Last month, Saudi warplanes attacked a busload of school children in northern Yemen, killing scores of them. The strike used a US-provided bomb, and led to major Congressional moves to limit involvement in the war. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, on Wednesday, signed off on Saudi activities, bypassing Congressional limits.
Having dodged a bullet in avoiding Congressional attempts to halt US aid, the Saudis clearly haven’t learned anything, however, as on Thursday, Saudi warplanes attacked a bus station in the port city of Hodeidah, killing at least 20 civilians, mostly children.
Saudi forces have carried out multiple attacks against Hodeidah in recent days, trying to help Yemen forces attack the vital aid port. Yet as has often been a problem with Saudi airstrikes in Yemen, their targeting seems haphazard, and as likely to just hit a bus depot full of civilians waiting to evacuate as any combatants.
Very public incidents of civilian deaths, especially egregious cases of killing children in buses, have meant a lot of patience with the Saudi war has run out. Such incidents are likely to continue to undermine what little international support the war still enjoys.
5 thoughts on “Saudi Warplanes Attack Yemen Bus Station, Killing at Least 20 Civilians”
This war is clearly being funded by big Bussing to drive up the price of public transport.
Even killing “combatants” is surely an unnecessary crime. Have the Houthis no rights?
This wasn’t an accident. The US provides the Saudis with excellent logistics and precise technology, and the Saudis use this to target civilians, then we send them more. Do the math. This is collective punishment against a population for supporting the Houthi uprising. This is just like Vietnam. It’s genocide. The Saudis are performing it and we’re directing it. Pompeo and Trump belong in stockades at the Hague. No more pussy-footing around. This sh*t needs to stop and any antiwar voice who refuses to call it exactly what it is, isn’t really an antiwar voice at all. No more dead children.
Even though the Democrats are probably not going to be a whole lot better on the antiwar front, I’m convinced we will see the beginning of the end for Trump and the GOP on election day. You’re right, sadly, we have no ability to stop them from being murderers.
We can rise up and raise holy hell. People like Justin, Rand Paul, and Tucker Carlson could speak out and demand their followers do the same. There is a legitimate anti-interventionist camp within Trump’s supporters and their leadership is failing them and failing the movement. If Justin can’t find the stones to speak out against genocide he needs to f**king retire.
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