What are your thoughts in regards to the war in Yemen?
Why is not a global focal point like the Syrian war has been?
What does it tell us about the West and its principles?
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The Yemen civil war began in 2015. Yemen is the poorest Arabic nation and one of the poorest nations in the world. The war has left a devastating effect on the people of Yemen and is a humanitarian disaster.
The Yemen war has destroyed the nation’s primary infrastructure and education sector. Millions of Yemenites have been displaced. Over 23,000 civillians have been killed or injured. The majority of the population (27 million) are in urgent need of medicine, fuel, food, water and medical assistance.
The Yemen situation has left me angry for a number of reasons. It has not received the amount of Western attention and sympathy that the Syrian war has received. There are many reasons for this.
The death toll in Yemen is not as high as the Syrian conflict. The Syrian conflict is a global battle ground. At first glance, the Yemen conflict may seem like a routine Arabic civil war: a group of rebels fighting against the current government. It’s not so simple.
In 2011 there was an uprising against Western favoured Yemenite dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh. The uprising could not be contained. Therefore, The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) devised a plan to elevate the Vice President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi to the presidency. Saleh was given immunity in exchange for stepping down.
The GCC “election plan”was divised by Saudi Arabia and the US. Hadi was the ONLY candidate. He won 99.6% percent of the vote. Saudi and the US have declared that Hadi is the only legitimate ruler of Yemen.
Enter the Houthis resistance group. They took up arms against the new government which excluded them. The Houthis were able to take the capital city, Sanaa, easily. A sign of the people’s disdain for the GCC decision. This led to the Saudi Arabian bombing campaign of Yemen and the humanitarian disaster that faces the country now.
Saudi Arabia have justified their Yemen invasion by claiming that they are protecting their legitimate government and by claiming that the Houthis are a proxy for Iran. Therefore, they are actually fighting Iran.
Wikileaks believes that Iranian involvement is a convenient exaggeration “ Contrary to [Yemeni government] claims that Iran is arming the Houthis, most analysts report that the Houthis obtain their weapons from the Yemeni black market and even from the ROYG military itself.”
The activities of Saudi Arabia do not surprise me at all. I expect this kind of behavior from them. Western involvement and support in Saudi Arabia’s plan is what really aggravates me. You cannot jeopardize a strong oil and arms business relationship.
The US and the west claim to be champions of freedom and democracy. They claim to be champions of human rights. Selective interest in the above is what sickens me. They only live up to these elements when it suits their agendas of business, region and regime control.
I am not lessening the horrendous nature of Eastern and Islamic nations. They are nowhere near as hypocritical about their infringements. They rarely claim to be beacons of freedom, democracy and human rights advocates.
The selective interest in justice and human rights reminds me of the Aleppo situation amidst the Syrian conflict. It was perfectly acceptable for the US to shell Syrian towns whenever it wanted and however it wanted. Those civilian casualties and damages to infrastructure are acceptable.
The moment Russia decides to shell Aleppo , the US mounts this massively hypocritical sense of outrage. Russia is accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity. What’s the difference? As long as you are on the “right”side you are exempt.
This point is exemplified when we selectively punish our citizens who become mercenaries and go to the Middle East to fight. We jail people for taking up arms and fighting with the Assad regime in Syria. Yet we do nothing when our citizens head over to Yemen in order to fight with the Saudi coalition.
I always thought the purpose of this legislation was to deter and prevent citizens from fighting in foreign wars no matter what side they fight on. Punishment is for anyone who engages and those who assist them.
The war in Yemen rages on. The Yemenites continue to suffer. Nations like the US and Australia robotically acknowledge the legitimacy of Hadi as President and the Saudi operation. They radiate a glow of passive acceptance and they enable and support the treachery. Does this make them just as dangerous as the nations that they support?
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