Stop Saudi war on people of Yemen


This 20 August 2019 video says about itself:

Children Who Survived the School Bus Attack in Yemen Are Still in Pain | Save the Children

One year after an air strike by the Saudi- and Emirati-led coalition hit a school bus, killing 40 children and injuring dozens more, three of the child survivors have spoken to Save the Children of their ongoing daily physical and psychological struggle.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Sunday, September 15, 2019

The Saudi war on Yemen is the real outrage

SAUDI ARABIA might slam a Houthi drone attack on its oil-producing facilities as “terrorist aggression” and find sympathetic echoes in Foreign Office statements from European and Gulf governments.

It can be confident that Western governments will ape its pretence that the drone assault was some kind of unprovoked outrage, just as they have done with previous Houthi missile attacks.

This is nonsense. No particular sympathy with the Houthi cause is required to acknowledge that the drone attack is part of a war — and a war in which the devastation wrought by Saudi Arabia in its bid to crush Yemen’s Houthi movement is the real outrage.

In four years of brutal aerial bombardment, the Saudi-led coalition has launched more than 18,000 bombing raids over Yemen.

Its war was estimated by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project to have killed 56,000 Yemenis between January 2016 and October 2018, a number that will be far higher a year on.

The United Nations announced last December that Yemen would face the worst humanitarian emergency on Earth in 2019 as a result of the Saudi war and blockade, with 24 million people or 74 per cent of the entire population in need of humanitarian assistance.

Bombing raids have targeted hospitals and blown up infrastructure including water treatment and sanitation facilities and supply pipes. The cholera outbreak that has infected well over a million Yemenis in the last three years and killed well over 2,500, around 60 per cent of whom were children, is described by the executive directors of Unicef and the World Health Organisation as “the direct consequence of two years of heavy conflict.

“Collapsing health, water and sanitation systems have cut off 14.5 million people from regular access to clean water and sanitation, increasing the ability of the disease to spread.

“Rising rates of malnutrition have weakened children’s health and made them more vulnerable to disease.”

The military results of this horrendous onslaught have been negligible. Saudi forces have not displaced the Houthi movement from any significant territory. Yet the conflict continues, Riyadh’s deep pockets ensuring it can continue to drop bombs on its victims indefinitely.

Some of the standout massacres of the conflict — such as the bombing of a warehouse in a residential area in May that killed 15 children according to Human Rights Watch, or the bomb dropped on a schoolbus on August 9 2018 that put an end to the lives of 40 six-to-11-year-olds on a school trip and the 11 adults accompanying them — have led to brief international condemnation of Saudi Arabia.

The discovery that the bomb that killed the schoolchildren had been sold to the Saudis by the United States, combined with the backlash to the murder and dismemberment of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate, almost certainly on the orders of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, led the US Senate to pass a resolution against any further role in the conflict.

It shames Britain’s government that, like that of France, it continues not only to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia for use in these killing fields but provides Riyadh with active logistical and targeting support.

So far, few countries have echoed US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s unsubstantiated claim that the Houthi drone strike on Saudi Arabia was actually the work of Iran, though Boris Johnson’s record of fawning on the Donald Trump administration means we must be ready to resist any push to exploit this incident to ignite the new Middle East conflagration Washington seems so set on.

Our immediate priority is more urgent still: to demand a complete halt to British support for this murderous war and an end to all arms sales to Saudi Arabia, and to build a peace movement strong enough to deliver on those demands.

Trump exploits drone attacks on Saudi oil facilities to threaten war against Iran: here.

Without presenting a shred of evidence, the Trump administration charged Tehran with responsibility for attacks that provide a pretext for another US war in the Middle East: here.

The threat that Washington will unleash a major new war in the Middle East continued to escalate Tuesday as US intelligence and military officials—speaking not for attribution—claimed to have established that last Saturday’s attacks on Saudi Arabian oil installations were launched from southwestern Iran. Not a shred of evidence has been provided to substantiate this charge, and, according to Pentagon officials who spoke anonymously to National Public Radio, the evidence claimed is “circumstantial,” consisting of satellite surveillance imagery showing activity at supposed Iranian launch sites in advance of the attack on Abqaiq, the world’s largest crude oil processing facility, and the Khurais oil field, both in eastern Saudi Arabia: here.

