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

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