"No Escape": Don't Expect A Yemeni Version Of The White Helmets

Have you noticed the almost complete lack of video footage showing the ongoing Arab and US coalition aerial bombardment of Yemen's key port city of Al Hudaydah? 

Reuters reports the following:

“People are scared. The warships are terrifying and warplanes are flying overhead all the time,” university student Amina, 22, who lives near the port, told Reuters by telephone.

“People are fleeing the city to the countryside, but for those with no relatives there or money, there is no escape.”

Don't expect a Yemeni version of the "White Helmets" to emerge with high-tech cameras, slick new gear, and professional uniforms capturing Yemen's starvation and slow death under US, Saudi, and UAE warplanes.

Smoke rises from Al Hudaydah city of Yemen after Saudi-led coalition air attack. Image source: Anadolu, Getty 

Don't expect prime time news broadcasts to feature images of emaciated Yemeni babies — easily located on social media channels in the thousands.

And yet he numbers are staggering, as Reuters reports further:

The United Nations says 22 million Yemenis need humanitarian aid, and the number at risk of starvation could more than double to more than 18 million by year end unless access improves.

No, there won't be rebel leaders in Yemen beamed into CNN studios via Skype to detail the suffering of civilians under the brutal siege, because this isn't Syria... it's Yemen, where the US and its allies have not only imposed a full military blockade of land, air, and sea on an urban population of half a million people, but have also ensured a complete media blackout of on the ground footage and reporting. 

As we noted in our initial coverage the complete media and humanitarian blockade on the contested port city of Al Hudaydah means confirmation of the rapidly unfolding events have been hard to come by, though we featured what's purported to be some of the earliest social media footage of the assault, now in its second day. 

But what is firmly established concerning the conflict?

First, the Wall Street Journal has characterized the US role in the new operation as actually "deepening" as US intelligence will provide "information to fine-tune the list of targets". The US has long been a lead and integral part of the coalition (also including Bahrain, Kuwait, UAE, Egypt, Sudan, and with the UK as a huge supplier of weapons) fighting Shia Houthi rebels, which overran the Yemen’s north in 2014.

Saudi airstrikes on the impoverished country have involved the direct assistance of US intelligence and use of American and British military hardware. Cholera has also made a comeback amidst the appalling war-time conditions, and civilian infrastructure such as hospitals have been bombed by the Saudi-UAE-US coalition. The coalition claims to ultimately be thwarting Iranian ambitions inside Yemen. 

Second, the ongoing Arab and US coalition siege of Yemen's major port city through which 80% of all humanitarian aid for the war-torn country flows could result in the greatest humanitarian disaster and mass starvation in all of recent history according to the United Nations

The city of half a million is one of the sole lifelines of support for Yemen's over 27 million people from the outside world, thus analysts are predicting this to be a catastrophe for the country's civilian population in a war The New York Times notes is already "classified as the world’s worst humanitarian disaster" with "more than 75 percent of the population... dependent on food aid".

A new Reuters report estimates that "8.4 million people are on the verge of starvation, potentially the world’s worst famine for generations."

And yet on Thursday the US State Department announced it would resume funding for the controversial Syrian NGO state-funded group, the White Helmets, to the tune of $6.6, with presumably more American taxpayer funds to come. The group has long been exposed as essentially playing rescue squad for al-Qaeda and is a creation of international PR firms pushing for regime change in Syria

But again, might Yemen get its own US-funded version of the White Helmets to rescue civilians?

Why is there no video or photographic media coverage of US, Saudi, and UAE bombs raining down on masses of civilians in Al Hudaydah? Of course, the answer is obvious. 

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Early in the Yemeni war the prestigious Columbia Journalism Review produced a short study which attempted to explain, according to its title, Why almost no one’s covering the war in Yemen (in short genocide is OK when US allies do it, according to the actions and words of Western political leaders).

Other analysts have since criticized the media and political establishment's tendency to exaggerate Iran’s presence in Yemen and further willingness to ignore or downplay the clear war crimes of US client regimes in the gulf (the US-Saudi coalition claims it must liberate Al Hudayda to cut off Iranian weapons flowing to Houthi rebels). While Iran-aligned states and militias are framed as the region’s terrorizers, the Saudi-aligned coalition’s motives are constantly cast as praise-worthy and noble.

Meanwhile, the Pentagon has long reiterated its official (Orwellian) line that the US military's deep level of assistance to the Saudi bombing campaign is actually geared toward reducing civilian harm. One glaring example is contained in an Al-Monitor report from earlier this year: "Speaking to reporters at the Defense Department on the heels of a meeting with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman last week, Mattis said a contingent of US advisers deployed to help with intelligence sharing are engaged in a 'dynamic' role to help ensure a reduction in civilian harm."

But Al Monitor also noted that civilian deaths had continued unabated, while further quoting Mattis as saying, "This is the trigonometry level of warfare."

So the official Pentagon line on Yemen seems to be (confirmed repeatedly this week) that as it directly assists the Saudis in dropping bombs on civilians, it is actually "helping" those very civilians. 

