The Senate is near a vote to end US participation in Saudi Arabia’s grotesque war in Yemen. Over half a million dead since the Saudis intervened in early 2015 to return the pro-Saudi, Yemen government to power in the Yemen civil war from a year earlier.
Regarding all those dead Yemenis, Saudi Arabia saluted Uncle Sam, “Couldn’t have done it without you.” Our murderous Uncle supplies most of the planes, fuel, bombs, intelligence and gleeful moral support. Why? For America, it’s a proxy war against our bête noir Iran, who we fear was extending their influence in the region. That half million dead Yemenis were simply collateral damage.
If the resolution passes, the Saudi military operations in Yemen will go ‘Poof’.
Resolution champion, Sen. Bernie Sanders, who may bring the resolution to the Senate floor as early as today, believes it will pass. My senators remain divided. Sen. Dick Durbin was a co-sponsor and will vote to pass. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, a loyal supporter of robust and endless US military intervention, remains uncommitted. Fellow Illinoisans should contact her at 833-STOP-WAR and request she hop on board the Yemen Peace Train.
Walt Zlotow became involved in antiwar activities upon entering University of Chicago in 1963. He is current president of the West Suburban Peace Coalition based in the Chicago western suburbs. He blogs daily on antiwar and other issues at www.heartlandprogressive.blogspot.com.