I wasn’t following this story in real time, but when it came to my attention today, the irony was too poignant to ignore. A friend just sent me the content of an post from Journalist Casey Coombs on the First Look, Intercept website.on May 4. It is called “Stuck In Yemen: A Personal History“. In the article, Coombs describes being stranded in Sana’a during the Saudi bombing campaign because the United States decided not to rescue US nationals in the country.
On April 30, the U.S. State Department posted updated information for Americans in Yemen with this printed in bold: “There are no plans for a U.S. government-coordinated evacuation of U.S. citizens at this time. If you wish to depart Yemen, you should stay alert for other opportunities to leave the country.”
So there he is. Abandoned in a war zone. Fortunately, the locals are friendly, including the Houthis guarding a nearby outpost..
A month later, he is an American Hostage of the Houthis, freed by the Sultan of Oman.
This is another report from my friend, a long time resident of the west who went home to assist his ailing parents in Aleppo this spring.
This is an authentic report from an Aleppo resident whose identity is protected for their own security. They are living through the daily hardships of life in an externally created war zone. Water and electricity shortages, NATO & US backed terrorists embedded in multiple areas of the city creating random buffer zones where the risk of being sniped or shelled is a daily occurrence. I have retained as much as possible of the original report with minimal editing as its important to maintain the narrative as it is, raw and heartfelt, from someone who sees this ravaged city as home.
Let Us Help the Yemeni People!
– A Message from Caleb Maupin onboard the “Iran Shahed” Rescue Ship in the Persian Gulf
sent from Iranian escorted Red Crescent aid ship by Caleb Maupin of NYC
I have just heard what the US officials have said, and I must say that I and all the other peace activists aboard the Iran Shahed are filled with burning outrage.
Why should we drop the goods in Djibouti and let the United Nations deliver them for us? Why should we trust the United Nations, which has stood by and allowed the Saudi military to destroy Yemen and slaughter thousands of innocent people? Why should we specifically trust the United Nations Relief Works Agency, which has a history of disgusting scandals, mismanaging assistance to those in need? The United Nations cannot be trusted.
** I would like to point out that the base in Djibouti belongs to the US. The United States has been supporting the Saudi Arabian massacre in Yemen, air raids that mostl target civilians, with logistical assistance, weapons and political cover at the United Nations. The US has sent a warship to enforce the Saudi Blockade of Yemen. Sending the aid to Djibouti to hand off to US controlled ditribution would inconsistent with the motivation to provide the aid to the innocent civlians in Yemen., ~JB