SANAA, March. 24 (Saba) –America is the one who created this war, the siege, and slaughter of Yemen.
The war is responsible for taking the lives of at least 57,000 people and starving to death nearly 85,000 children under the age of five, according to a conservative estimate by save the children, with extensive military support from the United States, the war and blockade, led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, have also led to the near collapse of the economic, health and educational sectors in Yemen, with half the population—14 million people—now facing famine.
US tankers longer refuel coalition aircraft over Yemen, yet the US military continues to provide maintenance, tech support, and training to the Royal Saudi Air Force.
The US helps the Saudi-led coalition’s war effort by providing intelligence and selling arms and ammunition to fighters from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which means that the US has played a critical role in the conflict — one that has left tens of thousands dead and millions more suffering from starvation and disease.
“This war is both a humanitarian and a strategic disaster, and Congress has the opportunity to end it,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), one of the bill’s sponsors and a 2020 presidential candidate, said in a statement. According to humanitarian agencies, at least 85,000 children have starved to death in Yemen since the war began and around 14 million are at risk of famine.
To date, an estimated 85,000 children under the age of 5 in Yemen may have died from starvation and disease. In many ways, this suffering is an intentional byproduct of the Saudi coalition, which has targeted water treatment plants, health clinics and even a Doctors Without Borders hospital, all with US assistance.
There is a US imprint on each of these civilian deaths, as the humanitarian nightmare worsens, it also provides the fuel to recruit young men into terrorist organizations such as al Qaeda and ISIS, which have been able to thrive in the power vacuum created by the war.
It’s time for Congress to reclaim one of its most fundamental duties — deciding when and where the United States goes to war.
The House faced a setback when representatives voted 206-203 to strip the House version of the War Powers Resolution of privileged status, with the help of five Democrats, despite the loss in the House, peace activists say the Senate momentum is turning against the war—and they’re determined to continue the fight to end it.
The Senate passed a bipartisan resolution, with a vote of 56-41, instructing President Donald Trump to end U.S. participation in the Saudi-led war on Yemen.
Yet the Yemenis who have been living through more four years of a devastating U.S.-Saudi war do not get to participate in these U.S. political debates—and are rarely heard in the American press. Abdulsalam Alwagih: Yemenis know very well that America is the main driver and the first partner in the aggression on Yemen, and no matter how it tries to improve its image through deceit and misleading the media and calling for false peace, it will never succeed.
Tell the Americans that all the values and principles they claim to uphold have been cheaply sold to the most despicable of people, the Family of Saud and the Family of Nahyan.
Similarly, Mohamed AbdulQuddus, a writer and journalist, wrote, “My beloved Yemen is in general a state of legendary steadfastness, despite the immense suffering resulting from the brutal military aggression and the unjust siege imposed by the Coalition countries.
Gamal Asad: Tell the American people that their economy is built upon the blood of the innocent people of Yemen. Does this satisfy them?!
Abu Nasser: We have no place on this planet, Please tell them if they have discovered life on another planet, allow us to live on any piece of it in peace.
Others addressed the international community’s inaction—and complicity—regarding the suffering of Yemen.
Many spoke about the U.S. government’s complicity in the war. One woman, noted, “The unfortunate situation of Yemen is the biggest and most important consequence of the true face of American policy in the region and its ambitions.
Without the American support for Saudi Arabia and its allies, Yemen would have not reached this situation.” Another person echoed the widely-held view that the war cannot continue without U.S. support: “If America wants to stop the unjust war on Yemen, it will stop it within hours.
What can a U.S. citizen do when the U.S. administration decides to maintain its [arms] deals with Saudi in total disregard of humanitarian principles?!
The White House is the one running the war in Yemen and making it a test field for new U.S. missiles on the bodies of children and women, all members of Congress in both chambers are well aware that the Coalition countries in the war on Yemen have committed extremely heinous and ugly crimes.
They themselves are the members who vote to sell arms deals that commit such crimes.
The American government supports the criminals Al Saud and Al Zayed in the killing and siege of the Yemeni people.
"Our blood, for the Trump administration, is just arms deals," there is no value for the human being at a time when you talk about animal rights while you commit the most extreme terrorism against us.
The Yemeni people live in very difficult economic and humanitarian conditions, all due to the American support for the Saudi aggression against the Republic of Yemen.
Saudi Arabia, the greater ISIS, and the ones who killed the Americans. And the disaster is that Americans are the ones who support [this] and by all means for killing Yemenis, in other words, Trump has become in the pocket of the criminal bin Salman.
The brutality and brazenness of Khashoggi’s killing seems to have changed many senators’ calculations about the value of the US-Saudi alliance. And pulling US support for the Saudi war in Yemen — a war personally directed by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — is a powerful way to communicate their displeasure.
Referencing journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, one woman noted, “Describe Yemen’s situation like that of Khashoggi – every day for four years, the Saudi saw cuts it with U.S. support in front of the world.” Similarly, Senan Alsaidi asked, “Do you want to know what’s going on in Yemen? Look at the brutality of the Saudi regime’s assassination of the journalist Khashoggi and you will know what is happening in Yemen closely, that brutal regime is supported by the American government.
Yemen needs a lasting and genuine peace and the rebuilding of the nation on a national basis that includes all Yemenis, and this will only be by the pressure of the major powers on the countries that have used Yemen as a field to settle their scores.
Written by Mona Zaid
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