In a powerful editorial, the NYT warns that if the Saudis don’t want to be on the blacklist of forces that harm children, they should seek an end to the destruction in Yemen.
Once again, the United Nations looks to be heavily biased, spineless and likely to be bullied by Saudi Arabia, her allies and military backers, especially the US – we can expect the UK government to support Saudi interests too, desperate to protect sales of military equipment, as the UK faces Brexit’s black hole.
The Yemini Civil War which started in 2015 still rages but is a stalemate according to the NYT. The NYT concludes that it’s necessary to publicly shame Saudi Arabia and her sponsor, the US, and bring an end to unconscionable slaughter of innocents.
It’s worth taking a look at the countries involved. The Houthi rebels receive weapons and training from Iran, and military support from Al Quaeda and ISIS. The Saudi coalition is sponsored by the US and includes eight Arab league countries (Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Sudan, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Bahrain). Once again, there’s evidence of Obama’s disasterous foreign interventions. Whilst Obama had deeply troubled relations with Saudi Arabia because of his Iranian interventions, President Trump has declared strong support for Saudi Arabia.
British politicians are duplicitous too. Theresa May’s Conservative Government support Saudi Arabia and turn a blind eye to the slaughter. Meanwhile, Jeremy Corbyn‘s, Far-Left infested Labour Party, passionate advocates of Palestinian causes are also apparently sitting on their hands.
Let me ask an open question:
If the biased UN can’t stand up to the bullying of the Arab League, perhaps it’s time to disband the UN? Otherwise, UN weakness risks precipitating a wider Middle East War?
The trouble with disbanding the UN, as Dr Alf suggests, is that you would have to replace it with something else, just as the League of Nations had to be replaced by the UN in the last century.
The war against the Houthis in Yemen is a war of extermination, which the West is participating in because of arms sales through BAE Defence systems, Lockheed Martin and the “Beltway Bandits”.
The war has the benefit of being in “a faraway place about which we know very little”, the people killed being brown skinned and don’t speak English and the suppliers of the weapons know that they are going to be paid well and that armaments workers are going to be working hard and paying taxes.
Unlike Vietnam where there were jungles to hide in, Yemen has none and it has ISIS. It can therefore be turned into a free fire zone, where inevitably there will be “collateral damage”.
In reality, it is the proxy war, preceding what the Project for a New American Century (PNAC) website calls the “Pathway to Persia”, which is the euphemism for war with Iran.
Defence stocks are doing well at the moment and both May and Trump are keener to put the Proletariat to work building armaments in Lancashire and Arkansas and kissing the rear anatomies of Arab oil sheiks than they are with preserving the lives of innocent children in Yemen.
I agree with Dr Alf about the effectiveness of the UN. With the US government likely to shut down in the Autumn because of budget differences, perhaps it’s time for the US to withhold funding to the UN for twelve months, pending some better results?