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Saudi-Led Coalition Slaughters Refugees at Sea

The Saudi-led coalition attacking Yemen has committed another atrocity [1], this time targeting a boatload of Somali refugees:

Somalia’s government on Saturday blamed the Saudi-led coalition for Friday’s attack on a boat that killed at least 42 Somali refugees off the coast of war-torn Yemen, calling the assault by a military vessel and a helicopter gunship “horrific.”

The slaughter of dozens of refugees is unfortunately just the most recent egregious example of the coalition’s blatant disregard for civilian lives. It is one of the many indefensible attacks on civilian targets that the coalition has carried out over the past two years. As they have done after many other attacks on civilians, the coalition has pretended that they weren’t involved and aren’t responsible, but no one else could possibly be responsible for this. There will be more massacres like this as long as the Saudi-led coalition is permitted to act with impunity and faces no consequences for its flagrant, repeated violations of international law. The U.S. and Britain should cut off all military assistance to the coalition, and every day that our government continues to support the war on Yemen is another day that we are responsible for enabling the senseless killing and starving of civilians.

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#1 Comment By SF Bay On March 19, 2017 @ 5:51 pm

I’ve avoided commenting on the Yemen tragedy. It seems that nothing anyone says will stop our government from aiding Saudi Arabia in this ghastly war.

I fault the war culture that has built up within our government. I don’t see this stopping until a true anti-war candidate wins the presidency. And neither party right now seems interested in stopping our endless wars.

Keep writing Daniel. Maybe you will break through on some level to stop this needless killing.

#2 Comment By Mont D. Law On March 20, 2017 @ 5:14 am

As far as I can tell this is ten minutes from becoming policy in Australia and Europe. What then?

#3 Comment By Chris Chuba On March 20, 2017 @ 8:25 am

FOX and the rest of the MSM had more tears for UAE and Saudi warships that were attacked where less than 20 military personnel were killed. They acted as if attacking military targets involved in a war was somehow a war crime or an act of terrorism.

#4 Comment By john On March 20, 2017 @ 2:19 pm

How bad do things have to be that Yemen looks like a better option?

#5 Comment By Slow Learners On March 21, 2017 @ 10:47 pm

“How bad do things have to be that Yemen looks like a better option?”

Yemen wasn’t their destination. Yemen is a way-station on a long-established human smuggling route that ends in Europe.

As night follows day, at some point starving Yemenis will themselves start taking that route in large numbers. And then we can congratulate Trump on his contribution to the ongoing refugee floods triggered by Bush II and Obama/Clinton.