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It’s the war from hell, the savage one that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, along with seven other Middle Eastern and North African states, have been waging in Yemen since March 2015, with fulsome support from the Pentagon and American weapons galore. It’s got everything. Dead children in the dozens, a never-ending air campaign that pays scant heed to civilians, famine, cholera, you name it. No wonder it’s facing mounting criticism in Congress and from human rights groups. Still, ever since President Donald Trump (like Barack Obama before him) embraced the Saudi-led coalition as this country’s righteous knight errant in the Middle East, the fight against impoverished Yemen’s Houthi rebels — who have, in turn, been typecast as Iran’s cats-paw — has only grown fiercer. Meanwhile, the al-Qaeda affiliate there continues to expand.

For years now, a relentless Saudi air campaign (quite literally fueled by the U.S. military) has hit endless civilian targets, using American smart bombs and missiles, without a peep of protest or complaint from Washington. Only a highly publicized, completely over-the-top slaughter recently forced the Pentagon to finally do a little mild finger wagging. On August 7th, an airstrike hit a school bus — with a laser-guided bomb made by Lockheed Martin — in northern Yemen, killing 51 people, 40 of them schoolchildren. Seventy-nine others were wounded, including 56 children. Soon after, a U.N. Security Council-appointed group of experts issued a report detailing numerous other egregious attacks on Yemeni civilians, including people attending weddings and funerals. Perhaps the worst among them killed 137 people and wounded 695 others at a funeral in Sana’a, Yemen’s capital, this April.

The attack on those schoolchildren and the U.N. report amplified a growing global outcry against the carnage in Yemen. In response, on August 28th, Secretary of Defense James Mattis let it be known that the Trump administration’s support for the Persian Gulf potentates’ military campaign should not be considered unreserved, that the Saudis and their allies must do “everything humanly possible to avoid any innocent loss of life.” Considering that they haven’t come close to meeting such a standard since the war started nearly five years ago and that the Trump administration clearly has no intention of reducing its support for the Saudis or their war, Mattis’s new yardstick amounted to a cruel joke — at the expense of Yemeni civilians.

The Statistics of Suffering

Some appalling numbers document the anguish Yemenis have endured. Saudi and Emirati warplanes officially have killed — and it’s considered a conservative estimate — 6,475 civilians and wounded more than 10,000 others since 2015. Targets struck have included farms, homes, marketplaces, hospitals, schools, and mosques, as well as ancient historic sites in Sana’a. And such incidents haven’t been one-off attacks. They have happened repeatedly.

By April 2018, the Saudi-led coalition had conducted 17,243 airstrikes across Yemen, hitting 386 farms, 212 schools, 183 markets, and 44 mosques. Such statistics make laughable the repeated claims of the Saudis and their allies that such “incidents” should be chalked up to understandable errors and that they take every reasonable precaution to protect innocents. Statistics compiled by the independent Yemen Data Project make it clear that the Gulf monarchs don’t lie awake at night lamenting the deaths of Yemeni civilians.

Saudi Arabia and its partners have accused the Houthis, the rebels with whom they have been in such a deadly struggle, of also attacking Yemeni civilians, a charge Human Rights Watch has validated. Yet such a they-do-it-too defense hardly excuses the relentless bombing of non-military sites by a coalition that has overwhelming superiority in firepower. Houthi crimes pale by comparison.

And when it comes to the destruction of civilian lives and livelihoods, believe it or not, that may be the least of it. Take the naval blockade of the country by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates that cut the number of ships docking in the Houthi-controlled port of Hodeida from 129 between January and August 2014 to 21 in the same months of 2017. The result: far less food and medicine entered the country, creating a disaster for Yemenis.

That country, the Arab world’s poorest, has long relied on imports for a staggering 85% of its food, fuel, and medicine, so when prices soared, famine spread, while hunger and malnutrition skyrocketed. Nearly 18 million Yemenis now rely on emergency food aid to survive: that’s an unbelievable 80% of the population. According to the World Bank, “8.4 million more are on the brink of famine.” In December 2017, following a barrage of bad publicity, the Saudi-Emirati blockade was eased marginally, but it had already set in motion a spiral of death.

The blockade also contributed to a cholera epidemic, which the shortage of medicines only exacerbated. According to a World Health Organization report, between April 2017 and July 2018, there were more than 1.1 million cholera cases there. At least 2,310 people died from the disease, most of them children. It is believed to be the worst cholera outbreak since statistics began to be compiled in 1949. At 800,000 cases between 2010 and 2017, Haiti held the previous record, one that the Yemenis surpassed within half a year of the first cases appearing. The prime contributors to the epidemic: drinking water contaminated by rotting garbage (uncollected because of the war), devastated sewage systems, and water filtration plants that stopped running due to lack of fuel — all the result of the horrendous bombing campaign.

Wartime economic blockades starve and sicken civilians and soldiers alike and so amount to a war crime. The Saudi-Emirati claim that the blockade’s sole purpose is to stanch the flow of Iranian arms to the Houthis is nonsense, nor can it be considered a legitimate act of self-defense, even though it was instituted after the Houthis fired ballistic missiles at the airport in the Saudi capital and the residence of that country’s monarch. (Both were shot down by Saudi air defenses and were clear responses to coalition airstrikes on Houthi-held territory that killed 136 civilians.) By the standards of international humanitarian law or simply common sense, choking off Yemen’s imports was a disproportionate response, and clairvoyance wasn’t required to foresee the calamitous consequences to follow.

