The really weird part of North's article comes at the end. I will quote in full.
Now we know that 55,000 Americans are currently "visiting, living or studying in Yemen." That stunning number is in a letter Rep. Frank Wolf, author of the 1998 legislation creating the National Terrorism Commission, sent to the White House this week. The congressman points out: "All these individuals can fly back to the United States with American passports" and asks how the Obama administration plans to handle those who may be coming home, radicalized and trained in terror.
I suppose I agree with North that it is good to demonize everyone who goes over there, instead of maybe being happy that there might be scholars, journalists, students, or even language and culture experts whose knowledge might be helpful. I guess I just think he is a little vague as to whether we imprison people right away, or follow them around first to see where they might go.
My point with this is that it is up to the Admin and journalists to make sure that while we do recognize the threat of Yemen, we might not want to have the word "Yemen" be entirely and reflexively associated with darkness, evil, dread and violence. That is a good way to whip up hysteria, and a terrible climate in which to make policy.