| Malaysia has no business entering the war in Yemen by Dennis Ignatius
| Monday, December 18, 2017
|Malaysiakini : COMMENT |
There’s a war – a murderous, savage, barbaric, hellish war – raging in
Yemen. Images of the suffering and carnage there crop up in our
newspapers and on television from time to time but it’s been going on
for so long that we are becoming inured to it.
It began as a domestic power struggle, and quickly spiralled into a
proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran, the latest sideshow in their
ongoing struggle for power and influence in the Middle East. And, as
usual, taking advantage of the instability and chaos, terrorist groups
like Al-Qaeda have moved in, further complicating the situation.
To snuff out Iranian influence, the Saudi-led coalition has launched a
relentless and merciless bombing campaign against Yemen, hitting not
just military targets but infrastructure, hospitals, schools and
residential areas. International observers believe war crimes are being
committed. A Saudi naval blockade, in the meantime, has made it
difficult for food, medical and other assistance to get through.
Carnage and catastrophe
Already, some 10,000 people have been killed, and more than 50,000
wounded. Seven million are on the brink of famine. One hundred and
thirty children die every day in Yemen from extreme hunger and disease.
Twenty million people (over 70 percent of the population) are in need of
humanitarian assistance. The UN has warned that we might be witnessing
“the largest famine the world has seen for many decades.”
Read it all here.............
|posted by Major D Swami (Retired) @ 1:12 PM