Yemen: Stop the Carnage and Join the New Silk Road

On Sept. 16, the LaRouche political movement in the United States released a statement demanding an international investigation into the Saudi-led genocide ongoing in Yemen, which is being distributed at the ongoing United Nations General Assembly meetings in New York. The recent new revelations on the role of Saudis in the 9/11 terrorist attacks have once again put the spotlight on the need to dismantle the Saudi-related networks perpetrating such crimes.

The statement calls for an end to the Saudi bombing and all other attacks on Yemen, as well as for lifting the blockade of the country’s ports and providing all the immediate relief required, in addition to humanitarian and economic aid. It also demands international efforts to reconstruct Yemen, and to “welcome its participation in the development drive of the ‘Maritime Silk Road’ of Eurasia-Africa.”

The memo, titled “Enemy of the New Silk Road Paradigm: Saudi Genocide in Yemen” further notes that Britain has blocked every attempt at even an international investigative commission, while the UK and the U.S. are supplying “arms to the Saudi ‘Coalition’ perpetrating the criminal assault.” On the American side, the same networks are working to topple Donald Trump. “In turn, these interconnect with the British sponsors of the Saudi royalty, going back to the founding of the Saudi Kingdom.”

The evidence of collusion between such Saudi networks and former FBI head Robert Mueller, now heading the investigation into the Trump team’s alleged cooperation with Russians, is outlined in the statement.

On Yemen itself, the statement cites the latest UN report from Sept. 5, which estimates the civilian death toll at at least 5,500 in the past two-and-a-half years (over 10,000 deaths total); with thousands more injured. “Cholera cases have exceeded 600,000, with at least 2,000 deaths, according to the World Health Organization. Water and sanitation services have been devastated. Millions are dislocated. There are at least 19 million people in need of humanitarian aid, and over 7 million in desperate need of food. But the Saudis are blocking relief shipments. The Saudis have bombed multiple hospitals, schools and social gatherings.”

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said Sept. 5 that Yemenis are suffering from “an entirely man-made catastrophe,” and called a few days later on the UN Human Rights Council to launch an investigation into violations of international humanitarian law.

That proposal was approved by China and other nations on Sept. 13 at a Geneva meeting of the Human Rights Council. Canada and the Netherlands provided a draft text for the Council to establish a Commission of Inquiry, but Britain and the U.S. opposed it, while Saudi Arabia and cohort nations boycotted the discussion altogether.

What is now happening in Yemen, the LaRouche statement notes, is another expression of the British/American policy of the past 60 years of perpetual war under various banners: “regime change, R2P (Responsibility to Protect,) human rights, and other lies. Look at the series of battleground nations: Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Ukraine, Yemen. Syria has been able to resist, with the assistance of Russia. Before that, Vietnam. This must stop.”

Read the statement in full here.