Yemen Can’t Wait
by CINDY SHEEHAN
by CINDY SHEEHAN
According to credible sources, over 18 million people in Yemen are on the brink of starvation and could already be gone by the time this newsletter comes out.
According to the NGO, Save the Children, upwards of 85,000 children have died since one of the U.S. Empire’s “best friends,” Saudi Arabia, got involved in a political conflict in Yemen that could have been termed as a “Civil War.” However, since the Saudis became involved in protecting and supporting what many Yemeni would call an illegitimate government, they have knowingly targeted civilians and blockaded a port to prohibit much needed aid from entering the beleaguered country.
Tragically, a child in Yemen dies from starvation and other preventable causes every 10 minutes. Over one million additional children are going to perish because their hunger is too far gone to go into remission with nutrients. These children have reached the point of no return. An immediate end to the war and blockade would not save most of them at this point.
The genocide in Yemen has been supported by the U.S. government since 2015–when that shining light of love and peace (sarcasm), Obama was president. The U.S. has been supporting the government of Saudi Arabia in these atrocities and has been selling over 100 billion dollars worth of death machines per year to the repressive and brutal Saudi regime!
The humanitarian crisis (genocide) in Yemen is worsening by the
SJR 54 which was sponsored by our favorite soft-imperialist Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has been prematurely lauded by many in the Peace Industrial Complex but the Women’s March on the Pentagon (of which I am the national Director) has a different analysis. Our analysis wasn’t based on any pre-conceived notions of Sanders or the elite band of thugs in the U.S. Senate, but by a careful analysis of the resolution. Part of our analysis read:
The resolution has been falsely lauded as a potential end to U.S. involvement in the war in Yemen. The conclusion of the bill says it all, quite plainly:
“SECTION 1. REMOVAL OF UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES FROM HOSTILITIES IN THE REPUBLIC OF YEMEN THAT HAVE NOT BEEN AUTHORIZED BY CONGRESS.
Pursuant to section 1013 of the Department of State Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1984 and 1985 (50 U.S.C. 1546a) and in accordance with the provisions of section 601(b) of the International Security Assistance and Arms Export Control Act of 1976 (Public Law 94–329; 90 Stat. 765), Congress hereby directs the President to remove United States Armed Forces from hostilities in or affecting the Republic of Yemen, except United States Armed Forces engaged in operations directed at al Qaeda or associated forces, by not later than the date that is 30 days after the date of the adoption of this joint resolution (unless the President requests and Congress authorizes a later date), and unless and until a declaration of war or specific authorization for such use of United States Armed Forces has been enacted.”
We know full well what this means. “Operations directed at al Qaeda” are under the “war on terror” umbrella - the vague war on a moving target that has resulted in the ruin of entire countries and the loss of millions of innocent lives since 2001.
The situation in Yemen is the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. It’s in the best interests of the people of the United States for the U.S. government to cease all military operations in Yemen, regardless of target, and all support for the murderous Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as well as the United Arab Emirates. This means an end to the sale of weapons used against Yemen, an end to sharing intelligence, an end to providing midair refueling assistance, etc.
March on the Pentagon rejects SJR 54 as the means to an end to the war in Yemen.
Some reading this may be thinking, “Well, at least SJR is a ‘step in the right direction’” but I would even disagree with that assessment. I believe the resolution is a dangerous smokescreen to give activists and others a false sense of hope that there is an end in sight to the genocide. It diverts attention from what’s really necessary as we outlined above.
The situation with IDPs (Internally Displaced Peoples) is also at a crisis this from: Gisela Vallès, medical team leader at the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in the district capital of Abs,
“The MSF hospital in Abs city is currently receiving war-wounded [patients] every day. Between August and September, we treated 362 injured people, more than 40 percent of the total number of wounded we have treated in 2018 at this facility. Many are civilians who have been caught in the crossfire of airstrikes and missiles. The intensification of the fighting about 50 kilometers [31 miles] north of Abs, around Beni Hassan, near the border with Saudi Arabia, has caused a massive new wave of displacement. Since August, about 20,000 people have relocated to other parts of the region, joining several thousand others who fled earlier fighting. It is difficult to trace them because there are no formal camps for internally displaced people (IDPs). They are scattered across a very large area. Sometimes there are groups of IDPs living under basic plastic sheets that they buy or that are donated to them. Other times they are mixed with local communities. In any case, they all live in very precarious conditions.”
What I find horrifyingly interesting about the Saudi Arabia issue is that since 2015, the dire situation in Yemen has all but been ignored along with the many imprisonments/disappearances of journalists and citizen journalists of Saudi Arabia (not to mention the Saud’s atrocious record on the oppression of women), the corporate media here in the U.S. and many liberal forces suddenly became concerned about the disappearance and apparent murder of one Jamal Khashoggi.
Khashoggi is/was not from an oppressed community in Saudi Arabia, but indeed, hailed from a very wealthy and highly connected arms dealing family. His uncle was the notorious Adnan Khashoggi.
In short, what allegedly got Jamal Khashoggi killed was his outspoken criticism of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman from an insider forced outside position. What were the innocent people of Yemen in the way of? A port? A pipeline? Was it because they preferred a government that was more receptive to the needs of the people than to the gross profits of a few? Did the U.S. and Saudis need a more friendly (Hadi) government to better represent and protect their interests? All of the above?
In the end, it’s always the people who profoundly pay with their lives and security for the evilness of global Imperialism.
The same forces that got so upset and leaked crocodile tears over Khashoggi have shed not tear one for the millions of Yemeni that have been exterminated in a systematic program of genocide for over three years now.
Where are the celebrities and their songs for Yemen?
Where was the Peace Industrial Complex when the Nobel Prize recipient, Obama, was collaborating with the Saudis? For that matter where are they now?
Some of the liberals are proposing that the road in front of the Saudi embassy in DC be named: “Jamal Khasshoggi Street.”
I think, “U.S./Saudi Genocide of Yemen” would be more appropriate.