Donald Trump has blood on his hands – the blood of at least 40 children who were killed by a bomb while riding their school bus in Yemen on August 9th. 40 children. School bus. Bomb. We The People have blood on our hands for allowing this to happen, for electing a president who cares more about a feud with his predecessor than the lives of 40 children.
In March 2016, Saudi airstrikes killed 97 people in a market in Yemen using bombs supplied by the U.S. In October 2016, Saudi strikes killed 155 people in a funeral home in Yemen … again, using bombs supplied by the U.S. At that time, President Obama banned the sale of precision-guided military technology to Saudi Arabia over “human rights concerns.” On 11 September 2001, 19 hijackers guided 4 airplanes in an attack on the U.S. 15 of those hijackers were citizens of Saudi Arabia.
Donald Trump, in his hatred of all things related to or done by President Obama, overturned the ban just two months after taking the oath of office. And yesterday, the Saudis struck again, this time the U.S. made bomb hitting a school bus and murdering at least 40 children. Donald Trump rode to an electoral victory in part based on his hatred and prejudice against President Obama. He rallied the masses by promising to undo everything that President Obama did. And now, because of that particular bit of inanity, he has murdered children just as surely as if he personally put a knife into their backs or a gun in their faces. Not only did we supply them the tools, but helped them with their strategic planning, according to Secretary of Defense James Mattis: “I will tell you that we do help them plan what we call, kind of targeting. We do not do dynamic targeting for them.”
In addition to the 40 children, 11 adults were also murdered, as the bus exploded, sending chunks of burning metal into shops along the street. And 79 were wounded, 56 of whom were children.According to a June article in The Guardian …
Donald Trump is quietly escalating America’s role in the Saudi-led war on Yemen, disregarding the huge humanitarian toll and voices in Congress that are trying to rein in the Pentagon’s involvement. Trump administration officials are considering a request from Saudi Arabia and its ally, the United Arab Emirates, for direct US military help to retake Yemen’s main port.
With little public attention or debate, the president has already expanded US military assistance to his Saudi and UAE allies – in ways that are prolonging the Yemen war and increasing civilian suffering. Soon after Trump took office in early 2017, his administration reversed a decision by former president Barack Obama to suspend the sale of over $500m in laser-guided bombs and other munitions to the Saudi military, over concerns about civilian deaths in Yemen. The US Senate narrowly approved that sale, in a vote of 53 to 47, almost handing Trump an embarrassing defeat.
The war has killed at least 10,000 Yemenis and left more than 22 million people –three-quarters of Yemen’s population – in need of humanitarian aid. At least 8 million Yemenis are on the brink of famine, and 1 million are infected with cholera.
The United States is not at war with Yemen, and the only reason the U.S. and Saudis remain allies is one word: oil. We share no ideological commonalities and the only reason for selling arms to them is $$$$$. We assisted in the murder of those 40 children and countless other civilians for $110 billion … the value of the defense contract Trump signed in May 2017.Trump has shown a propensity for embracing authoritarian leaders. In May, on his first trip after taking office, he chose Saudi Arabia as the first stop on his itinerary. Saudi leaders gave Trump a grandiose welcome: they filled the streets of Riyadh with billboards of Trump and the Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud; organized extravagant receptions and sword dances; and awarded Trump the kingdom’s highest honor, a gold medallion named after the founding monarch. It was during this visit that Trump announced the aforementioned weapons sale, claiming that it would boost the U.S. economy, even though much of the hardware had already been built prior to Obama’s ban. Since then, Trump has offered virtually unqualified support for Saudi leaders, especially the young and ambitious crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is the architect of the disastrous war in Yemen.
The intentional killing of civilians is a violation of international humanitarian law and as such, the U.S. could be implicated in war crimes and U.S. personnel could, in theory, be exposed to international prosecution. Not that it is likely, nor am I as concerned at the moment as I am for the lives of the children being slaughtered by the Saudis with the help and consent of our own government. Most experts agree that the U.S. is making the situation worse, rather than helping.I looked outside my windows today and I saw the sky was blue … not even a cloud, let alone smoke from bombs. The grass was green, and children were playing happily, secure and not concerned for their lives. When a plane flies over our neighborhood, children do not often even look up, let alone run for cover. Can you imagine what the children in Yemen do when a plane flies overhead?