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Yemen's agony belongs to us

Sure, we have our own problems. Potholes are bad, fast food choices are largely limited to the unhealthy, local government, like the state and national one, seems to belong less to the average citizen and more to special interests who buy influence, too many people here die from things they do to themselves.

But no place on earth comes close to the hell of Yemen. And if you were thinking that’s sad but it’s not my doing or responsibility, please be aware the bombs Saudi’s are dropping on the women and children are from the United States.

This is your tax dollars at work.

A little over a week ago the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution that would cut off U.S. military assistance for the Saudi-led war. It follows the same action by the U.S. Senate. It’s likely to be vetoed by President Trump but it shouldn’t be.

We’ve been supporting the Saudi Arabia coalition fighting the four year-long war with bombing campaigns against Iran-allied Houthi rebels.

We find ourselves in a sorrogate war in this country at the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula in Western Asia. And they way it is being conducted has brought the population of Yemen to the brink of famine and has caused the slaughter of thousands of civilians.

It needs to stop.

The action on the resolution in the Senate garnered the sponsorship of the very conservative Sen. Mike Lee, Republican from Utah, with the Vermont Socialist Bernie Sanders. This is not partisan. It is about making the barbarism of Saudis doable.

The resolution, which has already passed the Senate, would give Mr. Trump 30 days to end U.S. military aid for the war in Yemen, a years-long conflict that has killed thousands of civilians and pushed millions to the brink of starvation. The U.S. has helped the Saudi-led coalition with bombing campaigns against Iran-allied Houthi rebels.

Awssan Kamal, head of humanitarian campaigns for Oxfam International, spoke on the Indiana Wesleyan University campus this week in Marion. He said the conflict escalated in 2015 when a coalition, led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, began bombing across Yemen.

The campaign began as an attempt to quash an uprising by Houthi rebels, who took over Yemen and forced the removal of the country’s internationally recognized president.

That was four years ago. Now the continued bombing of the impoverished nation has led to the spread of cholera. Nearly 1.3 million people in Yemen are suffering from cholera or acute water diarrhea. Oxfam says it’s the largest ourbreak ever.

The speakers and IWU support legislation sponsored by U.S. Senator Todd Young, R-Indiana, that provides realistic strategy to “end the war and alleviate the humanitarian crises,” according to Oxfam.

That should be what America is about. It’s what we think of ourselves as being about and not being an accomplice in the creation of the worse humanitarian crisis on earth, which is what we are doing now.