Yemen on Brink of Catastrophe as U.N. Envoy Pushes for Truce: U.S. backing of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates could be enabling the disaster. | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Yemen on Brink of Catastrophe as U.N. Envoy Pushes for Truce: U.S. backing of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates could be enabling the disaster.

top U.N. diplomat is trying to broker a truce between warring factions in Yemen as aid groups and country experts warn of a brewing humanitarian catastrophe.

Martin Griffiths, the U.N. special envoy for Yemen, is visiting in the capital of Sanaa to mediate between government forces and Houthi rebels, whose three-year war is seen as a proxy for a broader conflict between a U.S.-allied Arab coalition on one side and Iran on the other.

The United Arab Emirates, which backs Yemen’s government alongside Saudi Arabia, has sent forces to the Houthi-held city of Hodeida, whose port supplies the country with 70 percent of its humanitarian and commercial goods.

Aid groups fear that a battle there could make the port inaccessible to the rest of the country, where some 8.4 million people are on the brink of starvation and millions more rely on humanitarian aid.

“We now are experiencing, at this stage of the conflict, this really profound threat of humanitarian catastrophe,” said Stephen Rapp, the former U.S. ambassador-at-large for war crimes, in an interview with Foreign Policy during a conference on Yemen organized by the Stimson Center, a Washington-based think tank.

“We’re at a tipping point, where if this offensive really does go forward, it suddenly becomes a whole lot worse,” Rapp said.

Griffiths, who has mediated in multiple conflicts around the world, has met separately in recent weeks with Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and the Houthis’ top negotiator, Mohammed Abdul-Salam. He has said that he hopes to bring both sides to the negotiating table for an agreement to stop the fighting.

“He has the best chance of any envoy we’ve seen so far. … He certainly has more trust from the parties than any previous envoys,” said Elizabeth Dickinson, a senior analyst on the Arabian Peninsula with the International Crisis Group.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I sincerely doubt that Martin Griffiths will be allowed to succeed here, in stopping the fighting.

And I say this, because, like the General in the film "Avatar", the US, UAE and Saudi leadership want to create a crater in the memory holes of the Yemeni people so painfully huge, that they never rise up in this manner again, ever.

And if that means genocide through air and ground attacks, starvation, disease, and amputations on toddler's legs from war wounds, with no anaesthesia, terrific! Bring it!

That appears to be your current view of what is, and should be happening, in Yemen, in the eyes of these men, and their military.

But I would like to politely, quietly, and peacefully suggest to the Butcher of Yemen, AKA, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Salman, the UAE president Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and to President Trump, the world is watching here.

IF you choose not to allow a negotiated peace here move forward, after all the war crimes you have collectively inflicted on the peole of Yemen over the last 3 years, the world will be condemning outright what you are doing here, and history will remember you all as war criminals, but nothing more.

And to Ivanka Trump and Melania Trump, two very smart women to whom the President does pay attention: please show President Trump the following images of what US enabled Saudi war crimes look like in Yemen; I don't think the rest of his advisors have shown him these images, and I think he needs to see them.

Images: Yemeni children killed by Saudi Bombing Runs

And no, ladies; these images have not been photoshopped to make them appear to be more gruesome than they already are.

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