The Houthis’ obligatory response

Imperialism

United States

Yemen

The attack against the Gibraltar Eagle appears to be the first time the Houthis have successfully struck a US-owned or operated ship, raising the stakes in the Red Sea after the US vowed that further Houthi launches would be met with a response.[1]

In the chest-thumping world, this Houthi attack was obligatory. To have not responded would have appeared as capitulation. What will be more significant is if we see further attacks.

Though I gotta tell ya, based on this report,[2] it doesn’t sound like the Houthis have terribly reliable missiles.

Oren Liebermann and Haley Britzky, “Houthi ballistic missile strikes US-owned and operated cargo ship, US Central Command says,” CNN, January 15, 2024, https://www.cnn.com/2024/01/15/politics/houthi-missile-strikes-us-owned-ship/index.html


Illiberalism


Fig. 1. Photograph by Joachim F. Thurn, August 1991, Bundesarchiv, B 145 Bild-F089030-0003, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0 DE.

Yet another country gets added to the illiberalism list.

Tim Gosling, “Is Slovakia on a fast track to illiberalism?” Deutschewelle, January 15, 2024, https://www.dw.com/en/worries-for-rule-of-law-in-slovakia-as-fico-targets-courts/a-67985576


  1. [1]Oren Liebermann and Haley Britzky, “Houthi ballistic missile strikes US-owned and operated cargo ship, US Central Command says,” CNN, January 15, 2024, https://www.cnn.com/2024/01/15/politics/houthi-missile-strikes-us-owned-ship/index.html
  2. [2]Oren Liebermann and Haley Britzky, “Houthi ballistic missile strikes US-owned and operated cargo ship, US Central Command says,” CNN, January 15, 2024, https://www.cnn.com/2024/01/15/politics/houthi-missile-strikes-us-owned-ship/index.html

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