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The War on Yemen and Our Despicable Clients

Colum Lynch has more details [1] on how the Saudis pressured [2] the U.N. into removing its Yemen war coalition from the blacklist of violators of children’s rights:

Saudi Arabia threatened this week to break relations with the United Nations and cut hundreds of millions of dollars in assistance to its humanitarian relief and counterterrorism programs to strong-arm the U.N. into removing Riyadh and its allies from a blacklist of groups that are accused of harming children in armed conflict.

The threat — which has not been previously reported — worked, and the U.N. subsequently dropped the Saudis from a rogues’ gallery of the world’s worst violators of children’s rights in conflict zones.

To appreciate just how despicable the Saudi maneuver is, remember that their government and its allies are responsible for a large part of the humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen. Yemen is classified among the worst humanitarian crises in the world, and it is suffering from near-famine conditions largely because of the Saudi-led coalition’s blockade. The Saudis then have the gall to threaten to withhold funding for U.N. humanitarian aid in an attempt to cover up the crimes that the coalition has committed in that country. This should drive home just how far the Saudis and their allies are prepared to go to pursue their reckless war on Yemen, and it should be a reminder to us of how horrible the despotic governments whose war the U.S. is supporting really are.

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#1 Comment By The Influentials On June 7, 2016 @ 8:40 pm

This should drive home just how far the Saudis and their allies are prepared to go to pursue their reckless war on Yemen, and it should be a reminder to us of how horrible the despotic governments whose war the U.S. is supporting really are.

And on the home front Andrew Cuomo and Chuck Schumer want to pass state and Federal laws respectively forbidding government contracts to companies that on grounds of conscience refuse to do business with Israel.

These creepy client states are really arrogant and aggressive: they’re shutting down UN humanitarian operations and threatening freedom of speech and conscience right here in the U. S. of A.

#2 Comment By Darth Thulhu On June 8, 2016 @ 1:33 am

I’ve repeatedly said that Saudi Arabia is only the 2nd Worst Nation on the planet, giving 1st place to the hell state of North Korea.

But man, with bovine excrement like this, the Saudis are really trying, with no hesitation, to go hard at the top slot.