Saudis Issue Royal Pardon for Everything Soldiers Have Done in Yemen

Saudi Arabia Issues Royal Pardon for Everything Soldiers Have Done in Yemen

No punishment for any troops' misdeeds

Posted on July 11, 2018:ANTIWAR.con

On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia announced that it is issuing a royal pardon for any and all Saudi t... engaged in the war in Yemen, covering all crimes related to violating military rules and discipline. They said this is to show appreciation for the “heroics” of the invading forces.

The Saudi invasion of Yemen has been widely controversial internationally. Saudi airstrikes have killed massive numbers of Yemeni civilians, and the war has also caused a famine, and the largest cholera epidemic in human history.

Faced with UN criticism, Saudi officials heavily resisted allegations of wrongdoing, and ultimately got the UN to agree that Saudi Arabia would be allowed to investigate its own forces, and police themselves. This pardon shows none of that is going to matter.

It is unclear what prompted the pardon to be offered no, as the war shows no sign of ending, and there is no suggestion from official reports that the Saudis had punished any of their troops more than nominally for war crimes in the first place.

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U.S. pullout of Yemen war would send “a wrong message”

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The White House and State Department have reaffirmed the US commitment to its lead military role in executing the Saudi coalition war on Yemen. This despite mounting civilian deaths numbering tens of thousands, devastating famine and food shortage, a cholera epidemic — all factors behind what the U.N. has dubbed “the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.” 

In comments on Sunday a top State Department official quoted by Reuters said a US pullout from the Saudi coalition would send “a wrong message. But we would ask: what then is the message here?…

The official framed the conflict fundamentally in terms of countering Iran and bolstering the regional standing of key ally Saudi Arabia in a civil war that’s been raging in neighboring Yemen since 2015.

The official, Timothy Lenderking, deputy assistant secretary for Arabian Gulf affairs, told a security forum in the United Arab Emirates, per Reuters:

“There are pressures in our system… to either withdraw from the conflict or discontinue our support of the coalition, which we are strongly opposed to on the administration side.”

“We do believe that the support for the coalition is necessary. It sends a wrong message if we discontinue our support,” he added.

Like all administrations going back to 2001, the White House has relied on the 9/11-era Authorization For Use of Military Force (AUMF) to give legal justification for its actions in the Arabian peninsula. 1200w, 992w" sizes="100vw" />

But in Yemen the target not primarily al-Qaeda, ISIS, or Sunni Islamist militants, but Iran — which the Trump administration has repeatedly accused of supplying Yemen’s Shia Houthis with its ballistic missile arsenal.

Like Putin is to NATO expansion, Iran is the hidden bogeyman that’s formed the basis of Pentagon “justification” for perpetually remaining in the costly war despite Congress never having authorized it, and despite the unpopularity of the war among an increasingly aware American public. 

In late November, the Senate passed a resolution to debate whether the president has the authority to support the Saudi coalition in Yemen. Though last month the US announced it would halt the refueling of Saudi-UAE coalition jets, it still remains deeply involved in orchestrating military operations. 

But ironically, none of the growing scrutiny of the war has come to pass based on any concern that it’s American bombs wiping out Yemeni children, but based on one Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist’s death.

Yesterday, Congress violated the Constitution and the War Powers Act by voting to block and further moves by Congress, to withdraw U.S. forces from the wholesale slaughter and genocide currently taking place in Yemen. This move was done using the Farm Bill.

Many Americans are wondering what, exactly, a Farm Bill has to do with genocide in Yemen. The answer to that question is absolutely nothing. However, it does make for a good hiding place for insidious and illegal legislation, which is why the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 contained a section which removed the application of the War Powers Resolution.

As the mainstream media reported on the government finally legalizing a plant—industrial hemp—that should have never been illegal in the first place, one of the most disgusting moves ever by Congress was carried out in the dark like cockroaches.

“To avoid a debate on whether the US should be involved in a war in Yemen, today our leadership will trick members into suspending the provisions of the War Powers Act,” tweeted representative Thomas Massie yesterday morning. “Sad!” he said. “Despicable” that House Speaker Paul Ryan “is shirking responsibility for debating our involvement in the Yemen war by hiding the war resolution in a procedural vote on the farm bill.”

