A week in to Saudi Arabia’s war on Yemen has done a lot to transform public sentiment among Yemenis on the matter. Once seen as a limited conflict aimed at the Shi’ite Houthis, the toll has been hugely civilian in nature.
The civilian toll is in excess of 170 after today’s attack on a dairy, and the previous attack on the refugee camp, and so on. That, and the Saudis openly blocking the Red Cross from delivering humanitarian aid, has had a jarring effect on war opinion.
Even some of the war’s most outspoken supports like Abdulaziz Jubari, the leader of a pro-Hadi political party which cheered the war, nominally the reinstall the old ruler, is having a dramatic change of heart.
“We backed President Hadi and attended the Arab League hoping to meet Arab leaders and try to end the crisis in Yemen. We had no intention this was going to be a war against our own people,” Jubari explained, demanding the immediate end of Saudi strikes.
Residents in the capital of Sanaa complained the war had chased most of the aid workers out of the country, and had halted the supplies, needed now more than ever, as the strikes escalate.
Nationwide, the Houthis didn’t command much popular support going into this war, but could quickly find themselves embraced as the sole remaining defenders of Yemeni sovereignty, a situation that has so often happened in military interventions across the region.
About the only Yemeni still publicly endorsing the war is Hadi himself, from whatever city he is presently in exile, as he sees the Saudi war, whatever the death toll that results, as his only chance to regain power over the nation after his resignation in January.
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"…We had no intention this was going to be a war against our own people,”
…I didn't mean to, really I didn't.
Does that mean, in his case, that he didn't know these would be typical results? That'd be more naivete then I'd credit most anyone for…
Shameless and godless butchers. One wonders who they are aping now.
Another country turned to chaos and death. Thanks, USA.
The bill of rights is a dead letter? You bet it’s a dead letter as it’s been dead for 20 years.”
As I grew up in the slums of Milwaukee, Minneapolis and LA, as everyone here is of the intelligent middle-class and has been spared such degrading and enslaving poverty, may I clue you in that only for your class has your rights been dead for 20 years.
For those above your class, the rich Country-club class and the super-rich High Society, surely they will always have their rights as the Bill of Rights was written just for them by our slave owning rich nobility.
For all of the wealth in America has always been owned only by the upper half of society. For the lower half is the laboring-class and so long as Empire USA is alive and drone killing, enslaved by poverty shall every laboring man be, the most effect tool of slavery known to man.
So, ask yourself this, when the rich nobility wrote the bill of rights, did they not know that everyone is driven by greed and that democracy is nothing but slavery by and for the most educated 51% of society? Surely, for if their goal was democracy for all, they would have put a cap on how much of our nation’s wealth the upper half may hoard. For perfection in government is achieved when at least 25% of the wealth is always trickling down to the lower half.
What's the problem? They are conducting their warcrimes just as the AmeriKan ally would.
The first USG alli was Saudi arabia, then israel was created to stand the Arab nationalism and to become the only force dominating middle east, both turned to be the usa/Europe enemies, now USG and europe facing and in reality not only fighting their "allies" but allies created terrorism in Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and in heart of Europe and U.S. cities, these terrorist groups namely are Al-Queada, Al- everything, Al-ISIS and Al-Others. What is worse here is that they never learnend and it seams that they don't use their brains to learn from from their deceptive, inhuman history of war and warmongers they created.
Sorry, Mojo. They learned their lesson quite well. USG policies are a smashing success when measured against the real goals of those in control: 1) profits for arms manufacturers and military contractors, 2) career enhancement for military brass and civilian employees of DoD, State and CIA, 3) sensational headlines and 4) pork for Congressional Districts. These goals are far more important than stability, democracy, friendship, human rights, oil or even hegemony.
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