Bad Fences

Bradley, John R.
March 2004
New Republic;3/1/2004, Vol. 230 Issue 7, p11
This article examines the difficulties Saudi Arabia has been experiencing with its neighbor, Yemen. In Washington today, many blame America's terrorism problem on Saudi Arabia. In Sa' ada, only 25 miles from the Saudi border, I walked through the biggest of Yemen's numerous arms bazaars, where row after row of dealers peddled firearms, grenades, and rocket launchers. The smuggling of drugs, alcohol, luxury goods, and arms across the mountainous, sparsely populated, and largely unmarked Saudi-Yemen frontier has been a problem for years. According to a prominent Yemeni journalist, many tribal leaders in Yemen opposed to the central government in Sanaa remain on the Al Saud payroll. The history of Saudi-Yemeni enmity makes the Yemen government wary of working with Riyadh, especially on border issues.


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