The Media Misses the Point on ‘Proxy War’ by Gareth Porter

“”The term “proxy war” has experienced a new popularity in stories on the Middle East. Various news sources began using the term to describe the conflict in Yemen immediately, as if on cue, after Saudi Arabia launched its bombing campaign against Houthi targets in Yemen on 25 March. “The Yemen Conflict Devolves into Proxy War,” The Wall Street Journal headlined the following day. “Who’s fighting whom in Yemen’s proxy war?” a blogger for Reuters asked on 27 March.

And on the same day the Journal pronounced Yemen a proxy war, NBC News declared that the entire Middle East was now engulfed in a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia.”

Dandelion Salad

by Gareth Porter
Writer, Dandelion Salad
crossposted at Middle East Eye
Washington
May 6, 2015

Map of the modern state of Yemen. Map of Yemen... Map of the modern state of Yemen. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The term “proxy war” has experienced a new popularity in stories on the Middle East. Various news sources began using the term to describe the conflict in Yemen immediately, as if on cue, after Saudi Arabia launched its bombing campaign against Houthi targets in Yemen on 25 March.  “The Yemen Conflict Devolves into Proxy War,” The Wall Street Journal headlined the following day.  “Who’s fighting whom in Yemen’s proxy war?” a blogger for Reuters asked on 27 March.

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