Opinion – The Slaughter of Children in Yemen – by the Editorial Board – New York Times – John Gelmini

The trouble with disbanding the UN, as Dr Alf suggests

Map of the modern state of Yemen. Map of Yemen...

Map of the modern state of Yemen. Map of Yemen. Map of Yemen, Saudi Arabia being north of it. Français : Carte du Yémen. Hrvatski: U Jemenu se govori 10 jezika od kojih su svi živi. Standardni arapski je nacionalni jezik. 日本語: イエメンの地図. മലയാളം: യെമനിന്റെ ഭൂപടം. Русский: Карта Йемена. Türkçe: Map of the modern state of Yemen. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

, 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?

John Gelmini

Opinion – Why are we losing in Afghanistan? – Brookings – John Gelmini

Brookings, in this article, has called the situation correctly on Afghanistan, which is a place that defies conventional military measures but which needs to be brought to heel, along with Pakistan with imaginative policies.

As Dr Alf will know, India once used to control Afghanistan, yet under Modi, their disappointing leader, they create trouble on their border with China and do nothing to stabilise Afghanistan. At the same time, India gets much of the BPO/IT related outsourcing business, call centre contracts and software development work from Western countries whose business leaders are not prepared to train anyone. The quid pro quo must be Indian troops in Afghanistan to clear out the terrorist infestations helped by American air power.

Security should be handed over to Erik Prince, the former Special Forces man, who runs the newly renamed XE, formerly Blackwater, using his men to guard bases and towns. Drones and Terminator robots should be used to deal with terrorists on the move and Pakistan which funds the Taliban needs to be effectively neutralized. The Waziristan tribal regions, where the Taliban hide, need similar treatment.

Uranium and other minerals exist in Afghanistan and these should be sequestered to help defray the costs of war and occupation.

Earlier measures in Afghanistan have been too mealy-mouthed and too telegraphed for fear of causing civilian casualties.

If the Americans want to win then they have to be more robust.

The flow of poppy crop, which turns into heroin, can be curtailed but it needs political will and imaginative policies.

John Gelmini