“Only God can save our children,” say Yemeni fathers and mothers forced to watch their children die, without being able to do anything but comfort them in their last moments and pray to God to spare them. Fathers and mothers pray and console while, one after the other, their children die of cholera, dehydration and hunger.
Where is God? Where is God? He cannot cross the total blockade imposed by the United States on Yemen to save his children. A cholera epidemic is not a natural disaster, it is a human work. Since 2015, the cholera epidemic has been the result of biological warfare against Yemen. American bombs dropped by Saudi pilots destroyed Yemen’s water and sewer systems. Spare parts, chemicals and fuel required for the operation of Yemen’s wastewater treatment plants are prohibited from entering the country. Drinking water, cholera vaccine and even individual water purification tablets cannot enter either. The resulting cholera epidemic was predictable.
Wastewater from end-of-life treatment plants overflows into watercourses that irrigate agricultural land, contaminating vegetables before they are placed on the market. Wastewater flows into cities, residential areas and refugee camps. Flies abound over sewage and spread cholera everywhere. The International Committee of the Red Cross, the Red Crescent and Médecins sans frontières, hospitals, clinics, relief organizations and human rights defenders have been targeted by bombardments.
The United Nations, controlled by the United States, gives a semblance of legality to the blockade and arms embargo that unilaterally targets Yemen. It is no use wondering why the UN has not also banned the supply of weapons to Saudi Arabia. We know the answer.
The United Nations is saddened by the humanitarian crisis and the worst cholera outbreak in human history. But the United Nations is doing nothing to stop the US-led Saudi genocide and the destruction of Yemen, and it is publishing knowingly false and underestimated figures on the number of civilian deaths.
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley became angry when the UN dared to shyly criticize the United States for moving its embassy to Jerusalem. She spoke of the UN’s “lack of respect” for the United States and threatened financial reprisals against the UN and countries whose votes did not comply with the wishes of the United States. The UN is not an honest mediator, because it is not dominated by the United States and it is afraid to upset them.
President Donald Trump cut funding for UN humanitarian agencies, he did not try to stop Israel from killing thousands of unarmed Palestinians, he pulled the United States out of the UN Human Rights Council and he mocks the UN International Court of Justice. Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, said the United States plans to withdraw from more treaties that form the basis of international law.
In other words, Bolton confirms that the United States is a rogue state; it ridicules the United Nations. From the very beginning of the Bush era’s war on terrorism, the United States has shown the greatest contempt for the Geneva Conventions. Obama also violated customary international law with impunity. Obama murdered American citizens, bombed weddings and funerals in Afghanistan with a drone, and destroyed Libya. He invaded Syria in a war of illegal aggression. Obama was an expert in killings. I heard he even bragged about it.
Deliberately causing a cholera epidemic is like conducting biological warfare. Yemen is not the first country against which the United States uses biological and chemical weapons. During the Korean War in the 1950s, the United States was convincingly accused of biological warfare. During the Vietnam War, the United States sprayed millions of litres of Agent Orange, which poisoned the soil, rivers and people. Agent Orange, 50 years later, “still causes miscarriages, skin diseases, cancers and birth defects.
The United States has contaminated Bosnia, Afghanistan and the Middle East with so-called depleted uranium. Depleted uranium can cause cancer, birth defects and probably many other health problems. The United States knows that. American veterans of the war in Iraq received a health warning.
In 1995, Madeleine Albright was interviewed by Lesley Stahl on the 60 Minutes show. This interview should have the place of honour at the Museum of Infamy for all eternity. Stahl asked Albright if the deaths of more than 500,000 Iraqi children caused by US sanctions were “worth it”. Albright’s answer was: “I think it’s a very difficult choice, but the result… we think the result was worth it. ” (Albright did not tell us who this “we” was.) We now know that “we” deliberately used biological warfare to kill those 500,000 Iraqi children.
