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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. We used the Saudis to deliver these bombs. We sold them the bombs. (We sold Saudi Arabia 199 BILLION dollars in munitions in the last 5 years) We sold them the planes. And we provided air support for the Saudi’s using American planes to drop American bombs. We also trained the pilots.
“The United States is currently waging war in six countries in the Middle East and North Africa – Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, 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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