True to form, President Trump’s U.N. ambassador, Nikki Haley, echoed Saudi charges that the Houthi missiles were Iranian-supplied Qiam-1s and condemned that country’s interference in Yemen. Given the scale of destruction by a foreign coalition using armaments and technical assistance provided by the United States (and Britain), her comments, in less grim circumstances, would have been laughable.

Those American-supplied weapons have included cluster munitions, which pose a particular hazard to civilians because, when dropped from a plane, their devastating bomblets often disperse over enormous areas. (Such bombs are banned under a 2008 treaty signed by 120 countries that neither Riyadh nor Washington has joined.) In May 2016, the Obama White House confirmed that it had stopped sending such weapons to Saudi Arabia, which then continued to use Brazilian-made variants. However, other American arms have continued to flow to Saudi Arabia, while its warplanes rely on U.S. Air Force tankers for mid-air refueling (88 million pounds of fuel as of this January according to a Central Command spokeswoman), while the Saudi military has received regular intelligence information and targeting advice from the Pentagon since the war began. And with the advent of Donald Trump, such military involvement has only deepened: U.S. Special Operations forces are now on the Saudi-Yemen border, helping to find and attack Houthi redoubts.

In June 2018, ignoring U.S. opposition, the Saudi coalition heightened the risk to Yemeni civilians yet more by launching an offensive (“Golden Victory”) to capture the port of Hodeida. (So much for the Pentagon’s standard claim that supporting the war gives the U.S. influence over how it is waged and so limits civilian casualties.) Saudi and Emirati airpower and warships supported Emirati and Sudanese troops on the ground joined by allied Yemeni militias. The advance, however, quickly stalled in the face of Houthi resistance, though only after at least 50,000 families had fled Hodeida and basic services for the remaining 350,000 were disrupted, creating fears of a new outbreak of cholera.

The Roots of War

Yemen’s progression to its present state of perdition began as the Arab Spring’s gales swept through the Middle East in 2011, uprooting or shaking regimes from Tunisia to Syria. Street demonstrations grew against Yemen’s strongman, Ali Abdullah Saleh, and only gathered strength as he attempted to quell them. In response, he allied ever more strongly with Saudi Arabia and the United States, alienating the Houthis, whose main bastion, the governate of Saada, abuts the Saudi border. Adherents of Zaydi Islam, the Houthis played a pivotal role in creating a political movement, Ansar Allah, in 1992 to assert the interests of their community against the country’s Sunni majority. In an effort to undercut them, the Saudis have long promoted radical Sunni religious leaders in Yemen’s north, while intermittently raiding Houthi territories.

As a Houthi rebellion began, Saleh tried to make himself an even more indispensable ally of Washington in its post-9/11 anti-terrorist campaigns, notably against al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), a growing local franchise of al-Qaeda. For good measure, he joined the Saudis in painting the Houthis little more than tools of an Iran that Washington and Riyadh both loathed. When those powers nonetheless came to see the Yemeni autocrat as a political liability, they helped oust him and transfer power to his deputy, Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi. Such moves failed to calm the waters, as the country started to disintegrate and Saudi-U.S. efforts to consolidate the transition from Saleh to Hadi unraveled.

Meanwhile, regular American drone strikes against AQAP angered many Yemenis. In their eyes, not only did the attacks violate Yemen’s sovereignty, they intermittently killed civilians. Hadi’s praise for the drone campaign only discredited him further. AQAP’s power continued to grow, resentment in southern Yemen rose, and criminal gangs and warlords began to operate with impunity in its cities, highlighting the Hadi government’s ineffectuality. Neoliberal economic reforms only further enriched a clutch of families that had long controlled much of Yemen’s wealth, while the economic plight of most Yemenis worsened radically. The unemployment rate was nearly 14% in 2017 (and exceeded 25% for young people), while the poverty rate rose precipitously, as did inflation.

It was a formula for disaster and when Hadi proposed a plan to create a federal system for Yemen, the Houthis were infuriated. New boundaries would, among other things, have cut their homeland off from the Red Sea coast. So they gave up on his government and girded for battle. Soon, their forces were advancing southward. In September 2014, they captured the capital, Sana’a, and proclaimed a new national government. The following March, they occupied Aden in southern Yemen and Hadi, whose government had moved there, promptly fled across the border to Riyadh. The first Saudi airstrikes against Sana’a were launched in March 2015 and Yemen’s descent to hell began.

The American Role

The commonplace rendition of the war in Yemen pits a U.S.-backed Saudi coalition against the Houthis, cast as agents of Iran and evidence of its increasing influence in the Middle East. Combatting terrorism and countering Iran became the basis for Washington’s support of the Saudi-led war. Predictably, as this cartoonish portrayal of a complicated civil war gained ground in the mainstream American media and among Beltway pundits (as well, of course, as in the Pentagon and White House), inconvenient facts were shunted aside.

