The letter to the editor below by our friend Ed Flaherty, long-time anti-war activist and member of Veterans for Peace, was published in yesterday’s Iowa City Press-Citizen and Cedar Rapids Gazette.
The World’s Worst Humanitarian Disaster
by Ed Flaherty
What would you call the poorest country on the Arabian peninsula?
What would you call the country whose schools, bridges, and medical facilities have been decimated by Saudi-coalition bombing for the past five and one-half years?
What would you call the country where 4/5 of its 30 million people are hungry, and where 10 million are on the brink of starving to death?
What would you call the country where 1/4 of those who contract covid-19 die?
Answer to the above questions is YEMEN. (Please take a minute and locate it on a map).
What would you call the country whose troops and contractors have provided intelligence and material support, without any congressional approval, to the Saudi-coalition in its war on Yemen, from day one?
What would you call the country who has helped block shipments of food, fuel and medical aid to most of Yemen?
What would you call the country who has sold and is selling billions of dollars worth of weapons to the Saudi-coalition?
The answer to the second set of questions is, of course, the United States.
Why don’t we stop this man-made disaster now? I don’t know.