Stop the Famine in Yemen, America!!!!

Dear Kevin,

Today, Stephen Kinzer had a column in the Boston Globe that masterfully made our case for the effort to force a House vote on ending U.S. participation in the famine-inducing Saudi-UAE war-blockade in Yemen. Stephen understood exactly what we’re trying to do and presented it powerfully. How we’re trying to stop the famine. How this is a crucial test case for forcing Congress to vote on the endless wars. How this vote is a fundamental choice about the kind of America we want to live in.

Stephen wrote:

“Yemen has been under relentless attack from the region’s richest country, Saudi Arabia. Saudi bombing has created what the United Nations calls ‘the largest humanitarian crisis in the world.’ More than half the population is hungry. Cholera is raging and may afflict one million people by the end of this year. A child dies from preventable causes every ten minutes

This war could not proceed without American help. Missiles and bombs raining down on Yemen are made in the US. American intelligence officers help Saudi pilots pick targets to attack. Most important, American tanker planes refuel Saudi fighter jets in flight, allowing them to carry out many more raids than they could if they had to return regularly to their bases…

“Outrage at the American role in this war has led several members of Congress to propose a resolution that would pull the US out of “unauthorized hostilities” in Yemen. If they can force a vote, it may come in the first days of November

“The upcoming vote – if House leaders allow it to happen – will be about far more than Yemen. It is a test of whether Congress will continue allowing presidents to make decisions that push the US into war, or whether it will awaken from its constitutional coma and assert its own right to do so
“This war gives members of Congress the chance to make a decisive choice. The vote on this resolution will be the political equivalent of the 2002 Senate vote authorizing war in Iraq. That vote reshaped history. Hillary Clinton’s support for the war resolution made her a pariah for one segment of the electorate, and contributed to her defeat in the 2008 presidential election. The vote on H.Con.Res. 81 may have a similar effect

Here’s what you can do: read the rest of Stephen’s column at the Boston Globe and share it widely.

If you haven’t signed our petition to the House yet, you can do that here.

Thanks for all you do to help make U.S. foreign policy more just,

Robert Naiman
Just Foreign Policy

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About eslkevin

I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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