Still, all these years and all those dead later, it’s worth considering some of those facts. There are, for instance, significant differences between the Houthis’ Zaydi variant of Shia Islam and the Twelver Shiism dominant in Iran — and some similarities between Zaydis and Sunnis — which makes the ubiquitous claims about a Iran-Houthi faith-based pact shaky. Moreover, Iran did not jump into the fray during the violent 2004-2010 clashes between Saleh and the Houthis and did not have longstanding ties to them either. In addition, contrary to the prevailing view in Washington, Iran is unlikely to be their main source of weaponry and support. Sheer distance and the Saudi coalition’s naval blockade have made it next to impossible for Iran to supply arms to the Houthis in the volume alleged. Besides, having pillaged various military bases during their march toward Aden, the Houthis do not lack for weaponry. Iran’s influence in Yemen has undoubtedly increased since 2015, but reducing the intricacies of that country’s internal crisis to Iranian meddling and a Tehran-led Shiite bloc expanding from Syria to the Arabian Peninsula amounts to, at best, a massive oversimplification.

The obsession of Trump and his key advisers with Iran (a remarkable number of them are Iranophobes) and The Donald’s obsession with plugging American arms makers and hawking their wares helps explain their embrace of the House of Saud and continuing support for its never-ending assault on Yemen. (Jared Kushner’s bromance with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman undoubtedly played a part as well.) None of that, however, explains the full-scale American backing for the Saudi-led intervention there in the Obama years. Even as his administration denounced Bashar al-Assad’s slaughter of Syrian civilians, his officials seemed unmoved by the suffering war was inflicting on Yemenis. In fact, the Obama administration offered $115 billion worth of weaponry to Riyadh, including a $1.15 billion package finalized in August 2016, when the scale of Yemen’s catastrophe was already all too obvious.

In recent years, opposition to the war in Congress has been on the rise, with Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Ro Khanna playing prominent roles in mobilizing it. But such congressional critics had no effect on Obama’s war policy and are unlikely to sway Trump’s. They face formidable barriers. The mainstream narrative on the war remains powerful, while the Gulf monarchies continue to buy vast quantities of American weaponry. And don’t forget the impressive, money-is-no-object Saudi-Emirati lobbying operation in Washington.

That, then, is the context for the Pentagon’s gentle warning about the limits of U.S. support for the bombing campaign in Yemen and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s subsequent certification, as required by Congress, that the Saudis and Emiratis were taking perfectly credible action to lower civilian casualties — without which the U.S. military could not continue refueling their planes. (Mattis “endorsed and fully supported” Pompeo’s statement.) As the fifth anniversary of this appalling war approaches, American-made arms and logistical aid remain essential to it. Consider President Trump’s much-ballyhooed arms sales to the Saudis, even if they don’t total $100 billion (as he claimed): Why then would the Saudi and Emirati monarchs worry that the White House might actually do something like cutting off those lucrative sales or terminating the back-end support for their bombing campaign?

One thing is obvious: U.S. policy in Yemen won’t achieve its declared goals of defeating terrorism and rolling back Iran. After all, its drone strikes began there in 2002 under George W. Bush. Under Obama, as in Pakistan and in Afghanistan, drones became Washington’s anti-terrorist weapon of choice. There were 154 drone strikes in Yemen during the Obama years according to the most reliable high-end estimates, and civilian casualties ranged between 83 and 101. Under Trump they soared quickly, from 21 in 2016 to 131 in 2017.

The reliance on drone attacks has bolstered al-Qaeda’s narrative that the American war on terror amounts to a war on Muslims, whose lives are deemed expendable. And so many years later, in the chaos of Yemen, the group’s power and reach is only growing. The U.S.-backed, Saudi-led intervention is also likely to prove not just self-defeating but self-prophetic. It seems to be cementing an alliance between Iran and the Houthis who, though they have been pushed out of Aden, still control a big chunk of Yemen. Meanwhile, in a move that could make the war even deadlier, the Emiratis appear to be striking out on their own, supporting secession in southern Yemen. There’s not much to show on the anti-terrorism front either. Indeed, the Saudi coalition’s airstrikes and U.S. drone attacks may be moving Yemenis, enraged by the destruction of their homes and livelihoods and the deaths of loved ones, toward AQAP. In short, a war on terror has turned into a war of and for terror.

In Yemen, the United States backs a grim military intervention for which — unless you are a weapons company — it is hard to find any justification, practical or moral. Unfortunately, it is even harder to imagine President Trump or the Pentagon reaching such a conclusion and changing course.

Rajan Menon, a TomDispatch regular, is the Anne and Bernard Spitzer Professor of International Relations at the Powell School, City College of New York, and Senior Research Fellow at Columbia University’s Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies. He is the author, most recently, of The Conceit of Humanitarian Intervention.

(Republished from TomDispatch by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. Let’s hope the Iranians give the Houthis a missile that can take out Riyadh. They’d be doing the entire world a favor!

    • Replies: @Z-man
    , @AnonFromTN
  2. Giuseppe says:

    The American public is turning it’s back on the Greater Middle East like a sitcom that ran too many episodes. I doubt they support the war in Yemen, they just don’t care anymore. Congress supports the war, so maybe AIPAC does too; Saudis fighting Houthis seems like it furthers the Zionist agenda. The antiwar movement has been gutted since Obama, there are no bumper stickers or signs or candle light vigils. Yemen hasn’t thrown down the memory hole, it was never remembered enough for that. It has simply been ignored.

