We also saw over the weekend an uptick in potential oil-related investments. Some big companies, including ExxonMobil, Nexen and BP have shown interest in developing deals to drill in Yemen. This deal is sweetened by the government offering to increase their share. I don't know exactly where they are going to get the money to do so, but if this can woo some capital into the country and help them develop their dwindling supplies quickly it can only be a good thing.
Yes, I know that oil is often a curse, and it is not a good long-term strategic investment, especially when you have as rapidly a finite amount as Yemen does. But "20 years down the road" is a cruel abstraction at this point- let's survive ten years, first, and in order to do that the country needs revenue.
I'm tempted here to write a really long essay about satisfying the short-term needs without jeopardizing the future. But then what would I have to look forward to doing tonight?