‘Glimmer of Hope’ for Yemen as Khanna Invokes War Powers Act to End US Support for Saudi-Led Slaughter of Civilians


“This resolution should be a no-brainer for Congress. What more do they need to finally end this tragedy?”

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A young boy runs with his tyre past buildings damaged by air strikes in Saada Old Town, Yemen. (Photo: Giles Clarke/OCHA)

Amid reports that civilian deaths have “surged dramatically” in Yemen since June, when the Saudi-led coalition launched an offensive to take control of the port city Hodeidah, Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) on Wednesday officially introduced a highly anticipated resolution invoking the War Powers Act of 1973, in hopes of ending American support for the coalition’s attacks and the resulting humanitarian crisis.

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Breaking! @RepRoKhanna has just introduced legislation invoking the War Powers Act and directing the Trump administration to pull US troops from the civil war in . It is time for our unconscionable participation in this war to end. https://theintercept.com/2018/09/26/yemen-us-military-house-resolution/ 

The resolution (pdf) “directs the president to remove United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen, except United States Armed Forces engaged in operations authorized under the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force…not later than 30 days after the date of the adoption of this concurrent resolution unless and until a declaration of war or specific authorization for such use of United States Armed Forces has been enacted into law.”

“The unauthorized U.S. role in the war has given rise to the worst humanitarian disaster in the world, made the U.S. complicit in countless war crimes and violations of international law, and undermined our national security interests.”
—Paul Kawika Martin, Peace Action

The measure was immediately applauded by peace advocates and human rights groups that have long charged, as Paul Kawika Martin of Peace Action outlined Wednesday, that “the unauthorized U.S. role in the war has given rise to the worst humanitarian disaster in the world, made the U.S. complicit in countless war crimes and violations of international law, and undermined our national security interests.”

“This House resolution offers a glimmer of hope to the suffering people of Yemen because if the U.S. withdraws its support for the Saudi-led bombing, a negotiated settlement is sure to follow,” responded CODEPINK co-director Medea Benjamin.

“Let’s make sure the August bombing of a busload of children marks a turning point in U.S. policy,” she added, referencing an August attack that killed 40 boys aged six to 11.

“This resolution should be a no-brainer for Congress. What more do they need to finally end this tragedy?” said Elizabeth Beavers, associate policy director for Indivisible. “If they’re not persuaded by the fact that the U.S. is engaging in unauthorized warfare, the growing civilian body count should demand their attention.”

William D. Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy, noted: “Rarely does Congress have an opportunity make a difference in the lives of millions of people. This legislation is one such chance, and the time to act is now.”

“Rarely does Congress have an opportunity make a difference in the lives of millions of people. This legislation is one such chance, and the time to act is now.”
—William D. Hartung, Center for International Policy

Last year, Khanna was part of a small group of House members who were demanding an end to U.S. complicity in the war and introduced a similar measure. “One year later, the bloodshed continues with widespread destruction and disease contributing to the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. U.S.-fueled planes continue to drop U.S.-made bombs on innocent victims,” he said in a statement Wednesday. “This time around, our coalition to end the war has expanded and the call for withdrawing U.S. involvement is louder.”

Backed by a bipartisan group of nearly two dozen lawmakers, Khanna asserted that withdrawing U.S. support for the coalition “is now a mainstream position within the Democratic Party,” and that he is “confident the House Republican leadership will allow this resolution to come to a vote and that members of the House will hear from their constituents in support of our position against this unauthorized war contributing to Yemen’s humanitarian catastrophe.”

Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, is one of the resolution’s co-sponsors. “The U.S. should be aggressively pushing a peaceful solution to end this civil war instead of supporting the Saudi-led coalition military campaign that has only destabilized the crisis further,” the congressman charged on Twitter Wednesday.

The resolution’s other co-sponsors—which include the ranking members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee as well as the Rules Committee—are: Reps. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), Michael Capuano (D-Mass.), Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.), Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.), Joe Kennedy (D-Mass.), Joe Courtney (D-Conn.), Gwen Moore (D-Wis.), Walter Jones (R-N.C.), Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), and Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.).

