CAREFULLY PLANNED MILITARY UNDERTAKING
By Stephen Lendman
Global Research, May 31, 2015
Yemen is Obama’s war – planned months before Saudi-led proxies launched naked aggression.
It’s been raging since March 26
with no end in sight. At stake is Yemeni sovereignty and the fate of
its 24 million people suffering horrifically from relentless Saudi
terror-bombing and shelling.
Israel is very much involved. In late April, Fars News reported
its submarines and warplanes “readily observed” near Saudi Arabia’s
coastline since conflict began – according to unnamed foreign diplomats.
They said Riyadh secretly agreed decades ago to give Israeli submarines and warplanes access to Saudi waters.
They’ve been patrolling them since the start of conflict. According
to Fars News, “(m)any regional officials…earlier revealed collaboration
among the US, Israel and Saudi Arabia in the aggression against Yemen.”
Weeks earlier, Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehqan said Washington and Israel are the main sponsors of aggression on Yemen.
Days after Saudi terror-bombing began, Fars News said Israeli warplanes participated in attacking Yemeni targets.
Yemeni Al-Haq political party secretary general Hassan Zayd said
“Zionists are conducting a joint operation in coalition with Arabs.”
Everything is orchestrated and coordinated by Washington – including supplying weapons, intelligence and targets to strike.
On May 31, Haaretz headlined “Iranian report: Israeli arms found in Saudi embassy in Yemen,” saying:
Houthi fighters found “a large cache of Israeli-made weapons and ammunition” in Riyadh’s abandoned Sanaa embassy.
Documents were found indicating Washington plans a base on Yemen’s
Perim Island island off its southwest coast in the Red Sea near the
entrance to the Bab al-Mandreb strait.
Riyadh reportedly asked Israel to supply “state-of-the-art weapons” to wage war on Houthis.
On May 25, Veterans Today reported two Israeli F-16s downed over Yemen.
Saying “Yemeni air defense
forces shot down a Saudi marked fighter jet in the northwestern province
of Sanaa in Yemen as it was conducting airstrikes.”
“This is the second F-16 shot down this week – clearly the strength of the Yemeni air defences has been grossly underestimated.”
“The Saudi F-16 fighter jet was
shot down and subsequently crashed in the Bayt Khayran area of the
district of Bani Harith in the northern part of Sanaa.”
Wreckage of both planes “were
found to be of types never supplied to an Arab nation, not Saudi Arabia”
or others. “The only ‘buyer’ in the region for that type of plane is
At the same time, Press TV reported two downed Saudi warplanes in the same areas.
On May 29, Pravda said “Saudis have begun to wipe Yemen off the map…Shocking video reveals proton bombardment from a neutron bomb.”
“Israel is reported to be the one to deploy such
(weapons). Any doubts about the nuclear attack on Yemen attributed to
Israel, as evidenced in two Israeli F-16s shot down and forensically
identified, are now gone.”
“Forbidden strikes have brought about a storm of worldwide protest.”
“Obama has recently promised to
provide every assistance including US military force to any ‘external
threat’ the rich Arab states of the Gulf may face.”
A previous article said Obama wants Yemen bombed back to the 19th
century. US orchestrated aggression is systematically committing mass
slaughter and destruction – mostly affecting civilian men, women and
Thousands have been murdered in cold blood, many more injured and around a million displaced.
It gets worse. Fars News
cited Djibouti sources saying “out of every 100 ships of humanitarian
aids sent for the Yemeni people, the cargoes of only 10 ships are
delivered to the poor Arab nation and the rest is sold to African and
“These officials also forge
documents and claim that the aid ships are on their way to Yemen and
will unload their cargoes in Aden and al-Hudayda ports while aids are
carried to the African and Arab ports.”
According to Fars News, “aid committees” said 173 ships with
humanitarian aid reached Yemeni ports. Aden sources indicated only four
vessels reached its port, three carrying food.
If the report is accurate, most
desperately needed aid isn’t arriving. Profiteers are stealing it –
perhaps as part of Obama’s plan to cause maximum pain and suffering to
force Houthis to surrender.
A previous article discussed Riyadh using US-supplied banned cluster bombs. In early May, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported their use – citing credible evidence.
On May 31, HRW
again reported on cluster munitions harming civilians in northern
Yemen’s Saada governorate. Its senior emergencies researcher Ole Solvang
said the following:
“These weapons can’t
distinguish military targets from civilians, and their unexploded
submunitions threaten civilians, especially children, even long after
HRW documented US-supplied
Saudi use of cluster bombs in 2009. They can be fired by rockets,
mortars, artillery or dropped from aircraft.
Cluster munitions are banned
for good reason. They’re terror weapons. They harm civilians. Unexploded
ones look like toys. Children picking them up are killed or have limbs
Perhaps an entire generation of Yemeni children will be killed or maimed before conflict ends.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”
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