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PostDoes America Have the Blood of Yemeni Children on its Hands? (Massoud Malek, USA, 10/13/16 2:18 pm)
Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia has been obliterating Yemen with our help, by deliberately targeting orphanages and countless hospitals, schools, and residential areas.
Bombing a hospital, an orphanage or a school is a barbaric message of mass terror. We should be reminded that the blood of Yemeni children is on our hands. It is shocking to witness the world's indifference to the suffering of Yemeni people.
You don't sell arms to people who don't know what they are doing, except killing the injured, the sick, the elderly, and children. On September 21, 71 US senators, no doubt glad that those children are not their grandchildren, voted to not block a multi-billion dollar arms sale to a country that is committing war crimes.
Should we cheer for Hillary Clinton, who as the Secretary of State, cleared the delivery of $29 billion worth of advanced fighter jets to Saudi Arabia? Two months before the jet deal was finalized, Saudi Arabia contributed $10 million to the Clinton Foundation. It should be noted that between October 2010 and September 2012, the State Department approved $165 billion in commercial arms sales to 20 nations that had donated to the Foundation, plus another $151 billion worth of Pentagon-brokered arms deals to 16 of those countries--a 143 percent increase over the same time frame under the Bush Administration.
PS: Voting is one of the most sacred rights in any democratic system. But there are times that one must revolt. I will gladly boycott the 2016 Presidential election.
JE comments: Yemen has no friends, and even less money to influence US politics. "Failed states" are abstractions when viewed from a distance, but Massoud Malek forces us to consider the real suffering of the Yemenis.
Can anyone walk us through the present situation in this little-understood country? Who are the parties involved in the conflict?
Another question: Has a nation ever willingly stopped selling arms to a "friend" for humanitarian reasons?