Crimes… Western Business As Usual
States and Britain are probably the biggest impostor
nations known to mankind. The Anglo-Saxon duo never
ceases to remind the world of their self-declared
democratic virtues, highest regards for human rights
and upholding of law. In reality, their relations
with the rest of the world are more fitting to
weekend, a key client regime of Washington and
London carried out yet another war crime. Saudi
Arabia has been bombing its southern neighbor Yemen
for over nine months now. In the latest crime, a
hospital was struck by Saudi warplanes in the
northern Yemeni province of Saada, killing five
people. It is but the latest instance in a litany of
war crimes committed by Saudi military forces in
of civilians, women and children, have been
slaughtered in Saudi air strikes on residential
areas in the Yemeni capital Sanaa and many other
towns and villages across the Arab Peninsula
country. Shipping works and store facilities have
been hit in the Red Sea port city of Hodeida in a
deliberate attempt to cut off the 24 million
population from food, fuel and medicines.
munitions dropped on Yemen include internationally
banned cluster bombs, as confirmed by video footage
showing “US Air Force”on the ordnance shrapnel.
claims that they are fighting on behalf of the
exiled “government of Yemen”are balderdash. As are
Saudi claims that the Ansarullah forces who kicked
out the erstwhile American and Saudi-backed
president are stooges of Iran, and that the Iranian
government is subverting the Arab Peninsula. That’s
Saudi paranoid fantasy, as even the New York Times
and Washington Post have coyly admitted.
reason for the Saudi slaughter in Yemen is that the
autocratic rulers in Riyadh cannot tolerate the idea
of a popular uprising next door to their despotic
regime. When the Ansarullah forces and Yemeni army
joined forces to oust the corrupt puppet-president
Adel Rabbo Mansour Hadi at the end of 2014 that was
a red line for the Saudi dictators.
uprisings in the oil-rich Persian Gulf are
absolutely anathema and must be ruthlessly crushed,
out of fear that the contagion of democratic power
might spread. The people of Bahrain painfully
demonstrated that back in 2011 and are still
demonstrating it with ongoing Saudi-backed
repression against their pro-democracy protests.
real villains in this piece are Washington and
London. The Saudi regime and the other closely
related monarchies in the Gulf would not get away
with their despotism and crimes against humanity
were it not for the unswerving indulgence afforded
by the Anglo-Saxon “champions”of democracy and rule
astounding the double-think that Washington and
London are allowed to perpetrate, thanks to the
obsequious Western mainstream media. US President
Barack Obama and British premier David Cameron are
indulged in their awry focus on “bringing
democracy”to Syria or in their remonstrations with
Russian leader Vladimir Putin over unsubstantiated
infringements in Ukraine.
and Cameron have evidently nothing to say, and are
scarcely questioned in the obsequious media, when it
comes to their “ally”in Saudi Arabia.
elections, women banned from driving cars or opening
a bank account, people routinely flogged for
allegedly practicing “sorcery”, human rights
activists jailed and tortured for expressing mild
criticism of the House of Saud. Even after these
absolute autocrats order the beheading of prominent
Shia cleric Nimr al Nimr, the “champions”of
democracy in Washington and London still have
nothing to say.
five years in office as prime minister, David
Cameron’s United Kingdom has earned some $10 billion
in arms sales to Saudi Arabia,
according to the London-based Campaign Against
the Arms Trade.
United States, the Saudi proceeds are far greater.
Last year alone, the US sold nearly $20 billion in
weapons to the Saudi regime. That’s about 12.5 per
cent of total US annual arms exports, according to
figures from the Stockholm International Peace
the Obama administration signed off on an arms deal
with Saudi Arabia worth about $60 billion
–reportedly the biggest weapons contract in history.
American munitions, warplanes, attack helicopters
and cluster bombs are being used by the Saudis to
terrorize the population of Yemen into submission.
The same state-sponsored terrorism is, to varying
degrees, deployed across the entire Persian Gulf to
ensure that the Western-backed Arab dictatorships
remain in power.
and London’s silence is not merely unscrupulous
muteness for the sake of maintaining profits and
lobbying graft for the monstrous weapons industries;
it is not even just about maintaining the flow of
hydrocarbons from the oil-rich Middle East where 70
per cent of the world’s reserves are estimated to
disturbing business-as-usual than that. The arming
of despots to oppress people is the reality of how
Washington and London assert their power in the
world. Democracy and human rights have nothing to do
with, except to serve as a bit of rhetorical
window-dressing to conceal the barbarity.
Cunningham (born 1963) has written extensively on
international affairs, with articles published in
several languages. For over 20 years, he worked as
an editor and writer in major news media
organisations, including The Mirror, Irish Times and