Monday, December 11, 2017

The Time I Tried to Give Economic Advice to a Middle East Tyrant

 Ali Abdullah Saleh

Richard Ebeling emails:

Dear Bob,

My latest article on the website of the Future of Freedom Foundation is on, “An Audience with the Tyrant of Yemen.”

The press has reported the murder of former Yemeni President, Ali Abdullah Saleh. I actually had an “audience” with him in Yemen in 2006, as part of a delegation of American “experts” offering advice on making Yemen more “business friendly.” It was a “fool’s errand,” given the corruption and political manipulation of almost every facet of the Yemeni economy and society.

But it gave me the opportunity to meet with and watch a tyrant “up close” and the workings of his power lusting mind, as well as the terror and control it imposed on almost all others in society. It also gave me the chance to better see the reality of collectivism in their political and dogmatic religious forms and how they not only kept people in poverty, but suppressed freedom and individuality through political plunder and theological indoctrination.

The economic and social crisis that Yemen is currently experiencing in an on-going bloody and brutal civil war has its root far deeper and much farther back historically and theologically than headline news of Saudi Arabian bombing runs and American drone strikes.



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