In February, President Trump gave the go-ahead to a Special Ops Mission in Yemen that was originally planned on Obama’s watch. Numerous civilians were killed including 9 children, one of whom was Anwar Awlaki’s 8 year old daughter. The event was widely, but not deeply covered in the U.S. MSM. The focus was on blaming Donald Trump. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism ran The Full Details of Botched US Raid in Yemen within a couple of days, naming the victims and providing information about them. Since then, The Intercept ran an even more personalized article with interviews of the local people. They must have someone inside Yemen. Meanwhile, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism reports that the number of drone strikes in Yemen has exploded since President Trump came into office. Apparently the new President is also thinking of waiving a Congressional block on selling certain types of weapons to Saudis for use in Yemen. It is difficult to imagine appropriate use of any weapon against the defenseless population of Yemen, but even so, Mr. Trump has once again iced the cake of mindless international intervention and destruction.
On one of the list serves I frequent, someone asked the question, who will go to Yemen and tell us their story. I’ve actually been thinking about this. Yes. It seems crazy, but it would be something to go there and show some compassion for the people and bring back their stories. Of course, The Intercept is already doing that. But, I was mulling the difference between going to Syria to talk with people and going to Yemen.
I wish I could go to Yemen to document what it is happening there.