    • Replies: @anon
    , @pensword
    , @ploni almoni
  3. athEIst says:

    Leaving aside the war, the bombing, the religious and political strife. Leaving these aside, if the country imports 85% of its food and fuel and did this before the war too, and produces NOTHING how can this not be an ongoing disaster.

    • Replies: @Jeffery Cohen
  4. In 1950 Syria had 3 million residents. In 2010 it had 21 million residents.

    In 1950 Yemen had 4 million residents. In 2018 it has got 28 million residents.

    The other Arab countries “just” quintupled their population, but the Yemenis, Syrian and Palestines grew even faster.

    Young Angry Men (TM) have throughout history destroyed everything if there are too many of them.
    —————–

    Before the civil war around noon half of Yemen’s adult men began chewing khat ’til the evening. So did around a third of the adult women. Basic food were imported, while the water-intensive khat was grown due higher profits.

    Yemen – a nation of junkies with swollen cheeks.

    from 2009:

    https://content.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1917685,00.html

    from 2018:

    https://www.economist.com/middle-east-and-africa/2018/01/04/the-drug-that-is-starving-yemen

    —————–

    Yemen is a diverse country of clans/tribes. Yemen is just one of the living examples that diversity is not a strenght.

    Western Unz.com-readers overwhelmingly oppose mass migration, because preserving cohesion is needed for upcoming challenges of the 21st centuries.

  5. @Another German Reader

    KHAT experience

    I tried Khat once and it is organic bathtub speed-crank essentially.

    It won’t keep you up for days and days but it is still speedy and leaves people paranoid and irrational.

  6. Yemen has been a basket case since the Brits left Aden and Oman drew the border at Dhofar.

    One half went Communist and collapsed with the Soviet Union.

    There has not be a time in the last half of a century that Yemen was not a basket case.

    • Replies: @Jeffery Cohen
    , @Art
  7. renfro says:

    IMO, Yemen is about the House of Saud’s fear of al-Qaeda.
    Back when I was studying the situation after 911 I read a great deal about al-Qaeda in the ME papers….we here were mostly unaware of the fact that al-Qaeda’s original goal was to bring down the Royals and assume rule of Saudi because their belief was it was too liberal and tainted by western culture.
    So, knowing that it sounds strange that Saudi was accused of financing OBL.
    But it doesn’t have to be that odd because among the hundreds of royals in Saudi some likely agreed and still do that Islam was being defiled by other royals in leadership too liberal and too westernized.
    There have been long time numerous attacks inside Saudi aimed at some royals and assumed to be by al-Qaeda terrorist.

    Frankly al-Qaeda can have Saudi for all I care , some of the westernized royals are the same kind of head choppers al-Qaeda is.
    Naturally our own US head choppers don’t want the Sauds to be de-throned.

    The King recently clipped crown prince bin Laden wings however and called off his scheme for a IPO on Saudi oil—so maybe he will rein him in on Yemen since that was the little prince’s brain fart too.
    I am sure Jared and his bosom buddy the little prince were on the phone complaining to each other about their daddy and daddy in law not letting them run things. At least the prince probably was, Trump looks like he is letting Jared run things.

    • Replies: @renfro
  8. renfro says:
    @renfro

    I want to add a prediction for Saudi which is ….Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salam will be assassinated eventually.

  9. Craken says:

    This is a long biased article with no proposals to improve the situation other than American disengagement. As with almost every Muslim conflict, there is no good guy, only bad guys. The simple solution is to give the Houthis their own nation within reasonable boundaries, which they are conveniently within right now. Once that is done, peace follows in Yemen and hopefully plenty of birth control comes with it.

  10. Dorian says:

    But What Are The Real Drivers For This Yemeni War?

    Yemen is not what it appears, least of all, it is not what Mr. Menon as he says:

    Yemen’s progression to its present state of perdition began as the Arab Spring’s gales swept through the Middle East in 2011, uprooting or shaking regimes from Tunisia to Syria.

    Quite the contrary. But more on that in a moment, first of all a little background. Prof. Menon, you might read what follows, you conveniently left out some very salient facts.

    Yemen as shown here with its more or less (its quite in flux recently) religious divide, between the Shia Houthis and Sunni government forces, is not what it appears:

    Shia-Sunni Divide In Yemen

    It is true that the Yemeni government is backed by not only the House of Saud, but by the Sunni league, including, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain . As described in this much better written article (although, at least on my browser, the html is a bit shonky), see What you think you know about Yemen’s war is wrong. There are some important points to understand.

    The actual fighting, at least the present fighting, was initiated by the Sunni’s. But what precipitated this fighting? Well maybe this has something to do with it:

    The Reason For All The Fighting

    as you can see, the fundamental reason by this aggression is all about oil, again! This is why the Saudi’s are blockading the Red Sea ports, and not the Indian ocean ports, for they are under control by the Saudi backed forces, and blocking the Houthi ability to ship oil, as the oil pipeline is under Houthi control. Now something else that Menon neglects to talk about is Al-Qaeda. Mentioned only in passing, but what is really telling is their location:

    Why is Al-Qaeda Near All The Oil?

