Reading – Information Clearing House: Do Western Nations Care About Yemeni Lives Or Saudi Blood Money?


In the article on informationclearinghouse.info, Medea Benjamin reports on how much the life of a Yemeni worth for the Saudi regime or to the Saudi’s western backers is, citing a source expressing outrage about the Saudi attack on funeral “If the U.S. is serious when it says our support for Saudi Arabia isn’t a blank check, then it’s time to prove it.”

Do Western Nations Care About Yemeni Lives Or Saudi Blood Money?

By Medea Benjamin

October 13, 2016 “Information Clearing House” – How much is the life of a Yemeni worth? Not much, according to the Saudi regime that has been bombing and starving the people of Yemen for since March 2015, or to the Saudi’s western backers, particularly the US and UK, which have been supplying the Saudi regime with weapons, military training, logistical support and diplomatic cover for its dirty interventionist war.

The latest outrage is the October 8 bombing of a packed funeral hall in Yemen’s capital city of Sanaa. This horrendous attack killed more than 140 people and injured about 600 more.

On the heels of this attack comes a blistering report by Reuters showing, through Freedom of Information Act documents, that the Obama administration went ahead with a $1.3 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia last year despite warnings from US officials that the United States could be implicated in war crimes for supporting a Saudi-led air campaign in Yemen that has killed thousands of civilians.

What has been the US and UK governments’ response to the funeral bombing? The British government announced UK arms sales to the Saudis is “under careful and continual review”, while the Obama administration issued a statement that US support for Saudis is not a “blank check” and that the US was “prepared to adjust our support so as to better align with US principles, values and interests.”

The “principles, values and interests” of the Western powers, however, have been to buy cheap Saudi oil and make record profits by selling massive quantities of weapons to one of the most repressive countries in the world. ~ continue reading on informationclearinghouse.info

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