March 1st, 2013
10:16 AM ET

Inside a Yemeni museum

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What do you do after you're deposed as president of one of the world's most terrorist infested fail states? Well, if you're Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen, first you come to the U.S. to recover from old bombing injuries, then back home in Yemen, you announce the opening of a museum all about yourself.

Yes, come one, come all to sunny Sana'a to see such priceless museum pieces as large portraits of Mr. Saleh, naturally, weapons he was given while in office, of course, and quite amazingly, the suit he was wearing during the aforementioned bombing, as well as some shrapnel that was recovered from his body. Wow. The curator says the museum is almost ready to open, as soon as they get the lights and air conditioning sorted out. I suppose this is progress of a kind, most dictators will probably keep all the stuff for themselves.

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  1. Doc

    No doubt the United States paid for it...

    March 1, 2013 at 11:23 am | Reply
    • Marine5484

      Of course it did, Doc. This Ali Abdullah Saleh was one the worst, if not the worst dictator in the Middle East. This alone shows how little the right-wing thugs in Washington care about human rights. Besides, we've been using those cursed drones along with those Tomahawk missiles to help him retain power!

      March 1, 2013 at 1:25 pm | Reply
  2. j. von hettlingen

    We see a group of small – probably gold – figures in a glass case that depicts a desert scene, the deposed Tunisian dictator Ben Ali had a similar set too. All his family's belongings in different palaces had been auctioned by the Tunisian government a few weeks ago.
    Saleh had once again squandered his country's resources. Yemen is one of the poorest countries on earth. Building a museum to show the objects he had collected or bought with money he'd stolen from his people is just a sideshow. He has no doubt more assets that he had tucked away during his years in power.

    March 3, 2013 at 9:25 am | Reply
    • Patrick

      Well said, j. von hettlingen. Thank you.

      March 3, 2013 at 12:57 pm | Reply

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