Almost daily, I am confronted by an article and/or photo of starving Yemen children and the destruction of their homes. I keep learning that such an attack on the civilian population is against international law. I would like to know, how often or when the US felt the obligation to abide by international or even domestic law. The reality is that they are the bully on the block and they are not obligated to follow any laws. After all, who has the chutzpah (nerve) to challenge them?
Why do I focus on the US instead of Saudi Arabia for the situation in Yemen? Because the US is actively engaged in the slaughter, supplying the Saudis with weapons and technical support. Without US participation and agreement, the Saudis would not be so successfully engaged in this slaughter.
Both Israel and Saudi Arabia are the closest allies of the US in that area. Both are financially supported and armed by the US and would not take any military action against another country without a US nod and wink. Both countries are well known for their inhumane treatment of their own population and yet the US remains in full support of their efforts. What does this say about the US, the mythical good guys, clean shaven, riding white horses and wearing the white hats? As I learned, you can always learn about a person by the friends he keeps. The same could be said for countries.
There are many historical examples of the US allowing its own citizens to be killed in order to fulfill another agenda or goal. Let me start with Pearl Harbor in 1941. The US had intercepted and broken the Japanese code and was aware that they planned to attack Pearl Harbor where there were thousands of US troops. They did not warn the troops stationed there because the goal was to incite the American people, who were reluctant to let the US enter WW2 and support our European allies in their fight against Germany. Approximately 3,000 American troops lost their lives because of the need to gather popular support for US entry into the fighting in Europe. As we know, the strategy worked.
If we fast forward to 2001, we have the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, in which close to 3,000 people, most of them US citizens, were sacrificed in order to fulfill another agenda… getting the American people to agree to sending US troops into the Middle East. The finger of responsibility was pointed toward 19 religious extremist Arabs, most of them Saudis, led by Osama bin Laden, a former CIA asset.
The official narrative claims that these 19 Arabs, armed with nothing but box cutters, were able to hijack four commercial airliners and successfully out maneuver the US multibillion dollar defense system, bringing down three World Trade Center towers with only two planes and crashing into the Pentagon, using a third plane, leaving no bodies or plane parts (wings, fuselage, etc.) in the process. The fourth plane was supposed to have crash landed in Pennsylvania also without leaving any bodies of dead passengers.
There is much evidence to demonstrate that the official version had no scientific basis to support it but, with the help of the mainstream media, was able to sell their myth to the American public. And so, our troops were sent to Afghanistan where bin Laden, a very sick man who suffered from kidney problems and had to receive dialysis treatment several times a week, was the assigned villain and had to be captured. They were unsuccessful in their search for bin Laden despite the fact that he had to attend the hospital for his dialysis treatment, a treatment that cannot be administered in a cave in Afghanistan.
It is no surprise that shortly after landing in Afghanistan, the focus shifted to Iraq and Saddam Hussein, a former asset of the US who had outlasted his value and needed to be removed.
Despite being an unpopular belief, it is apparent that there were members of our government who were actively involved in the 9/11 massacre where thousands of US citizens were sacrificed for a political agenda which took precedence.
These two examples are only a limited example of how many people, Americans and others, the ruling class is willing to sacrifice to achieve their goals of world dominance and increased profits.
We can return to WW2 and the decision by the US to drop two nuclear bombs on two cities in Japan despite the fact that the Japanese had already signaled their willingness to surrender. This action was not about the Japanese, it was a message to the Soviet Union, letting it know how big and bad the US was.
There was also Vietnam where the US slaughtered over one million Vietnamese and destroyed the infrastructure of their country in order to save them from communism. Really?
The point is this, if the US rulers are willing to sacrifice their own people, why would we be shocked that the death of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, Libyans, Syrians, Yemenis be of concern to them. We are all seen as pawns to serve them and thrown away when we have outlasted our usefulness. We are all expendable.
Dave Alpert has master’s degrees in social work, educational administration, and psychology. He spent his career working with troubled inner-city adolescents.