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The Shame of Killing Innocent People by — Antiwar.com

Posted by Martin C. Fox on April 30, 2017

http://original.antiwar.com/kelly/2017/04/28/the-shame-of-killing-innocent-people/

Iran may be providing some weapons to the Houthi rebels, but it’s important to clarify what support the US has given to the Saudi-led coalition. As of March 21, 2016, Human Rights Watch reported the following weapon sales, in 2015 to the Saudi government:

  • July 2015, the US Defense Department approved a number of weapons sales to Saudi Arabia, including a US $5.4 billion deal for 600 Patriot Missiles and a $500 million deal for more than a million rounds of ammunition, hand grenades, and other items, for the Saudi army.
  • According to the US Congressional review, between May and September, the US sold $7.8 billion worth of weapons to the Saudis.
  • In October, the US government approved the sale to Saudi Arabia of up to four Lockheed Littoral Combat Ships for $11.25 billion.
  • In November, the US signed an arms deal with Saudi Arabia worth $1.29 billion for more than 10,000 advanced air-to-surface munitions including laser-guided bombs, “bunker buster” bombs, and MK84 general purpose bombs; the Saudis have used all three in Yemen.

Reporting about the role of the United Kingdom in selling weapons to the Saudis, Peace News notes that “Since the bombing began in March 2015, the UK has licensed over £3.3bn worth of arms to the regime, including:

  •  £2.2 bn worth of ML10 licenses (aircraft, helicopters, drones)
  • £1.1 bn worth of ML4 licenses (grenades, bombs, missiles, countermeasures)
  • £430,000 worth of ML6 licenses (armored vehicles, tanks)

What has the Saudi-led coalition done with all of this weaponry? A United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights panel of experts found that:

“At least 3,200 civilians have been killed and 5,700 wounded since coalition military operations began, 60 percent of them in coalition airstrikes.”

The US foreign policy in the Middle East seems quite homogenous. Arm and train the Sunni organizations that orchedtrated 9/11 and otherwise reign terror on a world wide scale. While facilitating attacks on Shias, who have never attacked US, that fight ISIS and Al Qaeda. All the while leaving a trail of dead civilians that drive the populace to join the enemy.

There is a warning that applies to all people in all countries-

“I am from the government and am here to help.”

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