The U.S. House of Representatives has approved an amendment ending support for war crimes that are being perpetrated in Yemen.
The amendment passed by a narrow margin of 219 to 207, and it was attached by Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). It would cut off the Saudi-led coalition from receiving support from the U.S. in perpetrating war crimes in the country.
The amendment would end “US military logistical support, and the transfer of spare parts to Saudi warplanes conducting aerial strikes against the Houthis in Yemen and permanently ends intelligence sharing that enables offensive strikes and any US effort to command, coordinate, participate in the movement of, or accompany Saudi or United Arab Emirates-led coalition forces in the war in Yemen.”
Additionally, the House passed another amendment that would stop the U.S. from servicing Saudi warplanes that regularly bombard the people of Yemen. This measure, introduced by Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), passed by a 223-204 vote but would leave a loophole that would allow the U.S. to continue helping the Saudis perpetrate war crimes.
The Meeks amendment would compel “the suspension of US sustainment and maintenance support to Saudi air force units responsible for airstrikes resulting in civilian casualties in Yemen with certain exemptions for territorial self-defense, counterterrorism operations, and defense of US government facilities or personnel.”
Liberty Conservative News has reported on how thousands of Yemenis have been slaughtered because of U.S. support for Saudis in the region:
“According to a United Nations report, over 18,000 Yemeni civilians have been killed or wounded in airstrikes since 2015 as the Saudis have ruthlessly attacked the country with sponsorship from the U.S. empire.
It has been determined by experts at the UN Human Rights Council that Yemen has been hit with 10 airstrikes per day since 2015, resulting in at least 23,000 airstrikes in the past six years. The Yemeni people have had to live in constant fear of their families being blown to bits for this entire time while enduring cholera and other hellish conditions emanating from the campaign of terror against their country.
The Yemen data project estimates that 8,773 civilians have been killed during this time period while another 9,843 have been wounded. This constitutes one of the most ghastly war crimes in history, and it couldn’t have happened without the help of Uncle Sam.
And, of course, the Biden administration is not living up to its promise to end this brutal war either.
“Despite the grim warnings and President Biden’s pledge to end support for Saudi Arabia’s “offensive” operations in Yemen, the war is still raging. Biden made his pledge in February, and it was revealed in April that the US is still servicing Saudi warplanes that are bombing Yemen. Without this assistance, the Saudi air force would be quickly grounded,” analyst Dave DeCamp of Antiwar.com said.”
This is good news, along with the removal of troops from Afghanistan, that non-intervention is on the rise, and the era for military adventurism has come and gone.