Saudi Arabia gets praised for helping Yemen
No, you read the title correctly. Saudi Arabia and the UAE were richly praised for their generous gift to the starving people of Yemen.
A UN donor conference for people affected by war in Yemen – which has been labelled as the “world’s worst humanitarian crisis” – has received pledges of more than $2bn (£1.4bn), close to half of which is promised by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, two key protagonists in the conflict.
Despite falling well short of the almost $3bn being called for by the meeting in Geneva, the UN secretary general, António Guterres, hailed the donor conference a “remarkable success”.
...Asked if he saw a contradiction in the Saudi stance towards Yemen, Guterres said a country’s humanitarian commitments and military actions should be kept separate.
“We all know that there is a war. We all know who the parties [are] to the war but the two things need to be seen separately,” the UN chief told reporters.
“Independent of the fact that there is a war, there are humanitarian obligations that are assumed by countries,” he said.
“The countries that are also party to the conflict were party to these international efforts to support the people of Yemen.”
If you thought the U.N. response was revolting, check out the U.S. response.
Thomas Staal, counselor for the U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID, said the United States extended its “gratitude” to Saudi Arabia and UAE “for their significant contributions to the United Nations’ coordinated response.”
Doesn't that just warm your heart? Those Saudi liberal do-gooders.
Of course there are some Yemeni people that are ungrateful. Such as the 14 women and children that had the nerve to get blown up yesterday when the Saudis had so generously dropped several bombs on them, and now cannot thank their Saudi overlords.
Yesterday the U.N., after thanking the Saudis for their generosity, declared "Yemen is now the world's worst humanitarian crisis".
Often called the "forgotten war" amid Western media focus on Syria, Yemen's situation is now catastrophic, with "nearly half of all children aged between six months and 5 years old chronically malnourished," according to Guterres.
Both sides of the conflict have used food as a weapon of war, but the crisis is caused primarily by a brutal air, land and sea blockade imposed by a Saudi Arabia-led coalition.
The 1949 Geneva Convention declared
Article 54 [ Link ] -- Protection of objects indispensable to the survival of the civilian population
1. Starvation of civilians as a method of warfare is prohibited.
I guess it doesn't count if you also throw a bunch of money at the problem.
Let's not forget that Congress is OK with this.