4-30-19 Stephen Buck spoke about the Sunni/Shi’a divide and the war in Yemen. The US invasion of Iraq removed what the Saudis perceived to be a counterbalance to Iran’s regional ambitions, fanning Saudi fears of being encircled by Shiite countries. Saudi Arabia has reacted in part by attacking Shiite civilian targets in Yemen, particularly food supplies, with US support and weapons. Mr. Buck believes that US bombs are not only causing a humanitarian disaster, but also creating Yemeni terrorists. (On March 13, 2019, President Trump vetoed a Senate resolution to end US support for the war.) Mr. Buck argued that US efforts to unseat Iran’s leadership by means of economic strangulation are both counterproductive and likely to fail.