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.