America’s Genocide in Yemen Starts Tuesday

by Eric Zuesse

(AP Photo/Hani Mohammed Nov. 2017)

The Houthis in Yemen are expected to start being slaughtered en-masse on June 12th. The U.S.-Saudi-UAE plan is to destroy the Yemenese port city of Al Hudaydah, which is the only entry-way by which food reaches approximately seven million Shiites, members of the Houthi tribe, who occupy the western third of Yemen, and who had recently ruled all of Yemen. The U.S. provides the weapons and the training, and the United Arab Emirates supplies the pilots for this operation, which is financed mainly by the Saudis. The objective is to establish a joint UAE-Saudi-run government of Yemen.
On Monday, June 11th, the New York Times bannered “U.N. Pulls Out of City in Yemen, Fearing Bloody Assault by Arab Coalition”. That report didn’t mention that this is America’s fundamentalist-Sunni coalition of Arab monarchies, using American weapons, in order to bomb and blockade, and now starve to death, approximately seven million Houthis, and that it’s part of a broader war in which the U.S. and Israel are allied with fundamentalist-Sunni monarchies, which are trying to conquer Shiite-run countries, especially Yemen, Syria, and ultimately Iran. The Houthis are Shia, not Sunni. On 24 October 2014, a Houthi leader was interviewed in Yemen Times, which reported:

Al-Bukhaiti does not think that ‘the Iranian system’ [a Shia theocracy] could ever be implemented in the country. Neither do the Houthis have any interest in bringing back the Imamate. Instead, he describes the Zaydi [their Shia] doctrine as ‘republican’ and the Houthi group as ‘liberal’.”

None of America’s Islamic allies is even remotely like that description.
America’s alliance of fundamentalist-Sunni Arab monarchies call Iran especially an “existential threat” to themselves, because Iran, and Shiites generally, are opposed to monarchical governments, especially after 1979, when Iranians overthrew the U.S. CIA-installed (in 1953) Shah. And all of America’s allies in the Middle East, other than theocratic-Jewish apartheid Israel, are fundamentalist-Sunni monarchies.
The reason the U.N. is pulling out is to avoid being killed by these American missiles and bombs, which are expected to produce, by means of these UAE and Saudi proxy-fighters, a rare American victory in the Middle East.
The United Arab Emirates are providing the U.S.-trained pilots, who will drop U.S. bombs from U.S. planes, so as to destroy Al Hudaydah, and thereby completely block any food from reaching the seven-to eight million food-stranded Houthi Shiites.
The New York Times report said,

Diplomats involved in behind-the-scenes negotiations say that the United Arab Emirates officially warned the British government on Friday that an attack on Al Hudaydah was imminent. The Emiratis said they would give three days for humanitarian workers and nongovernmental organizations to flee the city. The International Committee for the Red Cross removed its staff from the city over the weekend….[The U.S. Secretary of State,] Mr. Pompeo said that in his conversation with the Emiratis he had made clear the United States’ ‘desire to address their security concerns while preserving the free flow of humanitarian aid and lifesaving commercial imports,’ the statement said.”

On June 5th, Agence France Presse reported that,

More than 22 million people are now in serious need of aid, with 8.4 million on the brink of starvation, according to the United Nations.”

So, while the U.S. has approved this operation, the U.S. also has a “desire” to be “preserving the free flow of” food, and this suggests that the U.S. Government intends that the blame for the expected genocide will fall only upon America’s fundamentalist-Sunni royal partners, who are expected to be running Yemen afterward. Whatever “concerns” for “preserving the free flow of humanitarian aid and lifesaving commercial imports” that the U.S. might have had, will, no doubt, show up during the starvation-operation, which will follow the bombardment of Al Hudaydah.
This mission is clearly important to the Trump Administration. The New York Times report closes: “American military officials do not want Congress to prevent military aid to the two nations [UAE and Saudi Arabia], both of which are crucial allies in counterterrorism, nor do they want a vacuum of power in Yemen to result in a new incubator for extremist groups like the Islamic State [which group is fundamentalist-Sunni, like America’s allies, the monarchs in UAE and Saudi Arabia, are] and Al Qaeda [which also is fundamentalist-Sunni]. Diplomats in the region say they believe that only more pressure from Washington will stop the planned assault.” The U.S. has instead given its allies the go-ahead to proceed.
Trump had said, when he campaigned for the Presidency in 2016, that he had opposed the 2003 invasion of Iraq. However, no record existed confirming that that had been so. In any case, there has been no indication of anything like such sentiments from him since he became President, and all of the people whom he has appointed to diplomatic and military posts have been consistent supporters of American invasions, including of Iraq. But this time around, the U.S. is not providing any of the actual troops.
Thus far in his Presidency, Trump has sold to the royal family of Saudi Arabia $400 billion in U.S.-made weapons and training. Additional billions have been sold to UAE. So, the war in Yemen is profitable for American firms such as Lockheed Martin. And no American is likely to get the blame. Perhaps Trump has learned something, after all, from the experience of George W. Bush. Trump is aspiring to win the Nobel Peace Prize, which his immediate predecessor, Barack Obama, had won. (After winning that, Obama bombed Libya in 2011, but Obama’s Prize was never retracted.) Perhaps Trump has sound reason to be optimistic.

Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.


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Jun 14, 2018 7:45 PM

“Hudaydah is the last remaining humanitarian lifeline in the Houthis-controlled part of the war-torn country.”

Jun 14, 2018 3:27 PM

You think the “CONserns” about Gaza, or more precise, the total absence, of it, is/was bad, Yemen kicks them all.
Yeah, something stinks high heaven when even the pack of iliterate shit heads aka Hasbaratnjiks is on the Saudi-barbarians side, yeah, how uh…. convinient, and of course, squice something about Iran into this as well, and despite the total blockade of Yemen, sanctions etc, by land, sea and air, done hy the western scums, Iran is somehow able to flow military gear in tons into Yemen, eh…… by demaretialize it and after materilaize it, yeah, thats it, they colud with alien life forms, baybe even they are Muslims, you know, allah is univerisal, yeah, why not, everything goes this days.
The Impisses have captured islands in whats Yemeni territorial waters, etc, of course they dont want to just give them away, and the second fact is, UssA is behind everything, the rest of this rat pack I dont give an rats ass for, and when the Brits dragged this into the basket case called UN, made me wanna puke, yeah, humaNazis double faces scums, nothing more or less than scums, the scums of this earth, and they have no shame, and thinks we are all idiots.
Anyone dragging this diversion shit is an well pisser at best, thats all there is to say about just that, this is about control, and they thought Yemenits was an walk over, yeah, they have thought so for centurys, just ask the Egyptians, trying to crsh Yemen.
And now, this isnt war fare, this is genocide, and somehow the western MSM only writes about this if they by some obscure reason can lick it to Iran, by religion or by weapon systems.
The history is becomed flurry dont it, Saleh was an scumbag, the one before and scumbag, but they where “our” scumbags, and keept Yemen is an state they ever have been in, missery and pain.
You know nothing, and my hart bleeds for the Yemens, one of the oldest city states we have, Yemen is old, Yemen is the birth of the Old testament, Yemen have traded for eons, before history was writen, have been sea faring and by land, and citys, an f…. skyline to, long before others.
Its an shame, but again, my only confort is as with the Palestinians, we see whom those are, we read this in the MSM, and do notice, they lie about everything, every f….. thing.
To go a bit De NiroTrad, stupid old man, getting senile, huh.
Its hopeless sometimes, Yemen is like hitting an wall, and opinions, yeah, like assholes, everybody has one, and most are based upon lies, and more lies, and humped with some statistics, with I dont belivie for an second, because I know they lie about everything, incl Yemen.
And even Russians hide behind the desk and prays that nobody bothers to ask, the west, they dont give an f…. never have, never will and now, confirms it to even idiots.
Even the aburdly stupid LefTards are dead silent in their constant whining about raicsm and hate, yup an ear shatering silence, you can hear an fly fart for miles away.
I know the Lord have mercy upon the Yemen people, they are not the ones I pray for, that, is you.

Jun 14, 2018 1:10 AM

As a Brit I have absolutely no “special relationship” with the USA. They are not my friends(they are nobody’s friend)their aggression is murderous to the point of being psychotic and they have massacred millions of men, women and children in the last 50 years.The US is the greatest threat to world peace – not Russia, or China, nor Iran or Syria, not Iraq or Yemen, not Libya or Serbia – the US is the real threat to humanity short of an Extinction Level Event. They are never going to stop unless we, the millions across the world stop them and that is what we must do.

Jun 13, 2018 6:11 AM

The U$A is killing even more millions to tighten Uncle $cam’s mighty grip on the world choke point, Gulf of Aden — Yemen one side, Somalia on the other, both heavily invaded by the extortionate blood-sucking U$ parasite. Meanwhile, Russia builds bridges and transit lines to improve the world’s economy. BTL from the Saker:
JJ on June 12, 2018
Bit more re Yamal in arctic…same distance to Beijing as Paris from Yamal………next railway project after Crimean bridge is completion of Russian north latitude railway making a shorter route from huge arctic gas fields to Moscow and onwards.

