Anti-Imperialism/Foreign Policy

The Terrorism of Self-Defense: A Brief Lesson in Imperial Double Standards

By Nicky Reid aka Comrade Hermit

Exile in Happy Valley

It seems like just yesterday that our newly minted president, Joe Biden, was promising this country and the world at large a brand spanking new era of peace for Yemen. After watching two consecutive administrations facilitate Saudi Arabia and their fellow Gulf State ghouls in blockading, starving, bombing, and systematically slaughtering the poorest country in the Middle East to the tune of some 377,000 mostly civilian bodies, even the generally callous hypocrites in Joe’s own party were screaming, “Enough!” 4 million people were forced to flee their homes, 75,000 children under the age of five starved to death, and 2.5 million people languishing in the worst cholera outbreak in modern history. All because a rag-tag tribe of anti-imperialist Shiites dared to overthrow an American and Saudi backed dictatorship.

What has occurred in Yemen since 2015 isn’t so much a war as it is a slaughter and Joe Biden, a man who as vice president to Barack Obama when he greenlit this bloodbath is intimately responsible for his share of the dead, was finally making a big show out of displaying a little goddamn mercy. He lifted the Trump era designation of the Houthi rebels as a terrorist organization that promised to choke off what little international aid actually managed to get into the country, and he made a solemn promise to end all American support for the Saudi coalition’s “offensive operations” in the country while working towards a peace deal. Looking back, the vague language Biden used in this declaration of peace should have tipped us off to the fact that we were being bullshitted by a career bullshitter.

I wish I could tell you folks that Joe Biden hasn’t done dick to end the ongoing slaughter in Yemen, but the reality is actually far more heinous than that. In almost mincing spite of his hollow little words, Biden has continued in his predecessors’ footsteps by actively facilitating what can only accurately be described as a Wahhabi holocaust against the peasant population of Yemen. He has approved the sale of a billion dollars in American killing machines to Riyadh as Save the Children has seen a 60% increase in civilian casualties during the last three months of 2021 alone. And all this horror could be ended tomorrow with the snap of that neoliberal chickenhawk’s boney fingers if he simply lifted the crippling blockade and stopped servicing the Saudi coalition’s warplanes. That’s it. It’s that fucking simple. This nightmare would grind to a screeching halt.

Under these circumstances one would be a fool to come to any other conclusion than that Joe Biden wanted his “peace” and to eat the malnourished bones of starving children too. It was all just another put on. A heavily publicized act of contrition for Joe’s soulless dregs in the mainstream media to ooh and ah over. “Look how presidential our new monster is. He’s so much classier than that vulgar circus gimp, Donald Trump!” Well, starving children can’t eat class and the Houthi rebels have been left with no other choice but to break through Joe’s cellophane “peace” and defend themselves.

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