Stop the War on Yemen

Even antiwar activists are now calling this a civil war.  But that is not the way it began.    This is a war against the people of Yemen, not between the political factions in Yemen.   Violence is self perpetuating so ever more factions will take up arms as long as the fighting continues.     Who will put an end to it?  I believe that instead of giving up on international institutions, we should demand that they do their job in a just and equitable manner.

I delivered this petition [Stop the Saudi War on Yemen], as advertised, to the UN Security Council in mid April.  I was very disappointed because the day before I delivered it, the United States was able to pass a resolution in the UN SC to condemn the Houthis rather than the  Saudi invaders.   There was, at the time of the Saudi aggression no reason why the political differemces in Yemen could not be resolved without destroying the country.  UN negotiatiors were working with the vaious parties and negotiations were ongoing when ex-President Hadi first resigned, and then fled to Aden in an attempt to assert supremacy from a new base, and then on to Ryadh, triggering the Saudi aggression.

Since then, Saudi led air attacks have not ceased but continued, resulting in thousands more civilian deaths, tens of thousands of injuries and the destruction of  the civil and material infrastructure of the country.  With western assistance, the Saudi regime has maintained a blockade that has driven the people of Yemen to the brink of famine, has left them without adequate supplies of water and medicine.    Twice, the United Nations has called for a humanitarian ceasefire so that aid could be delivered, and twice the Saudi Regime has ignored the call.   Two Red Crescent initiatives to deliver aid, one by air and one by sea, have been blocked by heavy bombing.

The Saudi aggression is in clear violation of international law.   Invading another country, destroying the civliian infrastructure and murdering civilians in an effort to bend the population to one’s will is a violation of Human Rights Law and of Humanitarian Law.   Deliberately blocking the population under attack from humanitarian aid is a further violation of the common law of the international community.   The initiatial Saudi aggression was a Crime Against Peace, a crime deemed by the Nuremberg Judges to be the most heinous of all.     There can be no justification for any of these actions.

There are those who would prefer to target the U.S. government with this petition.  The United States is providing technical and logistical support, and politicial cover to the Saudi regime, to make this  aggression possible.     It is our business to act.   However, the U.S. government is engaged in a  broad assortment of illegal international laws.   Worse, it doesn’t seem to have a stake in this one outside of distracting the Saudi regime from other matters.  In fact, the aggression is empowering Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, a long time target of U.S. drone strikes in the region.  If that doesn’t give them pause, what will?   But, if the ‘political cover’ part of this assisstance were withdrawn, and the Saudi aggressors made responsible for their actions, then U.S. support would be significantly less valuable.

There is no acceptable justification for U.S. behavior in this case.   Nor can there be an justification for the people of the United States and the rest of the world standing by and watching idly as the barbaric Saudi aggression devastates the poorest country in the Middle East.   By holding the al Saud family responsible, we would be sending a clear message to U.S. cats paws and protectorates around the globe that this kind of aggression in violation of international law will not be tolerated even among those who have the sponsorship and protection of the vain and exceptionalist self-declared Unitary Global Power.

It is time for the countries of the world to empower themselves through action.   We need to demand they do so.

Stop the Saudi War on Yemen: http://diy.rootsaction.org/petitions/demand-that-prince-salman-of-saudi-arabia-be-indicted-by-the-icc

Please sign and share. Do it now!    If each person who signs gets 3 more signatures, we will reach 10,000 in no time!   And then I’ll take it to the Security Coumcil again.   If you’ve already signed, then you just need to enlist a few people who believe in justice.

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10 comments

  1. Judy, I had signed the original petition and would like to sign the new version and send it to my contacts on Facebook but I do not see how (technologically backward) Can you help me. Rene Wadlow

    1. Dear Rene, I updated the petition rather than recreating it so you cannot sign a second time. However, I hope you will share with your friends and like minded people so that we can increase the number of signatures. This is an international call so please share widely. Thanks, Judy

  2. I am from Yemen and it’s probably the first time someone is writing what is going on in Yemen. As you seem to care, I will give you the figures.
    The following is the destruction caused by Saudi Arabia and its 10 allied countries including the USA.
    2,500 men dead
    670 women dead
    1,050 children dead
    Wounded more than 9,000 critically injured
    More than 305,000 homes
    Displaced 4,100.000
    Schools 342
    Schools stopped 3,600
    Universities 29
    Hospitals 188
    Media broadcasting stations 11
    Chicken farms 76
    factories 149
    Fuel stations 177
    Fuel trucks 114
    Market places 192
    Food storage facilities 397
    Food trucks 333
    Historical sites 35
    Tourist sites 16
    Government offices 735
    Sports stadiums 15
    Hospitals 188
    Airports 10
    Ports 6
    Communication networks 88
    Roads and bridges 277
    Electric stations 94
    Water networks 82
    All the above have been destroyed in the first 120 days. Now of course it is more. Besides we have an air and sea embargo so no food coming into the country. The wounded are dying from lack of medications. They have also used 2 1kiloton neutron bombs in the capital city of Sana’a. The readings on the Geiger counters after 1 hour were very hig. People are suffering with holes in their lungs and children are having diarrhea and vomiting. All media has been blocked so the world cannot see what is going on. I have pictures and videos of all the above if you are interested, I will send them to you.

    Thank you for writing the truth.
    Regards Salem

  3. CRC Chief: Humanitarian situation in Yemen is catastrophic

    SANA’A, Aug. 12 (Saba) – The head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has described the humanitarian situation in Yemen as catastrophic.

    “The humanitarian situation is nothing short of catastrophic. Every family in Yemen has been affected by this conflict. The people are facing immense hardship. And it is getting worse by the day. The world needs to wake up to what is going on,” said Peter Maurer, who just ended a three-day visit to Yemen on Tuesday.

    “The compounded effects of intense fighting and import restrictions are having a dramatic impact on health care,” Maurer said. “Health facilities have been massively attacked as well as suffering collateral damage.”

    He added “Medicines can’t get in so patient care is falling apart. Fuel shortages mean equipment doesn’t work. Insecurity means vaccination campaigns don’t happen. And of course, the fighting makes getting to hospital a dangerous venture. It’s a terrible downward spiral that puts thousands of lives at risk.”

    He stressed that such situation cannot go on. “Yemen is crumbling. As a matter of urgency, there must be free movement of goods into and across the country. Deliveries of food, water and medicine should be facilitated. Much more needs to be done.”

    Maurer underscored the need to focus on finding a political solution quickly.

    AF
    Saba

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