Value... Making a Killing in Yemen
The silence is
in spite of the fact that Western governments are
profiting massively from supporting the Saudi
military actions in its southern neighbor. Where is
the presumed high-minded Western journalism
to investigate this horror?
August 18, 2013 "Information
- The slaughter in Yemen just keeps getting worse,
with civilians at the bloody forefront. Yet,
shamefully – moreover tellingly – there is no uproar
in the Western media.
latest atrocity, on Monday, more than 10
civilian patients and one staff at a hospital were
killed when Saudi warplanes bombed the facility
in the northern province of Hajjah. The hit was
confirmed by French-based medical charity, Doctors
Without Borders, which runs the hospital. It was the
fourth time over the past year that a DWB facility
in Yemen was targeted in air raids.
before the latest hospital strike,
10 children were killed when their school was
hit – again reportedly by Saudi warplanes – in the
adjacent province of Saada.
this week there were reports of two women and two
children killed in airstrikes on residential homes
near the capital Sanaa. Also, five civilians died
after the vehicle they were traveling in was hit
from the air.
government issued a condemnation of the hospital
attack and the Saudi military coalition stated that
it was “investigating” the incident. Meanwhile, the
Saudis denied the deadly strike on the school,
claiming that it was a training center used by Houthi
rebels. Local sources negated the Saudi claim,
confirming that the victims were all young children.
Condemnation from Washington about the hospital
strike may not amount to much beyond empty rhetoric
aimed at deflecting from the atrocity. Last October,
the US Air Force
carried out an airstrike on a DWB hospital
in northern Afghanistan, killing more than 30
had any compunction about wiping out hospitals, and
a will to stop inflicting further civilian
“collateral damage”, then why does it continue
to give full military and political support to Saudi
Arabia in the latter’s year-and-a-half war on Yemen,
where hospitals, schools and homes are bombed
from the air on a weekly basis?
Last week, the
Obama administration signed off a $1.5 billion arms
deal with Saudi Arabia. According to the Washington
Post, the US has sold the Saudis a total of $20
billion in weapons over the past year.
France and Germany have also made a financial
killing from selling weapons to the Saudi regime
over the same period. Britain alone reportedly sold
nearly $4 billion-worth of weaponry to the oil-rich
kingdom in 2015.
arms exports include fighter jets, helicopter
gunships, air-to-ground missiles, tanks and
anti-missile defense systems.
Apart from the
occasional verbal “concern” about civilian deaths
in Yemen, Western governments have largely been mute
on the slaughter occurring in that country.
Arabia and its regional allies – other
Western-backed oil-rich dictatorships in the Persian
Gulf – began attacking Yemen in March 2015. The
so-called coalition waging war on the Arab region’s
poorest country received, from the outset,
diplomatic and military support from Western
governments, even though the legal grounds were
highly dubious. Arguably, what is happening to Yemen
is out-and-out foreign aggression – a Nuremberg
standard supreme crime – which Western countries are
fully complicit in.
reasoning is that the Houthi rebels ousted President
Mansour Hadi. The Saudis and the Western media
typically refer to deposed Hadi regime as the
“internationally recognized” government of Yemen.
The implication is that the Houthi-led uprising is
illegitimate. However, the ousted president is seen
by many Yemenis as a corrupt puppet of Saudi Arabia
media also repeat the Saudi claim that the Houthi
rebels are backed by Iran, which again serves
to justify the Saudi military assault. There is no
evidence for that claim, and Iran denies it. It is
rather a propaganda device giving cover to Saudi
Arabia for what is patently international
aggression, a propaganda device that the Western
media fully facilitate.
2015, some 10,000 Yemenis have been killed in the
war. The United Nations has expressed “concern”
about the rising number of children losing their
lives. Again, such expressions don’t carry much
weight. Where are UN sanctions on Saudi Arabia and
its supporters in Washington, London and Paris?
none because the UN is a tool of Western
geopolitics. An earlier condemnation of Saudi Arabia
over Yemen by UN chief Ban Ki-Moon was quickly
retracted after the Saudis threatened to cut
off financial contributions to the world body.
media have been studiously silent on the horror
in Yemen. Regulars viewers of CNN, BBC or France 24
will rarely if ever see a report on the violence,
never mind reports on how that violence is fueled
by Western governments plying the Saudi regime
same media channels frequently carry unsubstantiated
reports claiming that Syrian and Russian forces are
responsible for striking hospitals in Syria’s
battleground city of Aleppo.
the difference is that in Syria, Washington, London
and Paris are seeking regime change in that country.
So any information that purports to show the Syrian
government and its Russia ally in a bad light is
given prominence, even if unverified.
by contrast, the Western powers want to reinstall
their ousted, corrupt puppet who is living in exile
in Saudi Arabia. After more than 18 months
of non-stop bombardment, which has left 80 per cent
of Yemen’s 24 million population in dire
deprivation, the Saudis and their Western allies are
nowhere near reinstalling the exiled Hadi. So much
for “internationally recognized government”!
and London are not just plying the Saudis with the
arsenal of weapons that are killing Yemenis en
masse. The Americans and British are also actively
coordinating the Saudi warplanes from logistics
centers inside Saudi Arabia. There are also credible
reports of American and British special forces
working on the ground to assist Saudi-paid
mercenaries, some of whom include the same kind
of extremist jihadists operating in Syria.
As women and
children continue to be torn to pieces by American,
British and French warplanes and missiles in Yemen,
there is a grim object lesson for the rest of the
world. The Western media’s silence is not merely a
dereliction of duty to inform the public. It is a
revelation of the systematic criminality of Western
of democratic values and respect for international
law, human rights and freedom of independent media
are seen for what they truly are. A cynical pretense
to hide what is the ultimate value for the ruling
capitalist powers – the freedom to exploit financial
families are being slaughtered in their homes
by Western-supplied and guided warplanes. All the
while, the Western media is blacked out.
Western “value” of any consequence is the money that
can be made from human lives. Yemen demonstrates how
this vile predatory logic works: killing people,
including women and children, means more profit,
which in turn, requires more killing.
abominable logic of Western capitalism must be kept
hidden at all costs. Hence, Western media silence
and blindness towards Yemen, and how the West is
truly making a killing.