Sunday, April 12, 2015

Obama's Rape of Yemen

Obama's Rape of Yemen

by Stephen Lendman

Obama is systematically raping Yemen - using Saudi-led terror-bombing to do his dirty work.

He wants Washington regaining control over its former client state. The lives and welfare of millions of Yemenis don't matter.

Israel's Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) believes "(t)he Saudi-led collective move in Yemen entails a significant advantage for Israel."

Houthi Ansarullah fighters "cannot be defeated from the air. The Saudi goal is to prevent (them) from using advanced weapons - fighter jets and surface-to-surface missiles - and keep the strategic port city of Aden from falling into their hands."

Houthis don't threaten Israel. Al Qaeda, IS and likeminded extremist groups don't have air power except when Washington supplies it.

Endless war in Yemen continues. Casualties mount daily. Human suffering is extreme.

Streets in conflict areas are deserted - accept for bodies piling up. Essentials to life are in short supply or unavailable altogether. A humanitarian catastrophe is unfolding in real time.

Saudi Arabia dismissed Iran's call to halt fighting. Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal said "(h)ow can Iran call for us to stop fighting…"

He lied claiming "(w)e came to Yemen to help the legitimate authority, and Iran is not in charge of Yemen."

The so-called "legitimate authority" is US-installed with no legitimacy whatever.

Saudi terror-bombing serves US imperial interests and its own. Mass-murdering Yemenis is considered OK - including deliberately targeting civilian men, women and children, killing them in cold blood.

The death toll likely tops 2,000.  Numbers injured include thousands more - many maimed for life. 

Official figures way undercount. Slow-motion genocide explains things.

Well over 100,000 have been displaced. Eighteen days of terror-bombing and ground fighting caused horrific conditions.

Hospitals are overwhelmed. At least five were terror-bombed. Those operating haven't enough supplies for the wounded.

The longer conflict continues, the worse things get. A grocer running out of food said "(t)he war of hunger has not started yet."

Residents in conflict areas have no place to hide. Yemen is being systematically raped, ravaged and destroyed - another US imperial victim.

It may be turned to rubble before things end. Tens of thousands may die.

An Aden resident said everything around him is "damaged, ruined. Everything is destroyed."

Saudis "are bombing innocent people and families." French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius visiting Riyadh expressed support for Saudi-led terror-bombing.

"(W)e are here to demonstrate our support, especially political, to the Saudi authorities," he said.

One rogue regime supports another. Mass slaughter and destruction are OK.

Resolving things militarily is impossible. Violence assures more of it.

Diplomacy alone can work. Iran's state-run Al-Alam TV said hackers accessed its Twitter account and You Tube channel.

They published fabricated reports about Houthi leader Abdul-Makik Houthi's death.

Al-Alam officials blamed Saudi anger for its critical reporting of its terror-bombing.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Kkamenei called Riyadh's campaign a "crime and genocide."

He cited rising civilian casualties. Obama refuses to evacuate up to 4,000 stranded US citizens.

Russia continues rescuing hundreds of people in need - so far citizens from 19 countries, including 45 Russian nationals and 18 Americans on Sunday.

Others are being evacuated by air and sea. Five air rescue missions were undertaken.

At least eight other countries are evacuating their nationals - including China and India.

A trapped US citizen told RT International:

"Nobody will help us evacuate. The (US government's) reply was an automated message that they do not have any evacuation plans. Basically we are left on our own."

America prioritizes waging global direct and proxy wars of aggression. 

Its message to trapped US citizens in Yemen: You're on your own, out of luck, too bad if you're killed or injured. Expect no help from Washington.

US resources go for war-making - not helping its own citizens in need, at home or abroad.

Last week, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said Houthis haven't decided whether to launch attacks on Saudi territory or try cutting off the strategically important Bab-el-Mandred strait - connecting the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden.

Nasrallah believes Saudi aggression will end in "catastrophic failure." How many thousands of Yeminis will perish in the meantime?

How much unspeakable human suffering will continue?

Russia urged all sides to halt fighting - to resolve things diplomatically.

Obama wants endless conflict. He operates by his own rules. He invents them to fit policy.

He does so to justify mass murder. Human lives don't matter. Civilians are as fair game as combatants.

He once bragged to aides about murder by drones saying "I'm really good at killing people."

Millions died on his watch - by violence, preventable diseases, starvation and overall deprivation.

How many more will perish before his tenure ends? How much more human suffering is too much?

How much longer will US unaccountability for high crimes against peace be tolerated? When will long denied justice be served?

A Final Comment

On Sunday, Fars News reported senior Yemeni Ansarullah movement member Hossein al-Ezzi saying "differences have intensified in the Al Saud dynasty over the Saudi-led airstrikes on Yemen."

"(I)nsecurities (in several Saudi regions) have been intensified." Some Saudi official fear possible internal chaos.

Conflict threatens to spill cross-border. Anything ahead is possible. 

War has a way of widening on its own. The entire Gulf area may be embroiled before things end.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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