Death Comes To Yemen

***Once again I apologize for the length of this post but all the information is there and needs to be read….there is more to this situation than the 30 seconds it gets in the news***

There has been a lot of back and forth about the Saudi led war on the Arabian country of Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East…..not many natural resources to covet…..if so then why try to bomb them into extinction?

The oldest reason around these days….religion.

It is the age old shia/sunni divide……Saudi is mainly Sunni and Yemen mainly Shia…..but if you are not sure of the conflict……

Hope that was helpful…..but I want to post on the massive amounts of deaths this war has created…..

More and more Westerners are starting to realize just how brutal this war is on the civilian population of Yemen…..the bus attack that killed many school children ….so along those lines  I want to talk about these and other deaths…..

In a week there have been about 123 deaths…..(an exact total is damn near impossible thanx to the Saudi onslaught)…….

According to the UN refugee agency, some 1,500 civilian casualties were inflicted in Yemen from August through October. Broken down, the agency says this is an average of 123 casualties per week.

This large number of casualties is unsurprising, as throughout that period the Saudi-backed invasion forces have been attacking heavily populated areas, and Saudi airstrikes kill civilians several times a week.

Civilian casualties are an ongoing problem throughout the war in Yemen, and the UN’s report came with a call for both sides to “do more” to protect civilians during the fighting. That they named both sides was likely necessary to prevent the Saudis from reacting furiously.

(antiwar.com)

Since the beginning of this conflict the civilians have been the targets (or so it appears)…….

In Yemen, a place where things couldn’t get worse, things have gotten worse.

85,000 children under the age of five may have died during the war in Yemen, according to the international charitable group Save the Children.  This figure was arrived at using data gathered by the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF).  Save the Children’s November 20 press release states that the children died from “extreme hunger and disease.”  Saudi Arabia’s naval blockade of Yemen’s port of Hodeidah is a huge factor in Yemen’s catastrophic food shortage.

Haven’t we already read this story?  It has been only a month since the New York Times ran a series of photos of Yemen’s dead and dying.  The lead photo is of a 7-year-old Yemeni girl, Amal Hussain, in a state of advanced starvation.  Amal has died since the photo appeared.

(look at the photos if your stomach can take it)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/12/06/yemen-85000-dead-kids/

Should peace on the Arabian Peninsula be given a chance?

In September, the UN envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, failed to bring the parties to the table in Geneva after last-minute wrangling. This time he hopes to have better success. The Huthis arrived in Sweden on 4 December, with the internationally recognised government due to arrive the next day.

The talks in Sweden are preliminary consultations to set the stage for eventual negotiations. Griffiths hopes that the two sides will agree on some basic confidence-building measures, including prisoner swaps, the reopening of Sanaa airport and perhaps an agreement to stabilise Hodeida, as well as a broad roadmap for future talks. The two Yemeni delegations – representatives of the Huthi Ansar Allah movement and of the government of Abed-Rabbo Mansour Hadi – are not scheduled to meet face-to-face on this occasion; instead, the UN will shuttle between them. But given that every round of talks has collapsed – the last meaningful negotiations took place in Kuwait more than two years ago – even these limited goals may prove to be a stretch.

https://www.crisisgroup.org/middle-east-north-africa/gulf-and-arabian-peninsula/yemen/yemen-giving-peace-chance

The Congress is set to vote on the US involvement in the war on Yemen……

This week, the Senate will be holding floor debates on a resolution which challenges the legality of the US war in Yemen under the War Powers Act. The bipartisan bill would require the US to withdraw support for the Saudi-led conflict. The vote is expected some time this week.

A number of senators have expressed growing support for the bill in recent weeks, seeing it as a rebuke of the Saudi murder of Jamal Khashoggi. This has meant testimony to the Senate so far has centered on the murder, not the war.

The State Department has insisted that the administration intends to continue the war, spinning it as part of regional efforts against Iran. This is the Saudi narrative of the war, based on the other side being Shi’ites.

Speaking in the United Arab Emirates, State Dept. official Tim Lenderking pushed for the US to continue supporting the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, saying that withdrawing from the war would send “a wrong message.”

(antiwar.com)

A group that I have some dealings with has issued a call for action in Yemen after the Congressional vote……

The U.S. Congress is notoriously reluctant to take tough decisions on matters of war and peace, which makes the Senate’s 29 November vote on the conflict in Yemen all the more remarkable.

https://www.crisisgroup.org/middle-east-north-africa/gulf-and-arabian-peninsula/yemen/six-steps-make-most-us-senates-yemen-vote

And now the Brookings Institute has issued a paper on the possibilities after a Saudi withdrawal…….

Pressure is mounting on Saudi Arabia to pull out of Yemen. The Pentagon announced on November 9 that it would stop aerial refueling of Saudi planes conducting operations in Yemen, ending assistance that began under President Obama in 2015, when Riyadh first began its bombing campaign. Last week, the Senate broke with the White House voted 63 to 37 to advance a resolution to end U.S. military support for the Saudi-led war. Democrats in the House of Representatives have promised to use their impending majority to end U.S. support for the Saudi war. So far, the president himself remains unconvinced and loyal to his Saudi friends, but Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis both called for a ceasefire, suggesting the administration position on the Yemen war may be softening.

https://www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2018/12/05/yemen-after-a-saudi-withdrawal-how-much-would-change/

My personal feelings are that the Saudis have enough Congress people in their pockets to head off any blow back about the death and destruction of Yemen and the crisis they have created because of some religious bullshit.

Further Reading:

https://lobotero.com/2018/07/05/yemen-made-simple/

https://lobotero.com/2018/08/10/yemen-finally-the-media-has-noticed/

https://lobotero.com/2018/10/01/yemen-the-war-best-forgotten/

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