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The US Senate has voted 56 to 41 to sorta-kinda eventually end America's part in the Saudi-led war in Yemen, one step out of a great many that will need to happen in order to end the worst humanitarian crisis on the face of the earth.

The struggle to dominate the Middle East remains one of the foremost priorities of elite power in this world, and they're going to do everything they can not to let a few piles of dead children interfere with an important alliance. The butchery in Yemen is the single worst thing that is happening in the world today.

Republican leaders were ultimately successful in blocking a vote on the war in Yemen in the House of Representative until a new Congress takes over in January. Marwan Al-Sabri, a 32-year old water and sanitation officer from Taiz Yemen stated: “We already know that the shelling kills people, but I am seeing what a broken economy does too. People have been left so desperately poor that they kill themselves before the hunger does.”

The Senate Joint Resolution 54 invoked the War Powers Act to end all U.S. involvement in the war in Yemen, arguing that Congress never voted to go to war in Yemen, and passed the Republican-led Senate but failed in the Democrat-controlled House. We can blame Paul Ryan for derailing the vote on Yemen, but he didn’t stop the Yemen bill himself; he had help from Democrats in the House.

Australia has for years employed a deterrence policy to disincentivize refugees from reaching its shores. However, a new report has found Canberra has played a major hand in creating the very asylum-seekers it despises.

Just last week, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) released a bombshell report that showed the Australian government had approved the export of dozens of shipments of military equipment to the Saudi-led coalition, currently wreaking a deadly war of aggression in Yemen, the poorest, most impoverished nation in the Arab world.

According to the report, Internal Defence Department documents, obtained under Freedom of information (FOI) requests, and from parliamentary hearings, have revealed that the government granted at least 37 export permits for military equipment to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and 20 to Saudi Arabia.

In January this year, Canberra also announced it was seeking to become one of the world’s top ten arms exporters, unveiling a new loan scheme for defence companies who are willing to sell Australian products overseas. Before this, Australian defense exports amounted to about $2 billion a year, apparently a figure too low for the government as it is presently only the world’s 20th largest arms exporter.

Australia projects it will spend $200 million between now and 2028 in order to reach that goal. At the time of its announcement, Australia’s Defence Industry Minister said that Australia would focus on boosting exports to its allies within the Five Eyes Alliance which includes New Zealand, Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.

Social media giant Facebook has been censoring images of starving children in Yemen, claiming that pictures of malnourished girls constitute  “sexual content”.

The social network has repeatedly blocked images attached to a New York Times article about the on-going conflict, which has seen more than 100,000 people killed and over three million displaced.

The article, published earlier this month, featured a picture of Abrar Ibrahim, a 12-year-old emaciated girl in Yemen who weighs just 12.7 kilograms. She is dressed only in a diaper as her ribcage protrudes clearly through her skin.

However, several reporters and activists who attempted to share the piece on Facebook have found their posts repeatedly blocked, with the message “Your post goes against our Community Standards on nudity or sexual activity”.

They said this is to show appreciation for the “heroics” of the invading forces.

TRANSLATION:  This is to advertize (for free, no less) to the entire world that The House Of Sod is desparate to attract more mercenaries to finish the job.  Step right up!! Free asylum!!!

David Kirkpatrick of the New York Times caused an international stir by estimating that 20 percent of Sudanese fighters in Yemen may be 13-17, e., child soldiers. The percentage may be as high as 40%.

That these child soldiers appear to have been paid for by Saudi Arabia at a time when, because of the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Arabia is in bad odor anyway, contributed to the sensation. Virtually every Arabic newspaper and news site is leading with the Times story.

Opposition to the US role in supporting Saudi Arabia and its allies in the war on Yemen's Houthi rebels has grown, as the UN has announced that 10 million Yemens out of 28 million are in danger of starving to death if the war goes on.

That the Saudi commanders were too afraid to go anywhere near the front in Yemen and just gave cell phones to Yemeni commanders, according to Kirkpatrick, underlines that there are very few Saudi or UAE ground troops in Yemen, since the Saudi strategy is to bombard safely from the air and to do so indiscriminately, without regard for human welfare."

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