Anti-Imperialism/Foreign Policy

Those Who Destroyed Yemen Must Be Prosecuted for War Crimes

In an ideal world, protestors would not only be looting Wal-Mart and burning down police precincts, but they would be burning down the Saudi embassy as well. Most Americans have probably never even heard of Yemen or know that there is such a place.

By Doug Bandow

The American Conservative

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia recently announced that it was providing $204 million in aid for the impoverished and war-ravaged country of Yemen. That sounds generous, but it’s the Saudi royals themselves who are responsible for most of the death, destruction, starvation, and disease in Yemen, in which 80 percent of the population, some 24 million, need outside assistance.

Riyadh has spent more than five years conducting a brutal air campaign intended to restore a pliant regime to power. The claim that the Kingdom is generously helping the needy is a bit like a man murdering his parents only to throw himself on the court’s mercy since he is an orphan. If Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman wanted to help the Yemeni people, he would simply end the war.


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