No more excuses – the Saudi-led war in Yemen must end now

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Finally, the Senate is flexing its atrophied muscles by voting to advance a resolution to end military support for the Saudi-led US-backed war in Yemen. This marks the first time in US history that the Senate has resurrected the War Powers Resolution Act (1973), to end the monstrous illegal war in Yemen. This is also a rebuke of President Trump’s handling of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Secretary of state Mike Pompeo and defence secretary Jim Mattis soiled their reputations by urging the senators to vote against the resolution.

Senator Sanders countered Pompeo and Mattis by demanding that the humanitarian crisis in Yemen be addressed, and urged the US to end the “despotic dictatorship in Saudi Arabia, that we will no longer be part of their destructive military adventurism”.

The Saudi-led war in Yemen has created the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with 14 million of Yemen’s 28 million people on the brink of famine and facing a huge cholera epidemic. A recent report by Save the Children estimated 85,000 children under the age of five have died from acute malnutrition brought on by this genocidal war. Since Mohammed bin Salman assumed power he has been flashing his oil money to attract western allies grovelling for his attention and wealth.

The US and our many European allies have supplied Saudi Arabia with weapons of war and are therefore complicit in their war crimes. This MUST stop.

Jagjit Singh
Los Altos, California


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