    Interesting, isn’t it! Right where all the oil is, and entirely in the Saudi backed zone. So why isn’t Al-Qaeda attacking the government or Saudi forces? And likewise, vice-versa? Or is this just another case of Saudi’s secret army looking after the oil and ports for the Saudi!

    But is it this simple? As Menon, would like to us to believe in a vexing way. Ah, but the sands of the desert never appear to be what they are, for many a poor man has fell fouled to those desert mirages.

    For you see curious reader the story lies deeper than a academics ability to scratch into the truth. For Yemen’s story is quite complicated and old. How old? Well you see the Houthis were in control of Yemen, and had things their own way for nearly 1,000 years! Largely controlled by Zaydi imams until 1962, and then of course thanks to those venerable British (who else!), Yemen went its own way, packed to the brim with British ready-to-made structural chaos. See here for an overview Key facts of Yemen War. 1,000 years of Shia control of Sunni is enough for any Sunni to say enough is enough. No? But its not that simple.

    Enter the Red, White and Blue. America! Now this is where it gets truly interesting. You see the US has been for years stating that they have no interest in Yemen. Huh! No interest in Yemen? Not even their oil? Bwahahahahaha! Yes that’s only nonsense, for the US is not only interested but has been HUGELY interested in Yemen. Sending the elite forces, JSOC, to assassinate, no not al-Qadea, no not even ISIS (as Menon so alludes to) operates, but anyone that the Saudi’s wanted. That’s right, that’s why Al-Qaeda to this day is still there, for it has protection by non other, JSOC! Irony? Hypocrisy? Or, is just plain skulduggery? Ah but it gets better!

    The truth is, that the USA has been fighting in Yemen for many years, see America in Yemen longer than you think.

    So, as Menon, once again, lightly puts it, actually so lightly that it would blow off the table if he had wrote it in ink, the Houthi’s appear to be some how getting weapons from some mysterious source. Of course the Saudis blame Iran. But there is a very big problem with all this. As you have read in many places the Houthi’s missile Riyadh from time to time. And of course, with the incredible Patriot Missile System for protection, they, the Saudis, shoot down each and every missile attack. Now ask your self this obvious question, Prof. Menon pay attention this is where your expertise is supposed to come into play:

    If the Houthis have missiles why aren’t they using them against the Sunni government in Aden? Doh!

    That’s because they ain’t (excuse the English, after all this is only a comment!), the Houthis are not sending missiles to Riyadh! Boom boom! So who is, well read it for yourself Guess who is missiling Riyadh? The missiles are not Iranian Yep its a false flag operation by the Saudis themselves. That’s why the Patriot System is shooting down 100% of the missiles, and why it appears the Patriot System is on 100% of time (when it actually isn’t). And more strangely why those missiles always seem to be no where near Riyadh, if they ever existed at all.

    So lets summarize, is the war in Yemen about Shia against Sunni? No! These groups have been living together, pretty much 50% Shia to 50% Sunni, for over a 1,000 years. For much of that time, the Shia were in control, and thanks to the British leaving a “bloody mess” behind, the political dynamic went to hell in hand-basket, so to speak, and oil, read money and wealth, triggered it. Then as the oil started pumping, enter the USA. They have been meddling ever since in Yemen for years. Failing miserably, the US pushed/encouraged/begged/pleaded/enticed/fooled/suckered the Saudis to go into Yemen, when this fight between the Houthis and Sunnis got serious with the Sunnis trying to encroach upon Houthi territory to control the oil pipeline that goes to the Red Sea. Bang! It all goes hot! And thanks to some well placed false flag operations, the Saudis invade (excuse me, I got that wrong, they bought invaders to invade Yemeni Houthi territory) Yemen, bombing their merry way to chaos. But as the years went on, and with MLS in charge (the psychotic lunatic of the Arab world) brought in his secret weapons of Al-Qaeda, and ISIS. However they weren’t doing so well, so MLS asked for some more help from the Americans, and JSOC came to Yemen to assassinate, murder, liquidate or just get rid off anyone and their family (including children) that were getting in the way of American and Saudi control of the oil.

    That’s right, folks. Its about oil, again! Saudi Arabia is running out of oil reserves in their territory, and so this is just MLS thinking smart (sarcastically I write that), and deciding to take over Yemen and their oil. Why else are the Saudi’s invading? Let me correct that again. Why else are the Saudis staying home, and taking advantage of poor, ignorant soldiers and even non-soldiers to lay down their lives so that those said Saudis can stay in their luxury homes, and sit on their golden toilets, in the cool comfort of their air conditioned homes, while those poor and desperate are dying?

    So if its all about oil, should we get involved about local squabbles about dividing up the booty? It is clear that whether you look at the Shia or the Sunni side of this fighting, neither side can be held to any high regard. Yes children are being killed, hospitals are being bombed, and innocent people are suffering. But the same is going in Syria, Iraq, Somalia, Afghanistan and many other places in the world, and places where they are fighting/warring for nothing other than political power. The Yemen War is about oil. The Saudis want it, the Americans want it, the British want it, as do the Shia and Sunni in Yemen. False flags, phantom missiles, lies, deceit, treachery and propaganda are all in play, and so the innocent suffer. But the real question is this…

    Do you ordinary reader want, you, or your country involved in this snake pit of a fight for just to see who can own the oil? Is that how desperate the world has become? Kill babies so you can drive your car?

