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Washington Has Become an Accomplice to Murder

June 20, 2019 in Economics

By Doug Bandow

Doug Bandow

Tensions with Iran might be rising, but American forces are
already are at war in the Persian Gulf. The U.S. is backing Saudi
Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in their bloody conflict
against Yemen, and the Trump administration is acting as PR agent
and bodyguard for the two royal families.

The conflict violates American values and hurts U.S. interests.
Tens of thousands of Yemeni civilians have been killed with
Washington’s assistance. U.S. support for this murderous war of
aggression may also be creating new terrorists who could target
America in the future.

Modern Yemen was born in conflict some six decades ago. The
territory included an independent kingdom and British colony. For a
time, Egyptian and Saudi troops backed warring Yemeni regimes. The
two Yemens became one in 1990 and Ali Abdullah Saleh was elected
president. Yet Saudi Arabia continued to meddle, promoting
intolerant Wahhabism, which further upset Yemen’s internal
balance.

In 2004, Ansar Allah or Partisans of God, popularly known as the
Houthis, rose against Saleh. The Houthis are dominated by Zaydi
Shia (which differ theologically from Iranian Shia). When the Arab
Spring washed over Yemen in 2011, Saleh was ousted. He then made
common cause with his former enemies, the Houthis, and together
they kicked out his successor, President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi,
four years later.

Trump needs to reverse
priorities and stand up to the heinous Gulf monarchies that’ve
dragged us into Yemen.

None of this had anything to do with Iran, which area
specialists affirm exercised little influence over any Yemeni
faction. And the Houthis had no designs against Saudi Arabia or
America. They were focused on consolidating power against their
domestic enemies.

However, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates intervened
militarily in 2015 in hopes of returning Hadi to his presidential
quarters in Sanaa. The war was expected to be a cakewalk, lasting
just a few weeks.

Riyadh and Abu Dhabi squeezed contributions from Egypt, Jordan,
Kuwait, Morocco, and Sudan-that regime’s notorious Janjaweed
militia-as well as Qatar, before they turned against the latter.
The “coalition” also enlisted Yemeni factions,
including al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

The Obama administration, hoping to reassure Riyadh after
negotiating its nuclear agreement with Iran, provided Saudi Arabia
and the United Arab Emirates with munitions, targeting assistance,
and airborne refueling. The Trump administration continued this
support, recently announcing “emergency” approval of
more weapons sales to sidestep the requirement for congressional
authorization.

Nevertheless, the war rages on inconclusively. Despite its many
advantages, the coalition, and especially Saudi Arabia, is
suffering blowback. Last week, a Yemeni missile hit Abha airport in
the Saudi south, causing 26 casualties. The Kingdom responded with
hypocritical shrieks of rage and threats of revenge.

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Source: OP-EDS

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