A boy lies on a hospital bed in Yemen’s port city of Al-Hudaydah. His eyes are full of life, but his skinny body tells another story: His arm is so thin that he can wrap his lips around it. His ribs stick out under his skin. He is one of 1.5 million children in Yemen who are suffering from malnutrition.
En dit alles gebeurt met actieve medewerking van de VS, Frankrijk en Groot-Brittannië, zo laat Peter Oborne nog maar weer eens zien:
Britain, meanwhile, has not merely continued to make arms sales to Saudi Arabia and its partners. It has supported the UN Security Council resolution backing a Saudi blockade, which has helped to inflict a humanitarian calamity on Yemen, although Britain has tried to persuade the Saudis to allow much-needed aid supplies through.
De aanwezigheid van westerse adviseurs wordt bovendien door Saoedi-Arabië gebruikt om zichzelf bij voorbaat vrij te pleiten van oorlogsmidaden:
According to Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi foreign minister, American and British advisers are at the heart of the Saudi bombing operation. He told journalists in January that “we have British officials and American officials and officers from other countries in our command and control centre. They know what the target list is, and they have a sense of what it is that we are doing and what we are not doing.”
The Saudi foreign minister pointed to the presence of these foreign observers as “evidence that we have nothing to hide.”
Perhaps most crucially of all, Britain and the United States have provided Saudi Arabia with diplomatic cover. Last year, Britain and the United States helped to block a Dutch initiative at the UN Human Rights Council for an independent investigation into violations of international humanitarian law.
Maar ja, die Jemenieten komen niet naar Europa. Dus wie kan het wat schelen?