Here’s your exam question for today. Afghanistan, China, Iran, North Korea, Russia, Yemen … how many countries have these states invaded, bombed, starved with homicidal sanctions or occupied against the wishes of their lawful governments?
Finished writing? OK, put down your pens and I’ll send someone round to collect your work. In the meantime let’s meditate on the fact that the de facto government of Yemen – also known somewhat misleadingly as the Houthis – has responded to Israel’s ongoing mass war crime in Gaza by imposing a de facto blockade on ships supplying the terrorist apartheid state through the Bab el-Mandab chokepoint.
In so doing it is acting not only with moral purpose but in line with international law which, as South Africa pointed out in the Hague last week, requires not only that state forces desist from genocide. They are legally obliged to actively prevent the same.
For its part the West – via a coalition of two, modestly dubbed Operation Prosperity Guardian – has taken to missile strikes in defence not of the maimed, bereaved and starving of Gaza but of (a) the said terrorist apartheid state and (b) the profits and shareholder dividends threatened by Yemen’s action. 1
The lack of morality speaks for itself – or would do if the collective West wasn’t so collectively brainwashed as to believe up is down, black white and arse elbow – so let’s move to the lack of thinking. Once we’ve seen beyond any shadow of doubt that beneath a chimera of democracy the West is indeed ruled by criminals … 2
… we can easily fall prey to the different misapprehension that these criminals are frightfully clever. They aren’t, which is one of the reasons why their efforts to maintain global supremacy have, as in a Greek Tragedy, served only to hasten its decline.
Having fought to no avail the de facto government of Yemen for ten years by proxy – supplying KSA with the bombs to maim and slaughter, the warplanes to deliver and intel to guide them – Uncle Sam and John Bull now believe that by doing more of the same but this time directly (the Saudis having quit with tail between their legs and in any case moving away from Washington on this as on other matters) it can stop those upstart wogs in their tracks. 3
Coming round now to collect your exam answers …
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- For more detail as well as broader context on Yemen’s actions and the US/UK response, see yesterday’s 24 minute video from the ever succinct and accurate Ben Norton.
- Here to make, albeit unwittingly, the case both for the immorality and stupidity I speak of is the Leader of His Majesty’s Loyal Opposition in Britain. Since he is likely this year to graduate to Prime Minister it’s worth noting his exchange with BBC interviewer Laura Kuenssberg on ‘our’ strikes against Yemen.
- As Caitlin Johnstone memorably put it, “We’ve progressed a long way in just 200 years: from expecting our leaders to slaughter brown-skinned people while saying racist things, to expecting our leaders to slaughter brown-skinned people while condemning racism”. The US – its Defence Secretary, Lloyd ‘Raytheon’ Austin, living proof that a man of colour and sociopathy may indeed pass through that revolving door between US Government and military industrial complex – is illegally occupying Iraq and Syria while stealing their oil, and murdering whomsoever it pleases in both states, ditto Lebanon and Yemen.