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LIGHTNIN’ HOPKINS – WAR NEWS BLUES
“U.S. and U.K. Continue to actively participate in Saudi War Crimes, Targeting of Yemeni Civilians”
“Most important, according to the Saudi foreign minister, although it is the Saudis who have ultimate authority to choose targets, “British and American military officials are in the command and control center for Saudi airstrikes on Yemen” and “have access to lists of targets.” In sum, while this bombing campaign is invariably described in Western media outlets as “Saudi-led,” the U.S. and U.K. are both central, indispensable participants. As the New York Times editorial page put it in August: “The United States is complicit in this carnage,” while The Guardian editorialized that “Britain bears much responsibility for this suffering.”
From the start, the U.S.- and U.K.-backed Saudis have indiscriminately and at times deliberately bombed civilians, killing thousands of innocent people.”
Trouble is, these are NOT only “Saudi War Crimes.” These are American war crimes. The United States used the Saudis to deliver these bombs. America sold the Saudi monarchy these bombs. (The USA sold Saudi Arabia 199 BILLION dollars in munitions in the last 5 years) America sold them the planes and provided air support for the Saudi’s, whey they were using American planes to drop American bombs. America, via the CIA, the Pentagon and 16 more intelligence services, agencies, contractors and mercenaries… also trained the pilots of the planes that dropped the bombs costing so many lives.
“The United States is currently waging war in 48 nations around the globe… American wars in Africa include aa, Somalia, Libya and Yemen. America’s participation in these wars may include training the local army, using drones to attack “suspected” terrorists, providing weapons and logistical support to one side side or the other, or sending in American combat troops – sometimes all of the above.
None of the countries in which the US military is involved poses a threat to our national security, least of all Yemen.
Yemen is one of the poorest countries in the world. It has to import most of its food and other essentials, and only about half the population is literate. Yemen’s chief asset is the city of Aden, which lies on the Gulf of Aden south of Saudi Arabia and across from Somalia. It is, or was was until recently, a strategic port, one of the best in the world. Aden was for many years under the control of British Petroleum, Inc., which turned it over to the Yemeni government in 1977.
Today Yemen is a battleground, the site of what aid organizations say is a human catastrophe. Food, water, medicine, and fuel are scarce, and there’s virtually no electricity. According to the World Health Organization, roughly a third of the population is in urgent need of medical care, but most of the hospitals have been forced to close.”
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