As a study released today shows the US has killed perhaps more than 2 million people in the last decade of its wars on the Middle East, the US is now supporting a Saudi invasion of Yemen.
The government of Saudi Arabia began a military operation in Yemen against the Shiite Houthi rebels, early Thursday local time. Some reports say the operation could involve 150,000 troops and 100 fighter jets.
According to Reuters news agency, the United States coordinated with the Saudi government ahead of the attacks.
In a statement released late Wednesday, the White House confirmed it will provide logistical and intelligence support for the operation.
Saudi Arabia is one of the world’s most repressive states, and has a deal with Pakistan for delivery of nuclear weapons at its request (see BBC’s “Saudi Nuclear Weapons on Order from Pakistan”).
In the 1980s, the US supported an invasion by Saddam Hussein’s Iraq of Iran. The US provided Hussein with advanced weaponry, chemical weapons, and plans for building chemical weapons facilities. The attack killed some 1,000,0000 Iranians.
Israel, the top recipient of US funding and backing, is a rogue nuclear state that continually invades its neighbors, killing tens of thousands, and continues to illegally occupy and colonize Palestine and Syria. Israel now openly rejects the legally required and near-uniformly internationally supported two state solution (for Israel to return to its 1967 borders).
Yet a country that does not carry out invasions and does not have nuclear weapons, has “democratic institutions” (as do the US and China), and in fact is the most inspected country in the world (whereas Israel does not permit even US inspections), Iran, is under US siege (sanction).
As the US now teams up with an ultra-repressive member of its global network for another illegal war, we are again to believe that it is all for freedom, democracy, human rights, and other such babble, when this network, of course, is simply a menace.
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