Saturday, August 20, 2016

How Washington is funding genocide in Yemen

The Saudi led invasion of Yemen, along with a handful of other gulf monarchies like Qatar and Jordan, is genocide against the Yemeni people. It is genocide by the U.N. General Assembly's definition found in Articles II of the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide.

Article II: In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:

(a) Killing members of the group;

(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;

(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;

(d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;

(e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group. 

The Saudi war against the Houthi rebels in Yemen is undoubtedly genocide because their actions fulfill at least 5 of 6 criteria for genocide.

The Saudi-led airstrike coalition bombed 100 hospitals from March 2015, when the invasion was launched, until November 2015.

In the most recent attack, the Wahhabi Terrorist State bombed a Doctors Without Borders hospital killing 11 people and wounding 19 others. They did this despite the fact that MSF (French name for the organization) shared the precise GPS coordinates of their hospital with the RSAF hours before the air raid.

In fact this is not a first. The Saudi coalition has bombed 4 MSF hospitals in less than a year. It's pretty obvious criminal intent is involved.

And hospitals aren't the only targets of Saudi airstrikes, schools, like one in Saada, are also considered fair game

as well as business. Just recently, on August 11th, the coalition bombed a Potato chip factory killing 14 workers.

In March, an RSAF led coalition airstrike on a marketplace in the Hajjah province killed 41 civilians and critically wounded 35 others

The Saudis have not only murdered thousands of Yemeni civilians, they have also destroyed bridges that connect supply routes from ports to the Capital of Sanaa. Yemen imports 90% of food; without these supply routes they are susceptible to deprivation.

Bombing bridges to Sanaa is not the only way that the Saudis have imposed starvation on the Yemenis. Coincident with the destruction of hospitals, schools, businesses and supply routes, the Saudis have imposed a naval blockade on the coast keeping the majority of commercial ships to Yemen from reaching the ports and leaving 80% of Yemenis in desperate need of food and medical aid.

The indiscriminate bombing of thousands of non-combatant civilians constitutes (a), killing members of the group, and (b), causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group. 

The intentional bombing of hospitals, especially those run by humanitarian groups like MSF and Red Cross, constitutes (d), imposing measures intended to prevent births within a group, and preventing the shipment of food and medical supplies through the naval blockade and bombing supply routes constitutes (c): deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part. 

The Saudi invasion of Yemen constitutes a genocide by 5 of 6 counts, and the U.S. defense industry is funding it through the Pentagon.

The Saudis have purchased $641,000,000 worth of cluster munitions from U.S. defense contractors, particularly Textron Systems, since the beginning of the war.

In the first year of the war, 91% of cluster bomb casualties were civilians of whom 22% were children.

Even though cluster bombs are prohibited by International law, by a UN convention ratified by 119 countries, Congress and the Pentagon continue to approve the sale of cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia. This is evident by a recent vote in congress which blocked an amendment that would have prohibited the transfer of U.S. manufactured cluster munitions to Saudi Arabia.

The Pentagon currently has an agreement to sell $60,000,000,000 worth of aircraft and naval ships to Riyadh, which was negotiated in part by then secretary of state Hillary Clinton in 2010.

In the latest sale of military equipment to the Riyadh, on August 9th, the State Department and Pentagon approved a $1,150,000,000 purchase of 130 tanks and armored vehicles, manufactured mostly by General Dynamics.

The USG not only provides billions in weapons, munitions, aircraft, tanks and ships to the Wahhabi Terrorist State, they also provide logistical support, military training and weapon servicing: tasks carried out by thousands of U.S. civilian and military personnel stationed in Saudi Arabia.

The true motive for the war should be obvious to anyone who has been paying attention for the past few months. For the U.S., this is a proxy war against Iran who sides with the Houthi rebels and former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh. For Saudi Arabia, it is an attempt to access to Yemen oil reserves by overthrowing the Supreme Political Council, which is supported by the Yemen Parliament, and reinstall Hadi's puppet regime.

Side Note: remember that when you vote in the up coming presidential election, you are voting for the figure head of a criminal syndicate who will ultimately be a corporate puppet swaying to the pull of her (I highly doubt Trump will win) financial strings.

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