  11. Planet belongs to ALL the people,
    Uber Alles or chosen ones is Bull….!
    Humanity will not be defeated.

  12. Greg Bacon says: • Website

    By April 2018, the Saudi-led coalition had conducted 17,243 airstrikes across Yemen, hitting 386 farms, 212 schools, 183 markets, and 44 mosques.

    Killing many women and wounding scores of others.

    So where’s all those American women who were so terribly upset at Blasey Ford’s lies about now Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh that they raised all sorts of hell about non-existent rape party’s?
    Don’t they care for their Yemeni sisters or maybe they’re just phony’s? Or maybe they’re racist, not caring for dark-skinned women that don’t dress or look or act like they do?

    I asked these questions on Twitter to some of those #No Kavanaugh accounts and not one replied.

    So much for American women radicals actually caring when Yemeni women are getting blown to bits by American Hellfire missiles or torn apart by Lockheed bombs or starving to death because of US war crimes.

  13. anon[317] • Disclaimer says:
    @Giuseppe

    U.S. policy in Yemen won’t achieve its declared goals of defeating terrorism and rolling back Iran.

    I know of no USA policy to defeat terrorism? Could you please explain that again and again and again?

    Seems to me, a ghost was born, it parents named him Terror, and to entertain him they trained many amoral humans to be terrorist so their child would have someone to play with.

    @Giseppe, just don’t care any more is a well known result of crying wolf to get attention.
    Once again it is about oil, privatization, and ownership of those who control the government, Yemen is just one such place.

  14. @athEIst

    Leaving aside the war, the bombing, the religious and political strife. Leaving these aside, if the country imports 85% of its food and fuel and did this before the war too, and produces NOTHING how can this not be an ongoing disaster.

    Northern Yemen and Rub al-Khali is full of OIL, which gets stolen by Saudi Arabia. This is not the first time, Saudi Arabia is fighting a war against Yemen, they have done it many times with the help of Egypt and Israel. Mammon and theft of OIL is the ultimate motive.

  15. TG says:

    As another post mentioned, if a nation is dependent on imports for 85% of its food, and produces nothing, how can this lead to a good result – bombs or no bombs?

    Why is there no outcry about the suffering in places like Bangladesh? No bombs are being dropped there – but about half the children are so chronically malnourished that they grow up literally stunted, and the rest are not having a great time either. Your average Bangladeshi lives as life that is as miserable as possible while still being (barely) compatible with bare survival. Life in a Nazi slave labor camp was not worse.

    Because Malthus was right. When people try to have more children than they can support, this produces not wealth but crushing misery – and the chaos and warfare is a symptom of this misery, not a cause.

    And the true villains are those Western economists and journalists who demand that more people are always better, no matter what.

  16. @Another German Reader

    Yemen – a nation of junkies with swollen cheeks.

    Hasbara Troll.

  17. pensword says:
    @Giuseppe

    Congress supports the war, so maybe because AIPAC does too

    Fixed.

  18. Miggle says:

    Back before the collapse of civilization, before the killers took over the world and replaced civilization with killerization, Arabia Felix was … a happy land.

    Now, the achievement of the Ultramurderous States of America. Quoting the current Wikipedia article on Yemen:

    The government and its security forces, often considered to suffer from rampant corruption,[280] have been responsible for torture, inhumane treatment, and extrajudicial executions. There are arbitrary arrests of citizens, especially in the south, as well as arbitrary searches of homes. Prolonged pretrial detention is a serious problem, and judicial corruption, inefficiency, and executive interference undermine due process. Freedom of speech, the press, and religion are all restricted.[281] Journalists critical of the government are often harassed and threatened by the police.[219] Homosexuality is illegal, punishable by death.[282]

    So, there needed to be a revolution. And again from Wikipedia:

    Since the start of the Shia insurgency, many people accused of supporting Al-Houthi have been arrested and held without charge or trial. According to the U.S. State Department International Religious Freedom Report 2007, “Some Zaydis reported harassment and discrimination by the Government because they were suspected of sympathizing with the al-Houthis. However, it appears the Government’s actions against the group were probably politically, not religiously, motivated.”[283]

    And:

    Parliamentary elections were held in April 2003, and the General People’s Congress maintained an absolute majority. Saleh remained almost uncontested in his seat of power until 2011, when local frustration at his refusal to hold another round of elections, as combined with the impact of the 2011 Arab Spring, resulted in mass protests.[250] In 2012, he was forced to resign from power, though he remained an important actor in Yemeni politics, allying with the Houthis during their takeover in the mid-2010s.[272

    So, there needed to be a revolution, there was one, and there was a Houthi takeover.

    On my reading, the Houthis are therefore the new government of Yemen. Only the Houthi government is legitimate, not the corrupt one first described.

    But the Ultramurderous States of America are using their wealth and power in the usual ultramurderous way to destroy Yemen. It was never their business. But Semites, like Japanese, are an inferior race, so if there’s money in it, nuke them.

    • Replies: @Jeffery Cohen
  19. @Jeff Stryker

    One half went Communist and collapsed with the Soviet Union. There has not be a time in the last half of a century that Yemen was not a basket case.