How many other children, Albright, the Bill Clinton administration and “us” have we killed in the world because “we” thought it was “worth it”? Hundreds of thousands, according to a study of the partially declassified document of the Defense Intelligence Agency IRAQ WATER TREATMENT VULNERABILITIES[underlined in the original]. The partially declassified document was discovered in 1998 on an official Military Health System website. In 2001, the Association for Student Victims of Genocide published the above-mentioned study: The Role of “Water Treatment Vulnerabilities in Iraq” in Stopping Genocide and Preventing Further Genocide.
During the first Gulf War in 1991, the United States deliberately targeted all water purification plants and sanitation works in Iraq, which in itself constitutes a war crime. The Iraq Water Treatment Vulnerabilities document produced by the US Department of Defense and implemented in 1991, continued to be applied under President Bill Clinton. Even after Albright admitted on the 60 Minutes show that the US sanctions regime had killed 500,000 Iraqi children, “we” continued the draconian embargo on water purification equipment.
The Ministry of Defense and Madeleine Albright’s “we” knew that without clean drinking water, waterborne diseases such as cholera would affect and kill hundreds of thousands of Iraqis. Depriving an entire population of basic necessities is genocide, and it is a violation of the Geneva Conventions. Destroying the supply of drinking water to knowingly cause epidemics such as cholera is a biological warfare.
Economic sanctions and trade embargoes are a barbaric siege war against civilian populations. There is no way to whitewash them with language elements such as surgical targets or humanitarian intervention. Now give a thought to the millions of people in Cuba, Iran, Venezuela, Syria, Burma and Côte d’Ivoire who are now under an American embargo.
The Iraq Water Treatment Vulnerabilities document reveals the diabolical intent that sanctions can have, even when authorized by the United Nations. It is for these and other reasons that the International Committee of the Red Cross has often expressed its concern about the use of these sanctions, even when the UN has authorized them. The UN has no more right than anyone else to violate the Geneva Conventions, and the UN exceeds its authority when it does so.
The United States has also exceeded United Nations authorization by imposing a total blockade on Yemen. As expected, children are dying of cholera in Yemen, just as in Iraq. Tens of thousands of civilians have died of hunger, disease and lack of medicines. And twenty million human beings are currently starving to death in a famine caused by the United States and its agent, the so-called Saudi coalition.
For the past three years, starting with the Obama administration, the United States has been delivering bombs, ammunition and fuel to Saudi Arabia. Worse still, the US military is at the centre of the command and control of the war in Yemen. Other countries that are benefiting from the war, such as the United Kingdom, EU countries and Canada, also have their hands covered with blood and cholera-infected feces from Yemeni children.
American special forces, Seal Team 6 and the CIA carry out night raids and missions, such as the one that killed Nora, an 8-year-old girl, shown above. She was an American citizen who lived with her grandparents in a Yemeni village.
Nora was the daughter of Anwar al-Awlaki, who was the first American citizen known to have been executed by the United States without due process. A week later, his 16-year-old son, Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, was also murdered by an American drone. Barack Obama committed these murders in 2011.
It was also Obama who planned the raid during which Nora was killed on Trump’s orders on January 29, 2017. When Obama’s press secretary Robert Gibb was asked why Abdurahman, 16, was killed, he replied that his crime was that he “should have had a more responsible father”. Was that Nora’s “crime” too?
The war against Yemen is a dirty war, as are the wars in Iraq, Libya and Syria. It is the destruction of a country and the massacre of its civilians, which constitutes a real genocide even if it is not officially recognized as such. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its so-called coalition are American agents who pay for the bombs and drop them. The United States chooses the targets from the command and control centre.
On the ground in Yemen is a Salafist terrorist army sponsored by the United States, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the Mujahideen, Al Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood and Blackwater (renamed Academi), American, Somali and South American mercenaries. Terrorists supported by Saudi Arabia are attacking in the north, while the United Arab Emirates is supporting terrorist attacks in the south. Terrorists supported by Saudi Arabia are fighting terrorists from the United Arab Emirates. Saudi Arabia imposes a blockade on Qatar following a dispute over Yemen.
