Markets, schools, and hospitals bombed. Hundreds of civilians—including at least 200 children—killed so far in unlawful airstrikes. Repeated use of internationally banned cluster bombs that have caused civilian casualties. These are just some of the devastating consequences of the Saudi-led coalition’s 18 month-long air campaign in Yemen. Yet… despite extensive on-the-ground documentation by Human Rights Watch of these violations, the US continues to fuel the conflict. After selling over $20 billion dollars in weapons to Saudi Arabia in 2015, some in Washington want to add another $1.15 billion dollars in arms sales. A bipartisan group of US senators are taking action to stop enabling Saudi Arabia’s to commit more abuses in Yemen. They have introduced legislation to slow this sale. Time is running out—the Senate will vote on this resolution as early as Tuesday, September 20. WE NEED YOU to tell your senators to support this critical resolution now.
If you want to understand the motives behind U.S. foreign policy, you should not ask what is the morally correct thing to do, but rather what will be the most profitable for the defense industry, lest we forget that political power is determined by concentrations of wealth. If you keep up with current events, you might have recently heard that the Obama admin signed a deal to allot $38,000,000,000 in military aid to Israel over the next decade, but the vast majority of these funds will be recycled into the coffers of U.S. defense contractors. A more accurate headline would read 'Washington provides 38 billion in corporate welfare for the defense industry.' Saudi Arabia is second only to Israel as a beneficiary of Washington largess, a relationship solidified by the petrodollar system that is especially profitable for the defense industry. As I pointed out in a past article, the Saudi coalition's bombing campaign in Yemen is a genocide by five of the six criteria set forth by the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide; this has been extensively documented by HRW, MSF, and other western NGOs working in Yemen. And while I generally agree with their cause, I don't think the bought out senate, who spend 30 hours a week soliciting campaign donations, is the proper channel to propagate the cause. Instead of taking this message to Washington, HRW should take it directly to the American people, and pressure msm outlets to cover the atrocities in Yemen because the only thing that will stop the further authorization of arm sales in its tracks is a critical mass of outraged voters during an election year. Senators generally won't change their vote unless it could potentially cost them their jobs.