Beginning an intense campaign of drone strikes against Yemen on Thursday, US forces continued to pound targets in the country throughout the weekend, with little sign that anything high value was hit, but Yemeni officials continuing to label everyone anonymous person on a motorcycle killed as a “suspect,” with two more suspects killed today.
As the attacks stop being restricted to the mountains and start hitting actual towns and villages, however, the anonymity of the victims isn’t always solid, with reports out of Shabwa Province that some of the US strikes hit civilian homes, wounding a number of civilian bystanders.
Pentagon officials have largely not addressed the question of who is being targeted in specific strikes, saying only that broadly the efforts are meant to prevent al-Qaeda forces from being able to organize and carry out attacks overseas from locations within Yemen.
Mr. President: a word here.
As a Christian witness, and a Christian pacifist activist, it appears that I must politely remind you that collective punishment, as is being visited upon the Yemeni people through US and Saudi bombing raids... is a war crime.
And I would like to politely suggest to you that our complicity in Saudi war crimes will not "Make America Great Again"; it will simply make the government of this country, yet again, complicit in war crimes.
I was fervently hoping that you meant what you said about wars not being the answer to every geopolitical "threat" the US government faces when you were on the campaign trail.
Unfortunately, it appears, through this accelerated bombing campaign against Yemen, that you never meant those statements to actually be taken seriously by the voting public.