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UN Rejects Saudi Zio-Wahhabi Call to Oversee Yemeni port

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The United Nations has rejected a call by Saudi Zio-Wahhabi family and its Zionist allies to supervise a Houthi-held Yemeni port, where tens of refugees were killed last week in an aerial attack blamed on Riyadh.

The Saudi Zio-Wahhabi call came after more than 40 people lost their lives and dozens of others were injured in an apparent Saudi Zio-Wahhabi airstrike that hit a boat carrying Somali refugees near Bab al-Mandeb Strait on Friday.

Saudi Zio-Wahhabi family and its Zionist allies have denied being behind the air raid despite witness accounts citing an Apache helicopter – which is only used by Saudi Zio-Wahhabi family in the war on Yemen – to have attacked the vessel.

Reacting to the call on Monday, UN spokesman Farhan Haq said the warring sides in Yemen are responsible for protecting civilian infrastructure and civilians, adding, “These are not obligations they can shift to others.”

Saudi Zio-Wahhabi family called for jurisdiction over Hudaydah port to be transferred to the UN while the humanitarian situation in Yemen has dramatically deteriorated amid a Saudi Zio-Wahhabi family blockade, which has put the impoverished country on the brink of widespread famine.

Last week, the World Food Program (WFP) warned that 60 percent of Yemenis, or 17 million people, were in “crisis” or “emergency” food situations.

“The humanitarian community delivers assistance in Yemen solely based on needs and not on political considerations, and will continue to do so through all available means,” added Haq.

The United Nations also called on Monday for an inquiry into the attack.

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‘They destroyed our homes, injured our kids’: Sanaa residents speak of horror of Saudi Zio-Wahhabi bombings



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Residents of one neighborhood in Sanaa say it has been hit by 37 bombs and rockets from the Saudi Zio-Wahhabi led coalition since Riyadh began intervening in Yemen. They have nobody to help them in the dire situation, they told Ruptly news agency.

“Our homes were destroyed because of the aggression and we didn’t receive help from anyone, no one provided us with mattresses, blankets or food. We have absolutely nothing left inside our houses. All this because of the aggression,” one resident said.

Another said their home was destroyed by three rockets during a raid.

“Once we were hit by the rockets we started running away and everything was destroyed. There was fire and then we were homeless and lost everything and it started raining. We lost everything because of this aggression,” she said. “What did we do to deserve this, to be shelled? They destroyed our homes and injured our kids.”

One man said almost three dozen houses have been destroyed by the coalition in the Al-Masanie neighborhood, and many survivors have nowhere to live now.

“Some people rented other houses and some other living in tents. Their situation is so bad especially since there is no income anymore. Those families’ situation is miserable,” he said.

“The situation in this neighborhood is very bad,” another person said. “For more than a year they were targeted by rockets launched by fighter jets, which belongs to the alliance, the Saudi-American alliance. The houses were destroyed and people are living in a miserable situation.”

Since March 2015, when Riyadh sent its troops to prop up a pro-Saudi president ousted by rebel forces, an estimated 10,200 people have been killed in Yemen fighting. Up to three million were displaced, bringing the already-destitute Arab country to the brink of a humanitarian disaster.

Civilians in Yemen are suffering from a lack of basic supplies, including food, medicine, and fuel, partially due to a Saudi Zio-Wahhabi naval and air blockade. Civil rights groups say the Saudi intervention in the country may amount to war crimes.

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Saudi Arabia’s genocidal campaign in Yemen reaches new height

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While the world remains transfix on Aleppo, arguing political agendas as civilians are caught in the crossfire, Yemen has almost completely fallen off the map – the forgotten war of a forgotten people, whose land has been ravage by wanton brutality.

Yemen you see stands a moral and political stumbling block Western powers have been unable to rationalise to their audience – how does one go about justifying genocide? And so silence has been offered where outrage should have reigned.

