Polly Mann | The Rich Bombing and Starving Poor Yemen

Doesn’t that make the U.S. complicit when the entrance and/or unloading of ships carrying food, medicine, and other critical aid is impeded so that it results in starvation, and in addition it also has resulted in a preventable cholera epidemic of historic proportions?   

By Polly Mann  WAMM Newsletter  Volume 35, Number 6  December 2017

Why in the world would this rich, rich country choose to help bomb one of the poorest countries on the face of the earth? A country in which children are starving to death¾starving because the infrastructure of their country has been bombed and ports are blockaded?

Bombs have directly killed and injured far too many innocent people in Yemen, but starvation follows. Alex de Waal, the executive director of the World Peace Foundation, says: “The main culprits [of starvation in Africa and Yemen] are wars that result in the destruction of farms, livestock herds and markets, and ‘explicit’ decisions by the military to block humanitarian aid.” He says that today’s famines are caused by political decisions and famine has been revived as a weapon of war. (“The Nazis Used It, We Use It.” Vol. 39 No. 12 London Review of Books. June 2017).

In the case of Yemen specifically, de Waal says that nation [which used to import much of its food] is suffering because: “At Saudi insistence, backed by the U.S. and the UK, the UN Security Council imposed a blockade on Yemen and while there’s an exemption for food, the inspection procedures are slow and laborious.”

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In addition to the inspection process, de Waal cites infrastructure damage from bombing as creating conditions in which unloading ships carrying aid and food is extremely difficult.

Doesn’t that make the U.S. complicit when the entrance and/or unloading of ships carrying food, medicine, and other critical aid is impeded so that it results in starvation, and in addition it also has resulted in a preventable cholera epidemic of historic proportions? Even if and when food and medicine can get off ships, storage is imperiled due to destruction of Yemen’s electrical systems.

A boy walks on rubble of Yemen's State Satellite Television Station after it was targeted by airstrikes of the Saudi-led coalition on December 09, 2017 in Sana'a, Yemen. At least four journalists were killed by airstrikes hit the Yemen's State Satellite Television Station. (Photo: Mohammed Hamoud / Getty Images)

A boy walks on rubble of Yemen’s State Satellite Television Station after it was targeted by airstrikes of the Saudi-led coalition on December 09, 2017 in Sana’a, Yemen. At least four journalists were killed by airstrikes hit the Yemen’s State Satellite Television Station. (Photo: Mohammed Hamoud / Getty Images)

The reason given today for the U.S. helping to bomb Yemen (by making weapons sales, refueling Saudi bombers, and providing actionable intelligence for bombing) is that it is an enemy of Saudi Arabia and the U.S. government supports Saudi Arabia. A few Americans might approve of the action¾those would be the congresspeople who support Saudi Arabia in a proxy war against Iran in which Iran is said to be supporting the rebellious Houthi ethnic group.

Recently, some members of Congress introduced a resolution to take back their authority from the overreaching executive branch, and pursuant to the War Powers Resolution, remove the U.S. Armed Forces from unauthorized hostilities in Yemen. Shamefully, others in Congress made sure that the resolution was nonbinding. As of this writing, it is undetermined what, if anything, will be the result of this legislation.

The other supporters of war on Yemen would be major stockholders in U.S. corporations that are manufacturing the arms sold to Saudi Arabia.

The British-based nonprofit called Save the Children has been working in Yemen since 1963. Yes, let’s save the Yemeni children. We can start by stopping the bombings and the weapons sales and allow Yemen’s ports to be fully restored.

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The Faces Of Yemen – Where Is American “Outrage?”  By Brandon Turbeville for Information Clearing House  Popular Resistance  November 23, 2017

The Quality of Mercy by Kathy Kelly  Voices for Creative Nonviolence  November 22, 2017

Polly Mann writes a column and is a regular contributor to the WAMM Newsletter.


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One comment

  1. Stan Levin · · Reply

    The United States of America …
    To our everlasting shame …..
    Stan Levin
    Veteran for Peace

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