    Again you are talking about my GCC and Yemen, without knowing Shit from Shinola. South Yemen was communist and very rich and holding the title of Rub al-Khali. North Yemen OIL was being siphoned off by Saudi Arabia with the help of Ali Saleh of North Yemen, and still being siphoned off. It was EVIL Bubba, who forced the two Yemens to Unify, under his 2020 Vision and Ali Saleh to remain the President of combined Yemen. Thus taking away the title of Rub al-Khali from South Yemen and giving it to Ali Saleh, which in reality is given to Saudi Arabia.

    Oh, I forgot that you worked 7 years in Dubai, and now you are expert on Islam, GCC+Yemen history and geography and have published lots of books on it.

  20. @Miggle

    But the Ultramurderous States of America are using their wealth and power in the usual ultramurderous way to destroy Yemen. It was never their business. But Semites, like Japanese, are an inferior race, so if there’s money in it, nuke them.

    Well said, sister!

    Ali Saleh was a corrupt bastard, who was a slave to Saudi Arabia, and he only cared for Mammon. A traitor Houthi. It is good that the Houthis finally took care of him and hopefully he is burning in hell.

  21. @Jeffery Cohen

    Communist Yemen collapsed with the Fall of the Berlin Wall when Russia could not longer subsidize them you incredibly stupid UK council house kid.

    I’ve been to Salalah though I would not want any jobless Gen Y freak like you who never lived and has nothing to do to actually piece together my identity so I’d be vague beyond that.

    I stayed near Al Balid, which Marco Polo visited at one point.

    • Replies: @Jeffery Cohen
  22. @Jeffery Cohen

    Communist Yemen was very rich.

    Yemeni were trying to sneak into Oman or wherever they could find a job long before this war.

    They spent the entire budget on growing Khat.

    Yemen is the biblical land of tweakers.

    • Replies: @Curmudgeon
  23. @Giuseppe

    If Americans “don’t care anymore” it means they are degenerate and depraved. The Writing is on the Wall.

    • Replies: @Jeff Stryker
    , @Saxon
  24. Agent76 says:

    Sep 4, 2018 U.S. Is Funding and Backing Al Qaeda in Yemen

    Once again the U.S. government is supporting and funding Al Qaeda fighters, this time in Yemen. It is something we have seen before in Libya and Syria. So why does this continue to happen? Is it because the “War on Terror” is just a farce and is never meant to be won?

    • Agree: Talha
  25. @Jeff Stryker

    Communist Yemen collapsed with the Fall of the Berlin Wall when Russia could not longer subsidize them you incredibly stupid UK council house kid.

    Like I said, you don’t know Shit from Shinola, and you just proved it.

    Yemeni unification took place on May 22, 1990, when the area of the People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen (also known as South Yemen) was united with the Yemen Arab Republic (also known as North Yemen), forming the Republic of Yemen (known as simply Yemen).

    You seems to have a very small memory too. Do you recall I telling you, that South Yemen was fighting against Oman in Dhofar, and Iran was sending food and bred for Omani troops on a daily basis. If you had been to Salalah, you would had seen the downed Iranian Military Plane by South Yemen. The Government of Oman, left the Iranian Military Drowned Plane there as a reminder for thanking Iran. Why do you think Oman has such excellent relations with Iran?

    • Replies: @Jeff Stryker
  26. @ploni almoni

    Look at what the Middle East has cost the US since George Bush was elected.

    Huge deficit.

    Thousands dead.

    And poverty in the US is not a minor issue.

    I’m a humanitarian myself but there is no way to justify getting into another way.

  27. @Jeffery Cohen

    The British government supplied military and aid to Oman. At one point it was a British colony and to this day it still has ties.

    Not Iran.

    And 1990 was the year that all the Soviet-backed Communist states disintegrated.

    That was after November 1989 when the Berlin Wall fell.

    • Replies: @Jeffery Cohen
  28. @Jeff Stryker

    The British government supplied military and aid to Oman. At one point it was a British colony and to this day it still has ties.

    Wrong again. Bring you proof that, “At one point it was a British colony”?

    Oman was never a British Colony. Challenge!

    Do you remember, when the Shah of Iran was removed from power? If you don’t then you can Google it.

    • Replies: @Jeff Stryker
  29. @Jeff Stryker

    Yemen is the biblical land of tweakers

    Is tweakers a code for Israelites?
    I have long believed that the Zionist project involved the destruction of history which allows them to continue the enslaved in Egypt myth, and all that flows from it.

    • Replies: @Jeff Stryker
  30. eyeslevel says:

    Anti-whites are in power in all white countries. Anti-whites are responsible for this violence. When pro-whites get in power, we’ll put an end to this kind of nonsense. So all right-thinking people need to support the global pro-white struggle.

  31. @Fidelios Automata

    Yea, that would be good. But I am not sure Iranians are aggressive enough to give Saudi bandits their deserts.

  32. Saxon says:
    @ploni almoni

    Or is it simply because the people who own the organs of mass media and of informing the public don’t inform the public? Who owns the media matters. It determines what gets shown, how it gets framed, who’s interests are pushed and represented.

    • Agree: renfro
  33. the Houthis are followere of Imman Hussein (pbuh) and they are youths fighting with their backs against their home where their mothers, sisters are. The saudi drug fueled crown clown is a living proof that the third generation forgets the desert, he will not last much longer. Even his own family is getting tired of his antics.
    I have no doubt the Houthis will endure and stand victorious before to long.