Yemen’s war has been muffled out … censored even, so that none would witness what horrors Saudi Arabia has committed against an entire people in the name of hegemonic imperialism. If it is adjectives you are after I would advise to look at the litany of images rights activists have posted on social media, featuring famine-ravaged children, injured civilians, and exploded civil infrastructures.

And although you may argue that wars are by definition destructive, and bloody, I would defend that even wars have rules. Wars should never become a rationale for cold-blooded murder.

And yes Yemen stands in a region of the world so remote from Western shores you may imagine yourself safe from all repercussions … But are you? Safe that is? Are you truly safe when your own governments allow for dangerous weapons of war to be sold to murderous regimes for their coffers hide dizzying wealth? Can you, in all honesty warrant political support to those regimes which advocate death on communities on account of their differences?

I doubt any sane person would … and yet the world has stood behind Saudi Arabia, offering not a whisper before its bloody persecution of Yemen. Yemen has been exploded, burnt, starved, defiled, and denied – still state officials have argued sectarian adjectives to deflect blame and deny responsibility.

I have seen Yemen Resistance fighters labelled as Shia rebels backed by Iran too many times to believe it was by accident. Why would a people’s creed matter? Why this sudden need to offer qualitative religious adjectives when discussing Yemen, when Yemen has acted in self-defence? Why allege political connections devoid of any factuality if not to engineer a pre-approved narrative?

I hate it to break it to you but Yemen is not another proxy in between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Yemen is very much alone in this deadly struggle … Yemenis are not taking their cues from Tehran when it comes to defending the integrity of their borders. Why would you assume they do? Why would anyone assume that faith automatically implies political allegiance? Talk about prejudiced bigotry, and Orientalism.

In all truth Yemen could have done with an Iranian alliance. At least then the war-torn nation would not have had to bear military interventionism on its own; at least then Yemen would have had a friend to stand in its corner, rather than face annihilation alone.

If Yemen is a proxy it is for Western powers covert imperialism. If Yemen should in fact be defined by great many adjectives, it is to condemn Saudi Arabia’s Wahhabist agenda – this expression of neo-theofascism Western capitals have enabled and essentially weaponised.

Let me tell you what your indifference bought Yemen.

In early October a funeral hall in Sana’a, the Yemeni capital was double-tapped by Saudi warplanes to make a point. What point would that be? That Yemen owns not its sovereignty, political future, or religious freedom.

Over 140 were killed and an excess of 525 severely injured to satisfy Riyadh’s political vindictiveness. Not even the United States could bury such a criminal act.

Here is how the Guardian covered the event: “The dead and wounded include senior military and security officials from the ranks of the Shia Houthi rebels fighting President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi.”

Here we are again with the Shia label … what about we gave Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi his own … it would be only polite. Here is what reports should read:  twice-resigned, once runaway renegade Wahhabi-sympathiser former President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi? At least those adjectives we can back up with empirical evidences.

Before such unwarranted attack the world presented but timid condemnation. What is it that the say? “The customer is never wrong.”

Indeed, in our dystopian capitalist society one does not anger wealthy patrons, especially not when their military endeavours have allowed for billions to be made on the blood of the innocent.

Saudi Arabia has been given a licence to kill, its ruling elite is quite determined to make the most of it. According to the Shafaqna Institute for Middle Eastern Studies over 13,000 civilians have perished as a direct result of Riyadh’s aggression since March 2015; tens of thousands have been injured and over 3 million people have been displaced.

To such grim figures you need to add 2 million severely malnourished children, 7 million critically food insecure people and 26 million men, women and children in need of immediate humanitarian aid.

… Yemen stands still under a humanitarian blockade. In negation of every law under the Sun, Yemen has been condemned to a slow death so that the kingdom would claim victory.

Today this insane colonial campaign against Yemen could explode dramatically tensed geopolitical dynamics and turn one local conflict into a global military struggle. America’s attack on October 13, 2016 – however tactically limited it claimed to be – could lock competing powers into a deadly embrace. If Syria is anything to go by, Yemen is setting up to be the world’s next military flashpoint.

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