Mulga Mumblebrain
Mulga Mumblebrain
Jun 13, 2018 9:37 AM
Reply to  vexarb

The Yamal Peninsula is also the site of numerous exploding methane pingos, as anthropogenic climate destabilisation defies the denialists, and proceeds apace, melting permafrost and releasing methane and CO2, via bacterial decomposition and the direct melting of frozen methane.

Jun 14, 2018 1:07 AM

@ Mulga Mumblebrain
Since methane is 35% more toxic than CD the denialist will soon be able to choke on their own denials – as will the rest of us. But hey, what’s life without the essential extras at the cost of the planet? Well, actually, life itself – duh! It’s soul destroying fighting a losing battle against the me, myself and “must have” brigade because they absolutely do not want to be without their precious “needful things” and who leads the way in this “me” culture – why the west and wealthiiest nations of course.

Mulga Mumblebrain
Mulga Mumblebrain
Jun 14, 2018 8:56 AM
Reply to  mohandeer

CO2 at levels > 400 ppm begins to interfere with cognition. Atmospheric levels are c.410 ppm at present, but in cities it is often higher, c.500 ppm. And inside buildings, particularly the poorly ventilated, levels c.1000 ppm are not unknown. Which possibly explains a lot.
However, the real killer is hydrogen sulphide. When we have warmed the oceans sufficiently, in the next few decades at the current rate, the waters will stratify, the thermohaline circulation break down, and the current hypoxic and anoxic ‘dead zones’ spread world-wide, and the anaerobic bacteria will proliferate, belching hydrogen sulphide as a by-product of their metabolism. When that gas starts reaching the atmosphere, you’ll get another ‘Great Dying’ like the End Permian mass extinction. The sky will turn green, too, but we won’t be around to marvel at it.

Jun 15, 2018 10:55 AM

So nice to be on a site who’s participants are savvy to the roots of geopolitical problems and understand the realities of climate change. So often it is one or the other, not both.

Jun 13, 2018 5:50 AM

Re headline, I think “genocide” is the wrong word. Uncle $cam has not an ounce of anti-Yemenism in his obese bulk, but Bu$iness is Bu$iness: mass murder of a couple of million people to make a couple of Trillion Buck$.
“I think the price is worth it” — Mad Maddy Albright, U$ $ecretary of $tate.

Jun 13, 2018 2:50 AM

I bet the USers try real hard not to call this “The US war in Yemen”.
They almost succeeded with the US war in Vietnam, the US bombing of Laos, and the US genocide in Cambodia.
How are the other US wars in Asia going?
One thing you can say about USers: they really like killing Asians.

Jun 13, 2018 5:43 AM
Reply to  rilme

@Rilme. The U$ war against Yemen; like the U$ war against Vietnam. You got it; the KSA mask is off, the Ugly American face is revealed — like Graham Green predicted. The Gulf of Aden is a choke point — between Yemen and Somalia — and the U$A wants to use it to hold the economic world by the throat. Unlike Vietnam, there is big money to be made from extortion and “transit fees”, so Uncle $cam will not leave the Horn of Africa as readily as Uncle $cam left Vietnam. Expect a lot more dead Yanks, an even bigger memorial stone to be erected near the White House.

Mulga Mumblebrain
Mulga Mumblebrain
Jun 14, 2018 8:57 AM
Reply to  vexarb

Grahame Greene didn’t ‘predict’ ‘The Ugly American’-he observed it in action.

Mulga Mumblebrain
Mulga Mumblebrain
Jun 13, 2018 9:40 AM
Reply to  rilme

Pardon me, rilme- the Merkans enjoy killing anybody who ‘ gets in our way’, regardless or race, creed, or caste. Equal opportunity genocidaires.

Jun 13, 2018 12:42 AM

I been wandering about the Net a good 2hrs, trying to to get a word in edgeways.Took a gander at this—- documentario-do-kgb-sobre-o-poder.html .WTF? Is this a right thing or a wrong thing? Man, I am a carpenter not a conspiricist, But I say this Vid cuts wood to size. What say you?

Mulga Mumblebrain
Mulga Mumblebrain
Jun 14, 2018 12:12 AM
Reply to  Estaugh

I say-Look out for wood-worm, and wormwood is even worse. Verily.

Jun 12, 2018 10:18 PM

US perversity is well known and its gross hypocrisy even more so!

Zara Ali
Zara Ali
Jun 13, 2018 4:19 AM
Reply to  archie1954

Yes it is… but not this understanding needs to spread out… there are still way too many around the globe who cannot see past the illusion of ‘american super power’ and the ‘american dream’… the brutality of the Ziocons occupying Capitol Hill and the White House needs to be understood… by the Americans and the non-Americans… waking up to the truth is the duty we must pay heed to… that is the one thing humanity owes to the victims of the Global ruling elite…

Jun 12, 2018 9:27 PM

Hope not.