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The Indelible Stain of Starving Yemen

The Financial Times sounds [1] the alarm about famine in Yemen:

There is also little doubt that without a change of heart in Riyadh, Yemenis will starve on a scale the 21st century has yet to see. In such circumstances, the US and Britain would be found guilty of complicity in crimes committed in the name of Saudi hubris.

The Saudi-led coalition has permitted a few shipments of humanitarian aid into the country in the last couple of days, but this represents a tiny fraction of what the population needs to survive. Without commercial imports of food and fuel, the massive famine that the U.N. and numerous aid groups have predicted will claim countless innocent lives. Millions of lives are being deliberately threatened, and unless something changes very soon many hundreds of thousands will needlessly perish. The U.S. and Britain are already deeply complicit in the coalition’s crimes, and every day that they support the war on Yemen they become more so. The U.S. and British governments are among the leading accomplices in causing Yemen’s great famine, and their responsibility for this crime will stain them indelibly.

The disaster now engulfing the people of Yemen was entirely foreseeable and preventable, but the Western governments in a position to prevent it from happening chose instead to ignore the crisis and continued arming the governments responsible for creating it. Yemen has often been called the “forgotten” war, but millions of Yemenis are suffering from starvation and disease precisely because the coalition governments and their Western supporters have been paying the country the most destructive kind of attention. This is one of the largest crimes against humanity in recent times, but because its perpetrators are called “allies” and our governments are implicated in making it possible it still generates remarkably little outrage or opposition in the West.

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#1 Comment By weighing in On November 27, 2017 @ 12:48 pm

“The disaster now engulfing the people of Yemen was entirely foreseeable and preventable,”

Indeed: principled conservatives like you have been screaming to the heavens about this for literally years at this point …

#2 Comment By Christian Chuba On November 27, 2017 @ 1:28 pm

The Saudis are clearly guilty of war crimes and more accurately genocide, I can’t stand it when writers hedge on this as an allegation. They have systematically starved N. Yemen for years while carefully marketing their campaign to deny this.

1. Their starvation blockade was sold as an arms blockade. Food shipments declined 80% as they slow walked UN / Red Cross inspected cargo.

2. They slapped a total embargo after one ineffective missile attack, this looks more like a pretext. They subsequently reopened ports in loyalist areas, how convenient.

3. They bombed the Sana’a international airport after crying that the failed missile attack on their airport was a war crime.

4. They made a big announcement about re-opening rebel held ports but reduced the meager food shipments to levels lower than prior starvation levels.

These actions show a pattern of targeting the civilian population in Houthi areas for Warsaw Ghetto style death and destruction. I wonder what pearl of wisdom will come out of Nikki Haley’s mouth over this situation? I wonder if another one of our Generals will audition for the role of Keitel by affirming Saudi allegations without proof.

#3 Comment By Stephen J. On November 27, 2017 @ 1:35 pm

Daniel Larson is a man of integrity for continuing to expose the horror of Yemen and the hypocrisy of governments.
I believe hypocrisy is the forte of western governments that are selling arms to the Saudis. Here in Canada, The Minister of Foreign Affairs” is “deeply concerned” about Yemen. Yet Canada sells arms to the Saudis. Should one call the western governments that supply the arms, that are facilitating war crimes in Yemen and other countries “accessories after the fact”?
“Canada is deeply concerned by the ongoing conflict in Yemen and its humanitarian impact on civilians, particularly women and children, who continue to bear the brunt of the fighting….”

#4 Comment By b. On November 27, 2017 @ 6:00 pm

“Western supporters have been paying the country the most destructive kind of attention.”

Profitable – let us not forget how profitable this not-so-“creative” destruction is for us pillars of Western civilization. I am frankly astonished that the NATO sock puppet has not yet offered to assist the US in assisting Saudi Arabia.

#5 Comment By Gordan T. On November 28, 2017 @ 11:07 am

Russia and China are also complicit, so there’s very little outrage about this outside of the West, as well.

#6 Comment By Christian Chuba On November 28, 2017 @ 7:02 pm

Russia and China are not assisting the Saudis militarily, so I would not draw a moral equivalence. The worst you can say is that they are not pressuring the Saudis to stop via condemnations or attempts at sanctions at the UN. I wish they would.

The Russians still have a diplomatic presence in the capital of Sanaa and have provided humanitarian aid. I’d love it if they would either use their neutral status to arbitrate an end to this conflict or pull a Nikki Haley.