The U.S./Saudi Arabia Genocide of Yemen for Greed and Power
(This is a picture of skeleton thin children starving in Yemen. You'll have to use your imagination or search the internet, I don't have the stomach for it right now.)
(Note: I've got a little 6 month old grandson visiting for the holiday. When I saw the picture of the starving child in Yemen, I saw his eyes looking at me. Angry? You bet.)
"This war is a battle for the soul of Islam and it’s going to have to be the Muslim countries who are stepping up. These are billionaire families all over that region. They’ve got to get their hands dirty. They’ve got to get their troops on the ground. They’ve got to win that war with our support. We cannot be leading the effort.”
Bernie Sanders 2015
I've never been a Ron Paul fan because of his selfish libertarian views, (like I've never been a Sanders fan because of his selfish imperialist views) but it's hard to argue with many of his "foreign policy", i.e., U.S. imperialism, views and opinions.
His latest article is titled, "Why Are We Helping Saudi Arabia Destroy Yemen?" I would have probably titled that to ask why is the U.S. government ("We" I want no part of) committing genocide in Yemen. But he makes some good and flat out infuriating points in his article.
A recent Washington Post article purporting to tell us “how things got so bad” explains to us that, “it's a complicated story” involving “warring regional superpowers, terrorism, oil, and an impending climate catastrophe.”
No, Washington Post, it’s simpler than that. The tragedy in Yemen is the result of foreign military intervention in the internal affairs of that country. It started with the “Arab Spring” which had all the fingerprints of State Department meddling, and it escalated with 2015’s unprovoked Saudi attack on the country to re-install Riyadh’s preferred leader. Thousands of innocent civilians have been killed and millions more are at risk as starvation and cholera rage."
He's absolutely right. As usual, the .01% owned 90% corporate media monopoly helping rule this country completely lies and obfuscates the reasons why people are dying and suffering in Yemen. It is simple, all wars are simple in the end. Power and greed.
What is happening in Yemen is in real time. It is happening NOW. We don't have an excuse of looking back, like with the attempted genocides in Rwanda and Iraq, of saying if only we knew. What is happening in Yemen is common knowledge now, like all U.S. directed wars, thereby making excuses ludicrous.
"The UN undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs warned just last week that Yemen faces "the largest famine the world has seen for many decades with millions of victims." The Red Cross has just estimated that a million people are vulnerable in the cholera epidemic that rages through Yemen.
And why is there a cholera epidemic? Because the Saudi government – with US support – has blocked every port of entry to prevent critical medicine from reaching suffering Yemenis. This is not a war. It is cruel murder."
I've had a few short debates with Trump supporters, including one right here at C99, and I've tried to point out that Trump is now a war criminal murderer who belongs in prison for the rest of his miserable life. Nothing else matters. Murder trumps jobs, trumps trade agreements, trumps anything, it's the way it is with humans. I did the same thing with Obama supporters not long after Obama's first term started. Obama had continued the wars and imperialist actions started under Bush which became evident very early in his first term and not long after he criminally accepted the Nobel Peace prize. Trump has done the same thing.
I think the thing people need to focus on is that the President is also the Commander in Chief (CINC) of the Armed Forces of the United States. During war time, the CINC has enormous responsibilities that whether led by the nose or not, is the CINC's and the CINC's alone. That's the system, that is the responsibility this system gives to the President of the United States.
So there is no excusing presidents Obama and Trump regarding the actions of the U.S. military, intelligence and security apparatus serving the One Percent. The U.S. government involvement in Yemen and responsibility for the murder of millions of people falls first and foremost on the POTUS/CINC. Plenty more are to blame and should be held accountable including but far from limited to, the corporate media monopoly that purposely lies and fabricates propaganda to the American public and our own Congress and Senate that refuse to acknowledge the war crimes happening on their watch.
Trump, as with Obama, knows full well the lies behind the war in Yemen and that the actions of the U.S. are illegal under international law and in direct violation of the U.S. Constitution. The entire Congress and Senate knows it too, they're just too chickenshit to do anything about it. They are ALL responsible for genocide.
"The claim that we are fighting al-Qaeda in Yemen and thus our involvement is covered under the post-9/11 authorization for the use of force is without merit. In fact it has been reported numerous times in the mainstream media that US intervention on behalf of the Saudis in Yemen is actually a boost to al-Qaeda in the country. Al-Qaeda is at war with the Houthis who had taken control of much of the country because the Houthis practice a form of Shi’a Islam they claim is tied to Iran. We are fighting on the same side as al-Qaeda in Yemen."
Ron Paul points out how the U.S. Congress, outside of a few outliers,
is totally bought and paid for by those behind this war and rightly points out the significance to this country.
"US involvement in Saudi Arabia’s crimes against Yemen is a national disgrace. That the mainstream media fails to accurately cover this genocide is shameful. Let us join our voices now to demand that our US Representatives end US involvement in Yemen immediately!"
It is a fucking national disgrace. Not the only one either, in fact our government itself is a national disgrace, from Trump (or insert Obama, Bush and Clinton before that) to the Senate and Congress. The blood on all on their hands is unwaveringly cruel and sadistically opportunistic.
The support of the evil Saudi "government" by our government is despicable beyond measure. If there was any justice in this world, both governments, en masse, would be brought up on genocide charges at the International Criminal Court.
All I can say to those who try to make excuses for those who are aiding and abetting this genocide, particularly Trump, Obama and the duopoly political parties, as well as the corporate media, Saudi Arabia and whoever else is involved, is Fuck You. And stop, it's a fucking disgrace.
Save the children in Yemen. Those that are left.