Yemen Humanitarian Crisis Worse than Syria; with US Assistance, Saudi Starving Yemen: Porter

Gelhorn Prize-winning journalist Gareth Porter:

By February 2016, the humanitarian crisis in Yemen as a result of the Saudi blockade was already worse than Syria’s. The UN Security Council had a series of meetings about humanitarian access in both Syria and Yemen, and the members of the Council agreed that resolutions should guarantee humanitarian access — the ability to get food and other humanitarian assistance — to those in need in both countries. But once again, after the Saudis intervened with the United States and its European allies to oppose such a resolution on Yemen, the idea was dropped

Although the UN agencies have offered no public estimate of the number of Yemenis who have died of malnutrition-related conditions, it is likely that the figure is much higher than the estimate of 10,000 killed directly by the Saudi-coalition bombing. United Nations agencies have estimated that 462,000 Yemeni children under five years of age are already suffering severe acute malnutrition, putting them at serious risk of death from starvation and malnutrition-related disease.

Both the Obama and Trump administrations have prioritized the US’s alliance with the Saudis and their Gulf allies over the lives of hundreds of thousands of Yemenis under imminent threat of starvation.

…the Saudi-led coalition had accounted for $130 billion in US arms sales during the Obama administration alone

The United States has [also] enabled the Saudis to pursue [this] strategy by refueling the Saudi-led coalition planes bombing Yemen and selling the bombs. Equally important, however, the US has provided the political-diplomatic cover that the Saudis need to carry out this ruthless endeavor without massive international blowback.

If Putin started bombing the US-provided military equipment Saudi dictator Salman Abdulaziz is using to starve Yemeni children (or the US equipment Israelis use to kill Palestinian children), would the US rally behind Putin for taking a stand and “doing something” to punish Abdulaziz, enforce justice and international law, and save the children?

Or are ‘beautiful babies’ and ‘humanitarianism’ more a cynical pretext for attacking countries the US is trying to conquer?

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  • el sid

    Sounds like Mr Fallon, Britain’s Defence Minister, would thoroughly approve Gareth Porter’s point:

    If “Russia responsible by proxy for Syria chemical deaths”, the same would go for the US and its proxy Saudi Arabia.

  • el sid

    Now they’re going for Tuksi Gabbard

    “[Howard] Dean, who served as Vermont Governor from 1991 to 2003 and led the DNC from 2005 to 2009, branded Gabbard’s stance on Syria “a disgrace.”

    “Gabbard should not be in Congress,” he wrote on Twitter on Sunday. Asked by one of the users why the former Governor did not display a similar indignation over “Hillary Clinton’s mistakes,” Dean responded: “Engaging in dialogue isn’t the problem. It’s claiming there is doubt Assad uses chemical warfare.”

    Major Gabbard:

    Despite being repeatedly pressed by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer to
    unconditionally accept the so far unrevealed intelligence, Gabbard
    retorted: “Last time I checked, Wolf, the Congress has the authority
    and responsibility for declaring war, for authorizing use of military

    “Whether the President or the Pentagon or the
    Secretary of State say they have the evidence the fact remains that they
    have not brought that evidence before Congress, they have not brought
    that evidence before the American people and have not sought
    authorization from Congress to launch this military attack on another
    country,” Gabbard said.

    • jo6pac

      Those wacky liberal neo-conns.

      Please everyone send and email to
      to show support of Major Gabbard.

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    The US is using emotion in a pitiful “Joseph Goebbels” attempt to hypnotize the masses with emotion. If I recall correctly, the Nazis had staged a hijack their own radio station, in Poland,39, and faked an inflaming broadcast indicating polish assault on the Ethnic German Population. Therefore, Invasion was necessary to protect the children. The US government is only applying what it learned from the Nazis.