The de facto government of Yemen is the leadership of the Houthi Movement, named after its charismatic founder Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi. The Houthi Movement is supported by Yemeni military units, security forces and a large base of the Yemeni people, including many Sunnis. This does not mean that Yemenis are all the same. They are not, but when their common interest is at stake, they unite, despite their differences.
Some internal groups oppose the Houthi movement and collaborate with Saudi and Emirati terrorist groups, but this is not a Sunni war against Shiites. Nor is the war a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran, as the mainstream media monopoly would have the American public believe.
Zaydi Shiaites, who represent about 42% of the population of Yemen, are closer to Sunni Islam than they are to the Shia branch of Iranian Islam. The Houthi movement, led by Zaidi, “did not call for the restoration of the Imamat in Yemen, and religious grievances were not a major factor in the war,” according to Al Jazeera. On the contrary, the Houthi Movement is mainly economic, political and regional in nature.
There is a separatist movement in what was once South Yemen, which was a separate communist country until 1990: the Democratic Republic of Yemen. Before unification, North Yemen became the Arab Republic of Yemen. In the struggle for power that followed unification, the South lost power and control. The United Arab Emirates supports a southern separatist group, the Southern Transition Council, which also opposes Hadi and Saudi Arabia. As we have said, terrorists supported by Saudi Arabia are fighting terrorists supported by the United Arab Emirates.
The United States, Saudi Arabia and the United Nations are trying to make Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi look like the “internationally recognized legitimate government of Yemen”. Hadi was President of a Yemeni interim government from 2012 to 2014. Hadi fraudulently remained in place after the end of his mandate in 2014.
Hadi was forcibly dismissed by the Houthi Movement and a widespread uprising from the base of the Yemeni people. Hadi resigned from his position and fled to Saudi Arabia. The United States, Saudi Arabia and the United Nations are using Hadi as a figurehead to give a semblance of legality to the United States’ war of illegal aggression against Yemen.
There is little or no evidence that Iran provides the Houthi movement with weapons, equipment or combatants. Look at the map. Even if he wanted to, how could Iran massively deliver weapons with the total blockade imposed by the United States? Iran already has a lot to do with the (legal) support it provides to its Syrian ally. Iran must also manage its own economic crisis caused by the illegal US economic sanctions, reimposed by the Trump administration.
When the United States had to provide tangible evidence of Iran’s involvement in Yemen, former UN ambassador Nikki Haley was only able to present missile parts. The United Nations rejected them on the grounds that Haley was “providing no evidence as to the identity of the broker or supplier”. Iran denied any involvement in Yemen and rejected the United States’ claims as unfounded, and added:
These charges are also intended to cover Saudi war crimes committed in Yemen with the complicity of the United States, and to divert attention from the war of aggression against the Yemenis, which is getting bogged down.
Yemenis, regardless of their religion, region or tribe, are fiercely nationalist and are not in anyone’s pay. They do not appreciate that foreign invaders want to dominate them. Yemen, like Afghanistan, is a cemetery where empires come to die. The British and Egyptians learned this in the 1960s and now the Saudis and the United Arab Emirates are learning it at their own expense.
The United States looks like a zombie empire. Faced with humiliation and defeat, they destroy their opponents from above, as in Iraq, Libya and Syria. The United States has no mercy for the civilian population. The United States is destroying civilian infrastructure, blocking food, water and medicine. They drop cluster bombs and white phosphorus on populations, and poison water, soil and air with biological, chemical and radioactive weapons.
Just as Iraq, Libya, Syria and so many other small countries that the United States have described as enemies, Yemen does not pose a threat to American national security. Why is the United States destroying all these small countries and why is the United States destroying Yemen?
In the 1990s, after the collapse of the USSR, the United States undertook to build an empire to dominate the world, and it made no secret of it. The American project of world domination has taken on different names, such as Wolfowitz Doctrine, the Project for a New American Century (PNAC), Full Spectrum Dominance, the Indispensable Nation, American Exceptionalism, New World Order and, more subtly, the role of American world leadership.
