Do Western Nations Care About Yemeni Lives or Saudi Blood Money?

How much is the life of a Yemeni
worth? Not much, according to the Saudi regime that has been bombing and starving
the people of Yemen for since March 2015, or to the Saudi’s western backers,
particularly the US and UK, which have been supplying the Saudi regime with
weapons, military training, logistical support and diplomatic cover for its
dirty interventionist war.

The latest outrage is the October
8 bombing of a packed funeral hall in Yemen’s capital city of Sanaa. This horrendous
attack killed more than 140 people and injured about 600 more.

On the heels of this attack
comes a blistering report
by Reuters
showing, through Freedom of Information Act documents,
that the Obama
administration went ahead with a $1.3 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia last
year despite warnings from US officials that the United States could be implicated
in war crimes for supporting a Saudi-led air campaign in Yemen that has killed
thousands of civilians.

What has been the US and UK
governments’ response to the funeral bombing? The British government announced
UK arms sales to the Saudis is “under careful and continual review”, while the
Obama administration issued a statement that US support for Saudis is not a
“blank check” and that the US was “prepared to adjust our support so as to better
align with US principles, values and interests.”

The “principles, values and
interests” of the Western powers, however, have been to buy cheap Saudi oil
and make record profits by selling massive quantities of weapons to one of the
most repressive countries in the world.

Ever since the founding of the kingdom in 1932, the West has allied itself
with a government that beheads nonviolent dissidents, forces women to live under
the dictates of male guardians, treats foreign workers like indentured servants,
spreads the intolerant Wahhabi version of Islam around the world, funds terrorist
groups, crushes democratic uprisings in neighboring countries like Bahrain and
now wages a catastrophic war in one of the poorest countries in the Arab world,
Yemen.

Yemenis are furious about the
latest Saudi massacre, as well as Western complicity and the lack of action
on the part of the international community. Thousands marched on the UN headquarters
demanding a UN investigation. Others are amassing at the Saudi border, calling
for revenge and perhaps sparking an even wider conflict.

In the US, Senator Chris Murphy from Connecticut is one of the few representatives
expressing
outrage
. He said the Saudi attack on funeral party follows months of attacks
on schools, homes, and hospitals. “If the U.S. is serious when it says our support
for Saudi Arabia isn’t a blank check, then it’s time to prove it – because it’s
clear the Saudi-led coalition isn’t listening. The administration…

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