The apparent war crime committed has tragically
become an almost daily occurrence during five months of
relentless aerial bombardment of Yemen by a Western-backed
coalition of foreign powers.
days, there were similar air strikes on civilian centers in the
Red Sea port city of Hodeida and the northern province of Saada.
In the Hodeida strike, which killed several dock workers, the
British charity Save the Children said it believed the attack
was a deliberate bid by the Saudis to sabotage aid supplies to
the civilian population.
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Surely, this should be front page news, with
CNN, the BBC and France 24, among other big Western media
outlets, splashing it as their top story. The onus is on them
because their governments are implicated in grave crimes.
However, there has been no news coverage of the tragic events.
Aside from some brief, vague reports of a generalized
humanitarian crisis, there has been a wall of silence as to how
the Western-backed Saudi-led coalition is pulverizing Yemeni
civilians and creating the crisis. That suggests a deliberate
blackout by Western media.
To date, the death toll in the country has
reached near 4,500, according to the World Health Organization.
This week, the United Nations put the total number of children
who have been killed at 400. Yemeni sources say the civilian
casualties are much higher, but can’t verify because of the
Meanwhile, the International Committee of the
Red Cross (ICRC) and the World Food Program say the country is
on the brink of cataclysmic famine, with over 50 percent of the
24 million population at immediate risk.
Yemen was already the Arab region’s poorest
country even before the US-backed and Saudi-led military
coalition began bombing on March 26. In just five months, the
country is crumbling into a “Syria-level crisis,” according to
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What’s happening in Yemen cannot be described
as anything less than “foreign aggression” on a sovereign
country, where civilians are being slaughtered by
American-supplied “precision bombs” and F-16 fighter jets. The
systematic starvation of people by denying them food, water and
medical aid as a result of an air and sea blockade on the
country adds to the barbarity. This is genocide by any legal
definition of the word.
Despite the horror and complicity of Western
governments in that horror, the Western news media avoid
providing informative reports on the carnage in Yemen. When the
media do give occasional brief reports, they routinely distort
the nature of the violence as if it is being perpetrated by two
warring sides: on the one hand, “Saudi coalition forces”; and on
the other, “Iranian-backed Houthi rebels”.
Let’s quickly dispense with that self-serving
distortion. The Houthi rebels are not Iranian-backed. How could
they be when Yemen is blockaded by Saudi and American forces?
The Houthis are in alliance with the Yemeni national army and
other rebel groups, called Popular Committees. Earlier this
year, the revolutionary front kicked out the US and Saudi-backed
puppet-president Abded Rabbo Mansour Hadi, taking over much of
the country’s territory, including the capital Sana’a.
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That is why the Saudis and their Persian Gulf
Arab dictator cronies, plus the Egyptian dictatorship of Abdel
Fattah el-Sisi, joined forces to bomb Yemen. They claim to be
defending the “legitimate government of Yemen” represented by
Hadi and his corrupt clique who are exiled in the Saudi capital
Riyadh. No doubt the region’s dictatorships fear the spread of
revolutionary contagion, as do the Western patrons of these
Washington, along with Britain and France, is
supporting the Saudi-led bombing coalition, not just politically
and diplomatically, but with the supply of warplanes, missiles
and logistics. The US has set up a fusion center in Saudi Arabia
for the purpose of coordinating the Arab-piloted F-16s.
Germany is also implicated as, according to
Der Spiegel, it is the fourth biggest arms supplier to Saudi
Arabia, after France, Britain and Italy.
On the ground in Yemen, there are remnant
supporters of the deposed Hadi regime. Clashes between these
loyalists and the revolutionary forces have indeed contributed
to the civilian death toll. But, again, Western media attempts
at portraying the conflict as some kind of civil war are grossly
Among the pro-Hadi forces are troops from
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Several Saudi and
Emirati soldiers have been confirmed killed in recent battles in
the southern areas around the port city of Aden, as well as in
fire fights across Yemen’s northern border with Saudi Arabia.
The Saudi-led coalition has expanded its involvement in the
ground war over the past month with the arrival of artillery and
armored vehicles and up to 3,000 Saudi and UAE troops, according
to the Financial Times.
Also among the pro-Hadi forces are Jihadist
mercenaries from across the region that have been trafficked
into Yemen by the Saudis, according to Yemeni civilian and
military sources. This is the same strategy that the Saudis and
the Persian Gulf Arab regimes have been using in Syria over the
past four years to overthrow the Assad government, along with
covert support from Turkey, Jordan, Israel and Western
Western media have, of course, given copious
coverage of the Syrian war, with false narratives about
“moderate rebels” fighting against a “despotic regime”. Syria
gets covered because Washington, London and Paris want to
implement regime change there for strategic reasons to do with
undermining Assad’s allies in Russia and Iran. Whereas in Yemen
“regime reinstallation” of a corrupt exiled clique doesn’t quite
have the same story appeal. Therefore, the Western media just
The jihadists fighting in Yemen are linked to
the Sunni extremists of Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State network,
specializing in suicide bomb attacks on mosques frequented by
the Shia Houthis.
Washington and its Western allies are thus
heavily involved in an illegal war of aggression against Yemen,
prosecuted by Saudi Arabia and other Arab dictatorships working
in collusion with Islamist terror networks. Adding “efficacy” to
this state-sponsored terrorism is the humanitarian siege imposed
on the population.
What is happening in Yemen is truly a heinous
crime against humanity committed by Western governments. It is
an unspeakable crime. And that is why the Western media will not
dare talk about it. The Western media are obliged to ignore,
obfuscate and distort the shocking truth of what their
governments are committing in Yemen.
This makes the Western media just as complicit
in the appalling criminality.