“I am sorry about what happened,” said Ahmed Mighali Said, 77, who fought the British Army in the bloody four-year uprising known as the Aden Emergency, which ended with Britain’s withdrawal in 1967. “Under the British we had peace. The Yemeni fighters were ignorant. I hope the British come back.”No chance of that. Here's another one,
“It was a great mistake,” said one former fighter, now a grizzled old man. “People didn’t know any better. It was an emotional response born out of Arab nationalism and Nasserite revolutionary feelings. If the British came back, we would sign a protocol saying we are sorry.”I find these statements amazing. These veteran independence fighters are actually sorry they achieved independence, and would welcome British imperialism. That's a measure of what a hellish basket case of a country Yemen has become. I wonder if similar feelings exist in other former colonies. I can't recall ever hearing these types of comments from members of other national independence movements.