Yemen: Dialogue of the Deaf

Yemeni tribesmen in the small and remote village of Haradh last week lopped off the heads of two oxen as sacrifices for peace. Yet the 55 delegates gathered for truce talks on a nearby plain seemed no closer to settling Yemen's three-year civil war than they were when they first convened three weeks ago. Reported an Arab newsman: "It is the dialogue of the deaf. Both sides talk, but neither side listens."

The conference to end the bloody (100,000 battle deaths) fighting between insurgent Republicans and Royalist mountain tribesmen was actually convened...

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