We are continuing to publish on our site the fragments from the book AMERICA’S PLANS FOR WORLD HEGEMONY, by Romanian author Calistrat M. Atudorei which was published in English version very recently by printing house ”ePublishers” in Bucharest.
Chapter 9/6. 9/11 and Offensive in the Middle East
The Crisis in Yemen and the US Relationship with Saudi Arabia
As we could see, the West is scandalized for so-called human rights violations in Syria, accusing Bashar al-Assad that he would have planned chemical attacks against his own fellow citizens. But it is significant that the same Western leaders, alongside the Western mainstream press, are not affected at all and do not seek any measures to halt the genocide that already lasts for almost four years in Yemen. This country is subject to the aggression of Saudi Arabia—a protected and allied of America—a situation that already conducted to the death of tens of thousands of people in a war that has been running since 2014. The UN described in November 2017 the situation in Yemen as the worst humanitarian crisis in the world in which more than 20 million people, including over 11 million children, are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance, at least 14.8 million are without basic healthcare and an outbreak of cholera has resulted in more than 900,000 suspected cases. (…) their life is in imminent risk.149
In line with a report of the UN Human Rights Council dated March 22, 2018, in the four years since the conflict began, the data show that “over 6,100 civilians were killed and nearly 10,000 others were injured. The number of deaths among civilians increased over the last six months.” But this was just a report on recorded data, as “The actual amount of victims is probably much higher.” The report says that “The main cause of civilian casualties is the bombing by the Saudi-led coalition.” At the same time, “US attacks with drones continued and other attacks by Al-Qaeda-affiliated groups and the Islamic State continued, especially in the southern regions.”150
Clearly, in assessing the violation of the rights of millions of innocent civilians in Yemen, the United States and its allies apply standards other than those they invoke in Syria. Politicians and the media in the West barely mention something about the situation of the 20 million people (out of a total of 28 million inhabitants in the country) who do not know if and when they eat again. The US not only does not trigger a humanitarian intervention in the area, but—in line with the UN report—is actively involved in supporting Saudi aggressors.
The explanation is quite transparent and consists of the very close relationship of the United States with Saudi Arabia, based on mutual interests. Of these, perhaps the most obvious is the maintenance of the above-mentioned petrodollar system. Saudi Arabia is the largest oil exporter in the world, holding—as reported by OPEC—“about 22% of the oil reserves known worldwide.”151
The nature of the conflict in Yemen, which is essentially another proxy war, this time between Saudi Arabia and Iran, must also be understood. We know very well that Iran had long been on the United States’ black list.
In addition, many other states and interests are involved in the war in Yemen, with power and influence being played throughout the entire Middle East area. That is because Yemen has a key strategic position in the Arabian Peninsula.
Given these interests, we better understand why in May 2017 the United States concluded a huge armament sale deal to Saudi Arabia, “one of the greatest in history,” as a TIME magazine article says. There are tanks, artillery, radar systems, armored conveyors, Blackhawk helicopters, amounting to “nearly 110 billion dollars”152. The agreement stipulates that the transaction will go up even higher in the coming years.
Beyond the grave humanitarian crisis that is taking place in Yemen, the Washington administration isn’t disturbed at all, not even by the notorious abuses the authoritarian regime under Saudi Arabia is conducting in its own country. Reports of human rights organizations had for many years been indicative of egregious violations of the fundamental liberties of the Saudi Arabian population.
Human Rights Watch’s 2017 report emphasizes that “Saudi authorities continued the arbitrary arrests, trials and convictions of peaceful dissidents.” Former officials, prominent clergymen, businessmen, human rights defenders, important writers, journalists, or academics were suspected and imprisoned for “months or even years, without judicial inquiry or prosecution”153 for criticizing their government or called for reforms. Death penalties, torture and ill-treatment are widespread.
Amnesty International reported in 2018 that the courts continued to impose death sentences for a number of non-violent offenses, such as drug use or accusations that — according to international standards — are unsuited to sanctions in the civilized world such as “witchcraft” or “adultery.” Many defendants had been sentenced to death as a result of “inadequate court trials that condemned them without properly investigating allegations”154 or after they were tortured to confess.
But it is more than that. Sarah Leah Whitson, director of HRW for the Middle East, stated in April 2018 that “48 people were beheaded by the Saudi government in the last four months.”155 Last year’s headcount rose to 130, as reported by The Sun, and “the bodies were thrown out of the helicopter as a warning.”156 One of these punishments in 2018 had taken place just the day before British Prime Minister Theresa May was cordially welcomed on an official visit to the government headquarters in Riad.
Let us also notice the humiliating condition of women in Saudi Arabia who basically have no rights. To get a passport, to travel outside the country, to get married, to obtain any kind of documents, even adult women need the approval of a man, called “legal guardian” (wali). This may be the husband, father, brother, uncle, or even the son of that woman. In addition, women are required to follow a strict code of clothing,157 in order to cover their body as much as possible when they are in public spaces.
We know very well that in other cases, American politicians very vocally complained that lack of democracy and aggression on the population of any country is completely unacceptable. That is why they decided to start “humanitarian” rescue actions without delay, eventually through a NATO military campaign. Interventions in Yugoslavia, Libya or Syria were triggered exactly under this motivation. But the case of Saudi Arabia proves, once again, the demagogy and double standards that America juggles with in the public eye.
(To be continued)