THE NEW WORKER

The Weekly paper of the New Communist Party of Britain
Week commencing 19th October 2018


Stop the Saudi War on Yemen

THOUSANDS of Yemenis took to the streets of the free cities in the war-torn country last week to vent their anger at Saudi Arabia, which has invaded the country with the support of US imperialism and plunged Yemen into one of the worst humanitarian crises of the 21st century. Yemeni ports are being blockaded by the USA and its Saudi lackeys, who are helping themselves to the country’s oil and gas resources.

Labour has repeatedly called for an end to British support for the Saudi war in Yemen and only this week the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, said: “Yes, the UK does have a special responsibility. To stop arming Saudi Arabia and to help end the war in Yemen causing this humanitarian crisis.”

In 2015 the Saudis intervened to prop up a corrupt regime that had been overthrown by the ‘Supporters of God’, a religious and social movement commonly called the Houthi Movement after its founder, Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi, who launched a revolt and was killed in a gun-fight in 2004. Four years ago the Houthis overthrew the government and established control over the most of the country. But the following year Saudi Arabia and some other feudal Arab states sent troops, arms and cash to prop up what they claim is the “internationally recognised” Yemeni government that is based in the southern capital of Aden.

Tens of thousands of Yemenis have been killed and millions more displaced by the fighting, and now the country faces famine and a cholera epidemic. Yemen could be facing the worst famine in 100 years if air-strikes by the Saudi-led coalition are not halted, the United Nations (UN) has warned — UN officials say that famine is only a few months away, with millions at risk of starvation.

The US-dominated UN has provided a veneer of legality to the blockade however, and a one-sided weapons embargo against Yemen. The UN wrings its hands about a humanitarian crisis and the worst cholera epidemic in human history. But the UN does nothing to stop the US-led Saudi genocide and destruction of Yemen, and it puts out knowingly phony, under-reported numbers of civilian deaths.

Western mercenaries, along with Al Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood militias that are armed and funded by the Americans and their Saudi and Emirati (UAE) lackeys are spreading terror across the country in their efforts to crush the Houthis, that the feudal Arab rulers claim are backed by the Islamic Republic of Iran.

US imperialism is blockading Yemen and it has already led to the deaths of tens of thousands of civilians from starvation, disease and lack of medicine.

The hospitals, clinics and disaster relief office of the Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders and the Red Crescent have all deliberately been bombed. At the moment the fighting is centring on the Red Sea port of Hodeidah. The Saudis and their allies have, so far, failed to drive the Houthis out of the town, which is the main port of entry for UN and other humanitarian aid.

In March Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn accused the May Government in parliament of “directing the war” being waged by Saudi Arabia in Yemen. Corbyn said the Government was “colluding in what the United Nations say is evidence of war crimes” in fierce clashes over Britain’s close links with the House of Saud.

A humanitarian disaster is now taking place in Yemen. Millions face starvation, 600,00 children have cholera because of the Saudi-led bombing campaign and the blockade,” he said. “Germany has suspended arms sales to Saudi Arabia, but British arms sales have sharply increased and British military advisers are directing the war..