  34. Art says:
    @Jeff Stryker

    There has not be a time in the last half of a century that Yemen was not a basket case.

    Tut tut – too bad – these poor people are in the way of Talmudist Jew plans for Iran — KILL them America!

    Think Peace — Art

    p.s. Never fear Mr. Talmud Pride – it is a done deal – the Kushners – Jared and Ivanka will keep daddy Trump killing those poor people.

  35. @Curmudgeon

    Yemen males are all addicted to an organic speed called Khat.

  36. @Jeffery Cohen

    Ranulph Fiennes wrote a book about it. He served in Oman with the British and wrote of his experiences on the Dhofar border in the Special Air Service.

  37. renfro says:

    Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the 33-year-old de facto leader of Saudi Arabia widely praised as a “reformist” by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman and others, turns out to be a suspected murderer.

    Here’s what happened: 5 days ago, Jamal Khashoggi, a one-time Saudi insider who became a prominent critic and self-exiled in Washington, entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, to get a document he needed to re-marry. His fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, said he never emerged.

    The Washington Post reports that Turkish investigators now believe that a 15-member murder team sent in from Saudi Arabia killed Khashoggi inside the consulate. There have been further reports that his body was dismembered before being removed.

    Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman lied in an interview with Bloomberg, saying Khashoggi had left the Istanbul consulate soon after he arrived.

    Jamal Khashoggi, 59 years old, had contributed regularly to the Washington Post’s Global Opinions section, edited by the excellent Karen Attiah. After his disappearance, she wrote:
    Jamal is one of the leading proponents of freedom and democratic change throughout the [Mideast] region, and he frequently denounces the harsh tactics deployed by the Saudi authorities against prominent clerics, business owners, female activists and social media figures.

    Khashoggi bravely criticized the Saudi war against Yemen, in which tens of thousands of civilians have already died from air attacks and a cholera epidemic.

  38. Our governments current behavior can tell us a lot about it past behavior, a lot of our past history is contaminated with disinfo and propaganda as the “winners” have the benefit of writing the official history. But looking at their current actions, the evil that they are inflicting on the rest of the world, we can make some sense of the past. Always look at the current events when you might be confused about past events, especially when the media and government really hammer it into your skull relentlessly, that usually means they have a lot to hide, if it feels like they’re trying to brainwash you, they probably are. Question everything.

    Heres a couple more things about the Houthis they don’t like one bit.

    Houthi antipathy toward the U.S. and Israel arises from the theory developed by their leader, Hussein al-Houthi, that the 9/11 attacks in the U.S. were planned and executed by the CIA in order to justify American military intervention in the Middle East for the benefit of both the U.S. and Israel. Al-Houthi also began explicitly linking Zaydi teachings of rebellion against unjust rulers to Yemeni politics, earning the enmity of then-Yemeni president Saleh, who was at the time focused on establishing himself as an ally of the U.S. after the 9/11 attacks while at the same time suppressing any domestic challenges to his rule.
    Although the Houthis have used anti-U.S., anti-Israel slogans in their mobilization efforts, they are not thought to have the international terrorist aspirations of the AQAP. In fact, in al-Qaida’s eyes, the Houthis are heretics. (Al-Qaida took credit for a bombing that killed more than 60 people at a Houthi rally in Sanaa in October 2014.)

    https://berkleycenter.georgetown.edu/essays/will-the-us-join-a-religious-war-in-the-gulf

    Houthi logo says “Damn the Jews” Houthi flag reading “God is the Greatest, Death to America, Death to Israel, Curse on the Jews, Victory to Islam”.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Houthi_movement

    Heres what your “government” has been up to over there:

    • Replies: @Talha
  39. PAST BEHAVIOR-

    Some alcoholic bum managed to get elected in 2000 and sank the US into two wars that turned the surplus into a deficit.

    Come to think of it, the US is still in Afghanistan nearly 20 years later.

    So now we are told that this rocky bottom of the Arab peninsula can be sorted out with US troops.

    But wait…we also have Syria.

    The Middle East is a toilet bowl. To the extent that Iran is fighting a proxy war against Saudi, this is partly to blame on the Iraq vacuum created by an alcoholic bum named George Bush.

  40. Talha says:
    @redmudhooch

    Thank you for those videos – especially that second one – very good stuff!

    Peace.

  41. Yemen, i.e., despicable war crimes committed in Yemen by Saudis and other Gulf satrapies with full support of “democratic” US and UK is one of the topics covered by deafening silence in the MSM of “civilized” and “democratic” countries. Hurricane Maria that hit Puerto Rico in October 2017, whereupon the victims got as little help as one can get from the US (https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/mar/26/puerto-rico-six-months-after-hurricane-mariathen-and-now) is another. Mass murder of Palestinians by Israel is yet another one.
    Only one conclusion is possible: he, who pays the musicians, calls the tune. So much for “free” press.

  42. Deschutes says:
    @Another German Reader

    You say-

    “Yemen – a nation of junkies with swollen cheeks.”

    How the fuck would you know? What a dumbshit comment, typical armchair politico bullshit comment. You act like you know it all, but you don’t know jack shit.

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