War-Weariness Grows as Yemen War Enters Eighth Year

US lawmakers push for end to involvement in conflict

Another year of heavy fighting, thousands more dead, and no sign of a resolution in sight. Yemen has suffered seven years of war since the Saudi-led invasion.

It’s a war that’s gone on longer than expected, and been costlier. The Yemenis went from the region’s poorest nation to a state of near constant famine. War has dominated everything, and it’s clear many of the civilians can’t wait for it to be over.

Constantly at risk, internally displaced, endlessly dependent on food aid, Yemen is a bad place to be at any time in this war, and its only getting worse. Talk of a ceasefire for the month of Ramadan is exciting many as a rare chance for a real break in the conflict.

Peace talks don’t seem to be on the horizon, but a number of US lawmakers are stepping up calls to end all American participation in the war. Congress has voted on resolutions against the war in recent years, and it seems opposition is just growing.

Where the Biden Administration stands remains to be seen. Biden talked up ending the war early in his time in office, but more recently administration officials have been deeply critical of Yemen’s Houthis, saying they are exclusively to blame for the war’s continuation.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.