Anti-War Voices Applaud ‘Must-Read’ Sanders Op-Ed Demanding End to Yemen War

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(CD— Anti-war voices are praising a brand new “must-read” New York Occasions op-ed during which Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) referred to as on Congress “to redefine our relationship with Saudi Arabia, and to point out that the Saudis shouldn’t have a clean test to proceed violating human rights” by revoking U.S. help for the Saudi and UAE-led struggle in Yemen.

Noting that the humanitarian disaster in Yemen “has solely worsened and our complicity turn into even higher” because the Senate voted in March to dam a decision (SJ Res. 54)—launched by Sanders, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), and Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.)—to finish navy help for the Saudis, Sanders wrote that he’ll convey the measure again to the ground subsequent month.

“Amen!” tweeted CODEPINK co-founder Medea Benjamin. “We’ve got been within the Senate all week pushing for this invoice. Be a part of us.”

Media critic Adam Johnson, an outspoken opponent of U.S. wars and imperialism, merely said, “that is good of us.”

Concluding that there are “so many glorious factors on this op-ed” that she didn’t “even know the place to start,” Laura Pitter of Human Rights Watched tweeted, “Simply learn it.”

As Sanders said in his op-ed, “The possible assassination of the Saudi critic and Washington Put up journalist Jamal Khashoggi underscores how pressing it has turn into” to right away stop American complicity within the Saudi assault on Yemen, which has produced the world’s worst humanitarian disaster. Since Khashoggi disappeared, Sanders and lots of others have urged the Trump administration to “reevaluate” the U.S. relationship with the dominion.

Along with denouncing the “brutal homicide” of Khashoggi, Sanders detailed how “the US is deeply engaged on this struggle” in Yemen, and the way it’s “a strategic and ethical catastrophe for the US.” Particularly, he identified that “we’re offering bombs the Saudi-led coalition is utilizing, we’re refueling their planes earlier than they drop these bombs, and we’re aiding with intelligence.”

Whereas the Trump administration has defended U.S. involvement—even because the coalition has dropped American-made bombs on schoolchildren—the bombing marketing campaign has killed, wounded, and displaced 1000’s of civilians, and created a starvation disaster that the U.N. just lately warned might trigger 13 million folks to starve to demise.

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Because the Occasions revealed the senator’s op-ed on Wednesday, Saudi airstrikes reportedly killed 21 folks in Hodeidah, the place civilian deaths have “surged dramatically” since June, when the Saudi-led coalition launched an offensive to take management of the port metropolis.

As Sanders plans to convey his decision again to the ground, Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.)—who additionally wrote an op-ed about ending U.S. help for the struggle, revealed by the San Francisco Chronicle final week—is main a similar effort within the Home of Representatives.

“Not solely has this struggle created a humanitarian catastrophe in one of many world’s poorest nations, but additionally American involvement on this struggle has not been licensed by Congress and is due to this fact unconstitutional,” Sanders concluded. “I very a lot hope that Congress will act, that we’ll lastly take significantly our congressional obligation, finish our help for the carnage in Yemen, and ship the message that human lives are price greater than income for arms producers.”

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