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The Saudi Coalition Bombed a Cholera Treatment Center in Yemen

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Yemen reported that the Saudi coalition bombed one of the cholera treatment centers earlier today:

Yemenis have been suffering from the world’s largest modern cholera epidemic for more than a year, and there have been over one million cases since April of last year. Medical facilities such as this one are never to be targeted in time of war, and attacks on medical facilities constitute war crimes. The Saudi coalition has routinely struck hospitals and clinics throughout their three-year war on Yemen, and they have destroyed MSF-supported facilities on many occasions. The coalition bombing campaign has wrecked the infrastructure and destroyed many of the country’s medical facilities, the blockade has created a fuel crisis that makes it difficult to run generators to pump clean drinking water, and coalition forces have even struck at water and sewage treatment plants. They have created the conditions for the extensive spread of cholera, a normally preventable disease, and they even bomb the treatment centers that are set up to cope with the epidemic their policies helped to cause.

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Sen. Chris Murphy condemned the attack:

U.S. support for the bombing campaign enables the frequent bombing of medical facilities and other civilian targets. The coalition governments are not trying to limit the harm they do to the civilian population, and the U.S. should not be aiding and abetting their war crimes.

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8 Comments To "The Saudi Coalition Bombed a Cholera Treatment Center in Yemen"

#1 Comment By Reader On June 11, 2018 @ 3:01 pm

But . . . but . . . America is exceptional! If the US government supports it, it must be right, because America is exceptional!

#2 Comment By stafford, va On June 11, 2018 @ 3:19 pm

Whenever you imagine that Trump and his foreign policy team have exhausted ways to surprise and disgust the world, they demonstrate how impoverished your imagination is.

But really. Bombing cholera treatment centers is a new look for America. Has Nikki Haley come out and congratulated Saudi Arabia for defending itself against the cholera sufferers yet? Or is she still praising Israel for killing that lady medic?

Indeed, there is an emerging pattern: doctors, nurses, medics … Revolting. And not my America.

#3 Comment By b. On June 11, 2018 @ 3:57 pm

The (in)difference between today and Iraq 2003 is stunning. Obama’s chosen war in Yemen has been going on for several years, and the death toll is about to rise exponentially – and there are even fewer “dissenters” in Congress than there were back then, and no protests in the street. The “Iran in Yemen” fiction is regurgitated everywhere, and to the extent that anybody is blamed, it is Trump – as if this was not a campaign with biparty majority support, conceived, aided and abetted by the Obama administration, and building on a decade of awful 9/11 responses in Yemen and across the Middle East.

This is who we are. Maybe in 2003, we couldn’t quite believe it, but by now, we have made ourselves a peace with it, and call it nothing.

#4 Comment By b. On June 11, 2018 @ 4:03 pm

It stands to reason that if this is the result of the US best efforts to ensure that bombing campaigns stay within the boundaries of international law and common decency, after 5 years of “assisting” we have to take this as an indictment of the USAF’s own ability to avoid hitting proscribed targets.

There is no reason to engage in willfully suspended belief that our own military would perform any better than our so heavily, thoroughly and exhaustively assisted “allies”, in our own bombing campaigns. “Precision” guidance is not accuracy.

#5 Comment By Youknowho On June 11, 2018 @ 5:30 pm

Daniel Larison, my heart is heavy. I see it happening, and I DO NOT KNOW how to make it better.

The good guys are outnumbered, and all we can do is wring our hands.

#6 Comment By BobS On June 11, 2018 @ 7:40 pm

“Obama’s chosen war in Yemen…”

16 months into Trump’s presidency, and it’s still the black guy’s fault.

#7 Comment By Grumpy Old Man On June 12, 2018 @ 8:18 am

Thank you for hammering on this.

#8 Comment By gearing up for the fall On June 12, 2018 @ 4:56 pm

“16 months into Trump’s presidency, and it’s still the black guy’s fault.”

You’re right. Just as Obama came to own the Bush disasters by doubling down on them for eight years and adding new ones of his own (Libya, Syria, Yemen), Trump is doing the same thing. He owns all of it now.

Obviously the message didn’t get through his head. I voted for him last time. I won’t vote for him next time.