By: Kayhan Int’l Staff Writer
It was in March 2015 that Saudi Arabia and its American-NATO partners in crime started bombing Yemen in a bid to "democratize” it!
As a consequence, the besieged people of Yemen are still fighting against the ugly lunacy of the House of Saud and its allies. The failed war – yes it failed to regime change Yemen - has killed and wounded tens of thousands of innocent civilians, including women and children. This includes those killed in the airstrikes targeting schools, markets, weddings, funerals, as well as hospitals and health care centers – even a center for blind kids!
It’s the anniversary of this criminal, illegal and dirty campaign. Criminal because it has normalized the rationale that you can drop terror bombs, murder civilians, and get away with it. Dirty because one realizes that this is what the people of Iraq and Syria are also experiencing right now. Illegal because more bomb tonnage has been dropped on them than in Yemen, but no worriers. The poorest country in the Arab world is slowly catching up - with not one word in Western mainstream media on what it must have been like to live under such terrible conditions. For them, Yemen is a forgotten war and a trying ground for their weapons. They just want to sell arms and get away with murder and complicity.
On this anniversary, equally unnerving is the lack of official protests as well as the deafening silence at the United Nations Security Council, where in fact some of the self-appointed bully-boy members are at the forefront of the air war against Yemen, i.e., the United States and Britain. Over 10,000 people killed thus far, millions more made refugees, and nary an anti-Saudi resolution, let alone a word from the new UN chief. Quite the contrary, they have given the Saudis the top seat at the Human Rights Council. What a shame!
In any case, the bombing of Yemen at will to invoke Wahhabi values is not a one-time thing but rather the start of a long course of military presence in Greater Middle East for the U.S. empire of chaos and its regional Saudi vassals. Yes, the U.S. military began building a new naval base off the coast of Yemen the moment it gave the go-ahead to its Saudi vassals to start bombing.
All this to punish a supposed Tehran-backed resistance front, protect a deposed puppet regime, force Yemen to cooperate with the Zionist regime of Israel, upset regional security, invent new wars, sell them as a cakewalk, hide the extent of assassinations by drone, and hide the ugliness of it all – with a helping hand from Al-Qaeda brutes and ISIL proxies.
Today, we have the anniversary marking the start of the Saudi-led, U.S.-backed war on Yemen - in the name of the highest ideals with the most brutal tactics and crimes against humanity. The dirty campaign has turned victims into aggressors and aggressors into victims. Per usual, the vast majority of mainstream media outlets and observers, which focus on debates over class and race, or the unraveling of domestic coalition and Trump Tweets, pay little or no attention to this deliberate, never-ending humanitarian catastrophe.
When will the conscience of the international civil society wake up to this nightmare, to this man-made disaste? When will we realize that just like other kids in other parts of the world, the kids in Yemen also have the universal right not to die in the way to school? They don’t have to die while playing in the streets or at school. They don’t have to have nightmares, not knowing if in the morning they will ever wake up again or be crushed under the rubbles of the next American-made Saudi bombs.
There has to be some difference between peoples and animals. But even animals sometimes show some compassion to their kinds. In the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led failed war on Yemen, tragically, even animal instincts have been discounted. What a disgrace!