Whatever we call the United States’ world domination, it is always the same thing. The United States considers itself above international law, customary moral behaviour and believes that it alone has the right to act according to what it believes is its political, military and financial interest. If the United States were a person, they would be diagnosed as psychopathic, without conscience, without empathy and without remorse; aggressive, narcissistic and serial killer.
Yemen is often described by the mainstream media as “the poorest country in the Middle East”, as if it had no wealth to appropriate. Yemen’s population is poor, but Yemen has oil, pipelines, gold, minerals, agriculture, fisheries, public enterprises, enviable real estate, money and great tourism potential due to its geography.
Yemen’s 30 million inhabitants are both a potential source of cheap labour and a potential market for the products of American global companies. Yemen is strategically located near the Strait of Bab-el-Mandeb, through which 1.4 billion barrels of oil pass each day[Figure to be reviewed as world daily production is only ~100 million bpd, NdSF]. For thousands of years, Yemen has been a commercial centre.
The United States covets Yemen’s wealth and strategic position in the context of the new neoliberal world order. The American vision of the New World Order is a world dominated by American multinationals, American financial institutions and rich American family dynasties.
U.S. foreign policy is shaped by special interests, monopolies and their political action committees (PACS), such as arms manufacturers, multinational financial, pharmaceutical and agri-food companies. Foreign countries like Israel and Saudi Arabia also have powerful lobbies that can manipulate American foreign policy to their advantage. American foreign policy has little to do with the interests of the average American citizen.
Yemen is the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s southern neighbour, and the Saudis want a corrupt, complacent and docile government in Yemen. The Kingdom has widened its border to encroach on the northern borders of Yemen, the cradle of the Houthi movement. The Saudi dynasty also fears the influence of an independent Yemeni people on the people oppressed by the Saudi dynasty. The Kingdom is a powder keg, at the slightest popular uprising, it will explode.
Saudi Arabia uses extremist Wahhabi Islam as a political subterfuge to recruit jihadists and terrorists and to extend its influence in West Asia, Africa and beyond. International terrorism is a joint initiative of the United States, Saudi Arabia and other member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). All GCC States: Bahrain, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Kuwait are theocratic monarchies. This speaks volumes about American values of democracy and human rights.
The United States has long coveted Yemen’s wealth. In the mid-1980s, the Bush family and their Texas oil friends of Hunt Oil invested in the Marib Shabwa oil basin in Yemen. Bush obtained future exploration rights for Hunt Oil. The former director of the CIA, then Vice-President Bush, has quietly arranged for Saddam Hussein, the President of Iraq, to finance Bush-Hunt’s investments in Yemen. A few years later, Bush “repaid” Saddam’s loan with the military operation Shock and Awe.
The war that began in 2015 is aimed at protecting American investments in international companies, neoliberalism and the project of a new world order. The Yemeni people have been a fierce opponent of neoliberalism, and they love their old world order. They rebelled against Ali Abdullah Saleh’s 33-year reign because he had sold Yemen to neoliberalism, then the people rebelled against Hadi’s interim government, which was plotting to sell their public goods to the neoliberal empire at a discount.
Americans who benefit from neoliberalism did not appreciate that their benefactor Hadi was overthrown by the Houthi movement. And Saudi Arabia, which has been trying to exploit Yemen for decades, has also not appreciated it. Vultures from other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries surround Yemen in the hope of also eating its dead body.
The United States provides the GCC countries with the Shock and Awe device to kill prey, and they don’t care about killing 22 million people in the Yemeni looting process. It is the United States that provides the bombs. The Gulf countries’ coalition led by Saudi Arabia is only dumping them
In summary, there is no civil war in Yemen. Iran is the scapegoat for a war of illegal aggression led by the United States. Saudi Arabia and its coalition of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states are based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The GCC Member States are Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Oman and the United Arab Emirates. They are all monarchies. The United States hopes to win the biggest prizes in Yemen, and Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar are competing for the crumbs. The lives of 22 million Yemenis are hanging by a thread, due to the American blockade of food, water and medicine. The United States is responsible for the worst cholera outbreak in history. It is biological warfare and genocide.
David William Pear