Note by Fazal Rahman, Ph.D. 4.24.18
Some of the most horrible atrocities are being committed in the poorest country in the Middle East, Yemen, by the richest countries in that region, led by Saudi Arabia, with the support of and weapons, supplied mostly by the US and UK. Millions of Yemenis have been displaced; their infrastructures, houses, and means of living destroyed, and are facing widespread malnutrition and famine. It is one of the worst current multi-state terrorisms. It is happening in front of the whole world, which is doing nothing to stop it. Only Iran and some of its allies are opposing this assault by the Saudi led coalition, which is intoxicated with its wealth and American and Western weapons of destruction and delivery systems. However, being bogged down in Syria, where imperialists have created another Hell on Earth, they are unable to do anything effective against it. Yemen is a Muslim country and the colonialist and neo-colonialist atrocities against it are being committed by Saudi led Muslim coalition. These are even worse and more brutal than those committed by Israel in Gaza. Most Muslim countries are either silent or are actively collaborating with the Saudis, prostituted by the Saudi money. It is one more example of corruption of Islam by modern capitalism and imperialism. Christianity has been corrupted long time ago. In the Islamic World, there are contradictory processes and movements at work. While most Islamic states and governments are being corrupted and prostituted, there is diversity of reactions among the non-state organizations, with many resisting these powerfully, e.g., Taliban and their allies in Afghanistan and Pakistan, while others collaborating with these, e.g., religious establishments in Saudi Arabia, other Gulf monarchies, and many other Muslim countries.
And let us not forget who is reaping huge profits from this genocidal war, as in others that are constantly being waged by American imperialism and its allies. It is their military-industrial corporations, first and foremost those of the US. Indeed, this is one of the major causes of such wars. No matter which side wins or loses, what atrocities are committed, the weapons manufacturers, the merchants of death, always win their profits.
President of the US of A: Salesman for the Merchants of Death
President Trump is now pushing for even greater military sales to other countries, even though US has always been the biggest arms exporter. He is even acting as the salesman for the armament industry. Trump has pressed foreign governments to buy more U.S.-made weapons in nearly every call he has had with a head of state of major allies, a State Department official said earlier this week. In a telephone call with the emir of Kuwait in January, U.S. President Donald Trump pressed the Gulf monarch to move forward on a $10 billion fighter jet deal that had been stalled for more than a year. Trump was acting on behalf of Boeing Co (BA.N), America’s second-largest defense contractor, which had become frustrated that a long-delayed sale critical to its military aircraft division was going nowhere, several people familiar with the matter said.
The following article in the Pakistani newspaper “Dawn” documents a recent atrocity, one of the thousands of such atrocities, committed in Yemen, by the Saudi-led coalition.
AP April 23, 2018
An airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition hit a wedding party in northern Yemen, killing at least 20 people, health officials said on Monday, as harrowing images emerged on social media of the deadly bombing, the third to hit Yemeni civilians since the weekend.
Khaled al-Nadhri, the top health official in the northern province of Hajja, told The Associated Press that most of the dead were women and children who were gathered in one of the tents set up for the wedding party in the district of Bani Qayis. He says the bride was also among the dead.
Hospital chief Mohammed al-Sawmali said the groom and 45 of the wounded were brought to the local al-Jomhouri hospital. Health authorities appealed on people to donate blood.
Ali Nasser al-Azib, deputy head of the hospital, said 30 children were among the wounded, some in critical condition with shrapnel wounds and severed limbs.
Footage that emerged from the scene of the airstrike shows scattered body parts and a young boy in a green shirt hugging a man’s lifeless body, screaming and crying.
Health ministry spokesman Abdel-Hakim al-Kahlan said ambulances were initially unable to reach the site of the bombing for fear of subsequent airstrikes as the jets continued to fly overhead after the initial strike.
This was the third deadly airstrike in Yemen since the weekend. Another airstrike on Sunday night hit a house elsewhere in Hajja, killing an entire family of five, according to al-Nadhri.
On Saturday, at least 20 civilians were killed in an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition after fighter jets bombed a bus carrying commuters near the war-torn district of Mowza in western Yemen, near the city of Taiz which has been locked in fighting for three years.
The Saudi-led coalition declined to comment on the strikes when reached by the AP. The coalition has been waging a war on Yemen’s Shiite rebels known as Houthis, who control much of the north, and the capital, Sanaa, to restore the internationally recognized government to power.
According to the independent monitor Yemen Data Project, a third of the 16,847 airstrikes since the war started have hit non-military targets.
Over the past three years, more than 10,000 civilians have been killed and tens of thousands wounded while over 3 million people have been displaced because of the fighting.
UN officials and rights groups accused the coalition of committing war crimes and of being responsible for most of the killings. Airstrikes have hit weddings, busy markets, hospitals, and schools.
The Saudi-led coalition blames the Houthis, saying they are using civilians as human shields and hiding among the civilian population. The United States and European countries have also been criticized and accused of complicity in the coalition’s attacks in Yemen because of their support for the alliance and for supplying it with weapons worth billions of dollars.
Saudi Arabia, meanwhile, has faced a flurry of attacks by the Houthis, with the kingdom’s defense forces saying they have intercepted missiles targeting the capital, Riyadh, and other cities.