd is that a new “coalition” has been cobbled together to keep the Shia rebels at bay, mostly with bombing campaigns that have killed hundreds of civilians.
This coalition might be called a “coalition of the absurd,” as it is formed by various nations who cannot or will not defend themselves under any circumstances, but who are willing to use their own armies to intervene in the affairs of Yemen.
What can their generals possibly say? “We’re designed not to defend, but rather to meddle.”
The map below shows where US/NATO are either based or have access:
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, who allow foreign military and intelligence agents to trespass on their lands, are part of this coalition.
The map above suggests that Egypt and Jordan have no formal shared basing agreements, but both countries receive massive amounts of western financial and military aid, also undermining their sovereignty.
How Morocco and Sudan became part of this coalition is anyone’s guess – not that this needs explaining, being a “coalition of the absurd.”
This Confederacy of Dunces is determined to resurrect a deeply unpopular and weak government, regardless of the destruction wrought upon Yemen.