Washington post newspaper justified Washington decision of not receiving president Ali Abdullah Saleh, without medical reasons, saying that "the aim is not to enrage the Yemen youth opponents. It is a non-respectable decision and a justification lacking morality.
It is not surprising to notice that it is not the first time for the US administration to abandon one of its closest allies and decides throwing him out of the window once they find themselves powerless and useless.
Washington Post, the political magazine of the capital, forgot that US Ambassador in Sana'a has controlled the main parts in the reconciliation negotiations which led to the withdrawal of Saleh from the pompous chair. It has also forgotten that he was one o the most important allies in the war against Qeada, practicing against him the same snobberies they have done with Zein al-Adeen Ben Ali and Hosni Mubarak. It is always the first to abandon the losers and move to the side of winners.
Yesterday, US got out of Iraq in handshakes between Barak Obama and Nori al-Malaki, as if nothing has happened. They occupied Iraq under the pretext of the existence of nuclear weapons. They destroyed it, dissolved its army, dismantled institutions, demolished economy, and handed power to political forces who don't believe in national partnership. Then it pulled out as if it bears no responsibility or guilt.
America has no friends. All those who used to be allies or men of France and Britain, during the colonization, were received in both countries as ordinary men. They are prevented from political activities, or harming the new relations. However none of them had been told that "you cannot enter because you are new enemy."
America is receiving millions of strangers every year. In the 1930s it received 25 million migrants each year, for more than a year.
If the Yemeni opposition are entitled to this right, only because they have signed the agreement of the gulf settlement, on what type of political, lawful or humanitarian rights does Washington requires sickness of Ali Abdullah Saleh to receive him.
This column has the habit of criticizing the Yemeni president for years, but this doesn't mean that the American position needn't be condemned. We also don't know the position of the US based human rights organization, in UN as well as all the other organizations.
The man is not accused or guilty and had not been charged before any international institution. He is just at least similar to the 50 rulers of Washington allies, who seized nations and homelands for themselves.
It is a strange coincidence to receives Nuri al-Maliki in the Oval Office as a symbol of democracy and to deny a visas to a yesterday's visitor.