Another Saudi Coalition Wedding Massacre in Yemen

Originally appeared on The American Conservative.

The Saudi coalition slaughtered more Yemeni wedding-goers in another massacre today:

This is just the latest wedding massacre carried out by Saudi coalition forces. The coalition has illegally treated all of Saada as a military target for three years, and it has routinely struck civilian targets ever since. U.S. military assistance to the coalition enables attacks like this one, and it has not made coalition attacks any less likely to hit civilian targets. On the contrary, by providing the coalition with unconditional backing for its campaign and refusing to criticize them for their war crimes the U.S. makes attacks on civilians a certainty. There is no excuse for providing weapons and fuel to governments that slaughter people in their homes, schools, markets, and during their wedding celebrations. That support must end, and it is long past time that Congress voted to end it.

The coalition has consistently shown flagrant disregard for the lives of civilians in Yemen. A similar wedding massacre in a small village in Hajjah in April of this year killed 23 people, including the bride. Alex Potter visited the site and reported on the condition of the survivors earlier this month:

The missile had struck around 11 p.m., killing 23 of the revelers, and wounding over 60, according to villagers who spoke with The Intercept. Most of the dead were in pieces.

“It took us over a week to find all the body parts,” Saleh Yahya said in an interview in Al-Raqah on May 6, two weeks after the strike.

Al-Raqah isn’t on most maps; it’s no more than a blip on a hillside two and a half hours from the city of Hajjah, and over an hour from any paved road. To get to Al-Raqah, one follows a rocky and nearly dry river bed, and the directions offered by locals. There are few vehicles around, other than the occasional motorcycle; anything more would break down on the rough path. This is a place for farmers, not fighters.

The Trump administration frequently complains about Yemeni missile attacks on Saudi Arabia, but no one from this administration ever says anything about the numerous documented war crimes committed by the Saudis and Emiratis against innocent civilians in Yemen. The U.S. simply ignores the evidence of coalition war crimes in order to continue providing military assistance to them, and the result is that hundreds and thousands of Yemeni civilians are killed with our help.

Daniel Larison is a senior editor at The American Conservative, where he also keeps a solo blog. He has been published in the New York Times Book Review, Dallas Morning News, Orthodox Life, Front Porch Republic, The American Scene, and Culture11, and is a columnist for The Week. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago, and resides in Dallas. Follow him on Twitter. This article is reprinted from The American Conservative with permission.

9 thoughts on “Another Saudi Coalition Wedding Massacre in Yemen”

  1. The shameless cruelty of Saudi Arabia knows no bounds. Trump has a lot of blood on his hands. He could end this immediately if he wished to. Clearly he doesn’t wish to.

    Hop aboard the peace train, folks! Never mind the severed limbs lining the tracks. Just focus on all those lovely empty promises of putting America first.

    1. Also Obama, who started the policy of supporting KSA in their brutal Yemen enterprise. And where was/is the US media? Apparently, not interested.

      1. Every living president is a psychopath, most of the dead ones too, for that matter, but the current one is the current problem. I can only hang one despot at a time, metaphorically speaking, of coarse. ;-)

        Happy Fourth…

        1. The presidents represent the system, which is ultimately us. After 200 years of hard work, Americans decided after WWII that they wanted more than they earned; since then, the politicians have provided what people want – a better lifestyle than they can afford. This means that the money comes from elsewhere – hence, unsustainable levels of public debt – over $20 trillion – and wars to grab oil. The ultimate problem is the American consumer, and his/her lust for bigger cars, cheaper gas, bigger houses, fancier suburbs, newer highways, etc. If Americans simply lived within their means, most problems would disappear. But they won’t, so the politicians keep developing one insane policy after the other.

          1. Agreed. But it didn’t start after WW2. America’s gimme, gimme, gimme culture started with Columbus. People who live within their means don’t usually require slaves.

    2. The Saudis learned from the best. The U.S. made a high sport of crashing wedding parties in Afghanistan and Iraq.

      Very effective cultural warfare; in addition to the symbolism there’s the local notables to be killed, including artists like musicians and singers.

      Its too bad Trump has to play along with this. Obama’s crimes now become his, as Obama embraced the crimes of Bush before him. Unless of course, Trump can somehow end the hot wars.

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