“The situation remains dire...[Yemen is] in the midst of the world’s largest humanitarian crisis." —the United Nations
North Yemen, the Arab Republic.
South Yemen, the Socialist People's Republic.
The proposal for the use of force went to the United Nations.
Egypt, for example, had $15 billion of debt wiped away for voting in favor of the resolution.
The Yemeni ambassador to the United Nations was told by a U.S. official:
“That was the most expensive ‘no’ vote you ever cast.”
By 2012, there were over 1000.
There’s simply no doubt that the drone program is a terror-generating program.
The village of al-Majalah was attacked, and 55 Yemenis (21 children) were killed.
In 2011 and 2012 alone, 54 U.S. drone strikes killed nearly 300 people.
The Houthis refused to participate in what they considered to be an un-democratic single-candidate election.
They demanded an end to the price hikes, and the dissolution of the Hadi government.
Unhappy with the prospects of the negotiations, the Houthis ultimately marched South and seized the capital, Saana, in September 2014.
The Houthis then formed a surprising alliance with the former Saleh government loyalists in fighting the Saudi-backed Hadi forces.
It’s a deeply flawed alliance, with a lot of internal violence.
The United States helps Saudi pilots pick targets to attack.
They also provide 100% of the mid-air refueling for Saudi jets, increasing the number of air raids possible in single missions.
These two conflicting policies make strategic planning in Washington quite difficult.
The South is divided between Hadi loyalists and AQAP.
The United Nations has declared the situation in Yemen to be “the world’s worst humanitarian crisis” in decades.
Millions more are on the brink of starvation.
Over 2 million have been internally displaced.
10,000 have been killed by the U.S.-backed Saudi coalition.
Donald Trump named Yemen as one of the seven Muslim-majority countries in his travel ban.
Yemen is spiraling into genocide, and the U.S. must open its doors.
Any efforts toward democratic revival and open elections should be met with unwavering support from the international community.
Millions are suffering.
This has to end.