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

Video: NHS bosses paid by drug firms – Telegraph

NHS Job Shop:

NHS Job Shop: “Working for Health” in Kentish Town. Closed. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An undercover investigation by the Telegraph highlights allegedly fraudulent practices at the NHS, the UK’s massive public healthcare organization.

via Video: NHS bosses paid by drug firms – Telegraph.

According to the Telegraph NHS bosses are being paid by drug firms to influence the choice of drugs.

This blog has been very critical of the management of the NHS over the last four years and has repeatedly argued that it is in a state of permanent decline with a cancer at its center. Politicians are not ready to hold the NHS and its many stakeholders properly to account – this is a weakness in UK politics as well as public healthcare.

Decisions about choice of drugs really matter, with the UK having one of the worst records in Europe for cancer outcomes in Europe.

Surely, the only way to weed out corruption at the NHS is to send the guilty to jail with long sentences and withhold pensions and severance pay for NHS employees who leave because of criminal practices?

Also surely drug companies who participate in corrupt practices must be punished by sending the guilty to jail and massive fines?