US President Donald Trump has been presented with list of targets for US military strikes against Iran as US imperialism draws ever closer to initiating an armed conflict that could prove the antechamber to a third world war: here.

5 thoughts on “Stop Saudi war on people of Yemen

  1. THE SAUDI REGIME, backed to the hilt by the US and the UK, yesterday admitted that the Houthi movement’s drone attacks on Saudi Arabia’s key oil facilities have shut down 50 per cent of its production.

    Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman acknowledged that the attacks had cut the state oil giant’s crude oil supply by around 5.7 million barrels per day, or about 50 per cent of its output. The minister noted that there had also been a halt in gas production.

    Not just the Saudi regime but Anglo-US imperialism that arms the Saudis is now in a huge crisis. Despite their massive arming of the Saudi military and extensive training of Saudi personnel, aided in the field by US and UK specialists, the imperialist powers have proved to be unable to defend the Saudi oil fields, a strategic asset that they cannot do without.

    Ten Yemeni drones hit two oil facilities of Saudi Arabia’s state oil giant Aramco in the country’s east, causing huge fires before dawn Saturday.

    Yemen’s armed forces spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Sare’e has even warned that operations will ‘expand’ and be ‘more painful’ as long as Saudi Arabia continues its military aggression.

    In August, Saudi Arabia produced 9.85 million barrels of oil per day, according to the figures from the US Energy Information Administration. In the aftermath of the successful Yemeni operation, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sought to blame Iran, claiming, ‘Tehran is behind nearly 100 attacks on Saudi Arabia’ and that ‘there is no evidence the attacks came from Yemen.’

    He added: ‘The United States will work with our partners and allies to ensure that energy markets remain well supplied and Iran is held accountable for its aggression.’

    Following the drone strikes, US President Donald Trump spoke on the phone with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the same Crown Prince who was behind the murder of Saudi dissident Kashoggi.

    Trump offered his administration’s support for what he called ‘Saudi Arabia’s self defence,’ saying the attacks on Saudi oil facilities had a negative impact on the US and global economies.

    US senator Lindsey Graham stated on Twitter on Saturday: ‘It is now time for the US to put on the table an attack on Iranian oil refineries if they continue their provocations or increase nuclear enrichment.’

    The attack by the Houthis has hit the imperialist powers hard. They may well lash out, as all mad dogs do before they are put down.

    Trade unions in the UK and the USA must warn their governments that any attempt to attack Iran will be met with general strikes to bring them down.

    There will now be a massive rise in oil prices. This will have a revolutionising effect on the world capitalist economy. In fact this crisis has a revolutionary precedent for the UK working class.

    In June 1967, Israel seized the Sinai right up to the River Nile, as well as the Golan Heights and the Gaza Strip in the Six-Day War. It was hailed as a great victory. There were 40 Israeli dead while the Egyptian, Jordanian and Syrian dead numbered over 20,000.

    The Israelis seemed to be invincible. They believed this themselves. They even printed maps showing the entire Sinai as part of a Greater Israel. However on October 7 1973, while the Israeli army was celebrating Yom Kippur, the Egyptian army crossed the Suez Canal and was able to win back the entire Sinai.

    The shock of the Egyptian victory had a huge impact on oil prices, forcing them upwards. One of the main casualties of this was the UK economy, whose government under Heath, locked in a struggle with the miners and railworkers, introduced a three-day week from January 1 1974 to make the workers pay for the crisis. This three-day week lasted till March 6th.

    By 7th February, Heath was driven to call an election, and a Labour minority government ended the three-day week before being re-elected as a majority government on Thursday October 10th. This was forced to smash all of the Tory anti-union laws.

    The lesson for today is that the ruling class will seek to dump the whole crisis onto the working class.

    https://wrp.org.uk/editorials/developing-oil-crisis-makes-it-all-the-more-vital-that-the-working-class-takes-the-power/

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