The Biden Administration’s Missile Sale to Saudi Arabia Is Offensive, and Must Be Stopped | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED X-Frame-Options: SAMEORIGIN

The Biden Administration’s Missile Sale to Saudi Arabia Is Offensive, and Must Be Stopped

The Biden administration’s decision to sell $650 million in air-to-air missiles and related equipment to Saudi Arabia is a violation of President Biden’s pledge to treat Saudi Arabia as a “pariah” and to end the sale of weapons that can be used in its brutal war in Yemen, a conflict in which nearly a quarter of a million people have died since it was initiated in March 2015.

To their credit, Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Mike Lee (R-UT) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) have introduced a joint resolution of disapproval to stop the sale, which is likely to be voted on this week. It deserves support in the service of peace, human rights, and an end to the catastrophic suffering in Yemen.

Senators who are opposed to or sitting on the fence regarding the resolution have claimed that the air-to-air missiles are defensive weapons and therefore should be allowed to go through. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Saudis have imposed an air blockade on Yemen that has not only reduced access to life-saving supplies, but has also prevented people with severe medical conditions from being evacuated for treatment outside the country, a practice that has cost at least 32,000 people their lives. CARE and the Norwegian Refugee Council have also noted that the blockage on Yemen’s airport has caused “prices of some medicine to double, making it unaffordable for most of the population and further contributing to the decline of Yemen’s health system.”

Comments

SHARE THIS ARTICLE WITH YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA