THE YEMENS: More Than Just A Border Clash

Saudi fears about subversion

For more than a decade, Saudi Arabia has viewed with much alarm the Marxist, pro-Moscow regime in the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen (South Yemen), a government so far to the left that it considers Iraq a "fascist state." South Yemen, the Saudis believe, wants to destabilize and subvert the entire Arabian Peninsula. That gloomy view gained credibility last week as South Yemen, taking advantage of a long-simmering border dispute, launched an all-out attack on its more populous but militarily weaker northern neighbor, pro-Saudi North Yemen (The Yemen...

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