This past week, the UN Human Rights Council voted against continuing a probe into possible war crimes in Yemen.
While “human rights” as it is defined and continually redefined by the largely secular powers is not our concern, what is is innocent civilians being bombed and quite literally starved to death in Yemen.
There is simply no way to justify these actions, and Saudi Arabia’s belligerent actions, as well as US complicity in it, is disgusting. After all, it’s reported that pressure from Saudi Arabia and its allies is the reason that the probe was blocked.
There are ways to wage war, and Saudi Arabia seems incapable of waging a successful one that does minimum damage to the most vulnerable. What’s happening is more the converse—a protracted war that does maximum damage to civilians while opposing forces still maintain significant control of the country.
The Houthis are also not without blood on their hands.
Here’s a whole list of attacks on or near hospitals committed by both the Houthis and the Saudi-led coalition, though the majority are from the Saudi side. In 2018, Saudi Arabia bombed a school bus, killing at least 40 children.
The Saudi-led coalition also has far more access to high-powered weaponry that could do much more harm when used carelessly. This access, however, is likely changing.
The oil-rich country also has more power on the global stage, which is likely why they can get away with carrying out war in this way. This past April, the UK cut humanitarian aid to Yemen about two months after selling Saudi Arabia 1.4 billion Pounds (about $1.9 billion) in arms.
How disgusting this whole situation is.
The UN probe was at least a way to shed more light on this grave situation and the people who live in peril.
How long will this war be fought to the detriment of the Yemini people? What is Saudi Arabia’s plan? Where are the human rights warriors of the Western world?