CNN: End US complicity in Yemen's humanitarian disaster
In August, the world watched in horror as a Saudi-led coalition airstrike in
Yemen claimed the lives of 40 innocent children. The boys, many under the age
of 10, were killed when their school bus was bombed during a class trip. The
weapon used in that deadly bombing was made in America.
It was not the first time. In June, airstrikes hit a cholera treatment
center run by Doctors Without Borders, even though it was clearly identified as
a medical facility.
In April, 20 civilians, many from a single family, were killed while
celebrating a wedding in a village in northwest Yemen.
As a result of this conflict, at least 10,000 Yemenis have died, 2 million
more are displaced, and 22 million are in need of humanitarian assistance. To
make matters worse, a man-made famine has brought nearly 8 million people in
Yemen to the brink of starvation.
This humanitarian catastrophe didn't happen overnight. For more than three
years, a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates
has been bombing Yemen as part of a proxy war to counter the Iran-supported
There is no doubt that Iran's actions in Yemen are destabilizing. Iran's
government supports militias that attack Saudi territory and undermine the
internationally recognized central government of Yemen. But we can no longer
turn a blind eye to the actions of the Saudi coalition -- or our own role in
the suffering of the Yemeni people.
The administration's decision to double down on US support for the bombing
campaign makes a mockery of congressional oversight authority. Overlooking the
Saudi-led coalition's apparent disregard for international norms and laws of
armed conflict does nothing to improve US standing in the world. And continuing
to support an ill-conceived proxy war in Yemen does not make America safer.
The framers of our Constitution believed that the decision to involve
ourselves in a conflict like the one in Yemen requires the consent of the
people, expressed through their elected representatives. But Congress has never
authorized our involvement in this conflict. That's why we have supported
bicameral, bipartisan efforts to end the US involvement in Yemen's civil war
unless Congress specifically authorizes it.
The Yemeni people are suffering. Instead of supporting more bombing, the
United States can help bring peace to the region. Congress has an urgent
responsibility to act.
Read the full op-ed on the CNN website here.
By: Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Ro Khanna
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