Comments

LetThemEatRand Thu, 06/14/2018 - 22:49 Permalink

The United States considers the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia an ally.  It's a King...dom.  As in, it has a King.  And the United States government sucks the royal family's dick, including Trump, Obama, Bush II, Clinton, Bush I, Reagan, etc.    Saudi Arabia was the key to Nixon's/Kissinger's petro dollar.  And Nixon/Kissinger worked for someone else.

shemite wadalt Fri, 06/15/2018 - 02:00 Permalink

What about the "beautiful babies" Trump was so concerned about? What do the Trump supporters who believe he is winding down the wars think about this?

 

The goal appears to be to kill as many people as possible to bring down the population to a level Satan can handle. What is happening in the ME is a test...soon to be implemented in the rest of the world. 

...and no it is not about oil or pipelines or even the petrodollar,

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NidStyles Billy the Poet Thu, 06/14/2018 - 23:06 Permalink

We support them because they have our economy by the figurative balls.

 

The total amount of gold reserves, T-Bills, Bonds, property and pure cash in banks as well as the chain of banks they own here in the US. They own a significant chunk of the US economy, as well as supply a good deal of our energy.

 

 

That and they are friendlier to deal with than most from that region. Even though they hate most of us.

 

We deal with Denmark, England and Norway as well. They all have royal families that can lay down the law if they so chose to as well. The royals of Europe even have ties to the Saudi family. 

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Ima anal sphincter Billy the Poet Thu, 06/14/2018 - 23:30 Permalink

I remember the assistance Saudi Arabia gave to our country on September 11, 2001. It was really something. No wonder we support them in return.

 

I'm pretty damn sure that was all a lie also. Given the chance, S.A. would of jumped on the opportunity to kill Innocent people, they're just to much of stupid dumb-ass's to accomplish such a feat...... In the case of 911, I think you can lump that whole thing on our own government and that most evil of countries ISRAHELL.

ALL THIS NEEDLESS DEATH!!

I can only hope that ALL the guilty will be brought to justice and suffer deaths on par with the pain and misery that they dealt out on to others.

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A Sentinel LetThemEatRand Thu, 06/14/2018 - 23:13 Permalink

Downvote is strong but Kings and kingdoms are absolutely no worse than democracies or republics.

Armed citizens help in both kinds: obvious autocratic and pseudo-democratic society, but even that doesn’t guarantee anything because the people have to care AND be capable/willing of thinking and informing themselves.

Most people are incapable of making out propaganda. Note the modern US. I’ve seen those who can, in the old Soviet block. They were self-sufficient, knew how to shut up and ALL of them were devoutly Christian. It was that bedrock that helped them distinguish lies/truth.

kids won’t get this: but lech waleza (or any revolutionary leader) could not have done what he did as a materialist. And he had assistance from three Christian leaders. For one thing, you have to be willing to die if necessary - that’s just not compatible with the narcissism engrained in our youth by (post) modern gobeldygook.

Like I say, kids don’t remember and they’re brainwashed by the pop culture’s hatred of every undergirding that the West relied on. It’s no less true.

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HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 A Sentinel Thu, 06/14/2018 - 23:22 Permalink

Agree. I traveled through the wreckage of the old iron curtain countries (Berlin, Poland, Romania, Hungary, Belarus, Bulgaria) in 1997. Poland looked like a massive government-run housing project. Gray, gray, gray. No paint. Depressing as hell. Hungary was starting to pick up at that time but was still rough around the edges. Both Poland and Hungary were strongly Christian. Guess what they look like, now, 20 years later? Poland is alive and same for Hungary. Both are safe for travel, unlike Western Europe which dirty and infested with gimmigrants.

I can only attribute the new found sucess of Poland and Hungary to one thing: a strong Christian foundation. Don't bother visiting, or sending your children to study in Western Europe. It's too dangerous and a waste of your money and their time. Eastern Europe may survive long enough to preserve western culture. I hope.

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Oldguy05 Thu, 06/14/2018 - 22:55 Permalink

Biafrin babies..the old is the new... I hated those commercials. (they always aired at dinner time) I'd hate any new commercials as well. What can I do? Give $19.95 a month? I'm already paying to create this monstrosity!

edit: $19.95 a month would probably go to Clinton Global Initiative or some such nowadays. That worked out well for Haiti right? Load those kids on the plane quickly!!!!!!!!

Ms No Oldguy05 Fri, 06/15/2018 - 01:23 Permalink

You guys still dont get it...  Where the hell do you suppose those supllies come in at?

Zero Hedge:  As we reported earlier this week, the UN and Red Cross evacuated all personnel days before the assault on the major Yemeni port through which 80% of all humanitarian aid to the war-torn country flows. Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has also suspended operations in parts of the countryafter a Saudi coalition air raid on a cholera treatment center it supports. Cholera has made a comeback and ravaged the population in the midst of the grinding war and is expected to explode further now that Al Hudaydah port is inaccessible to aid and medical groups.

As Moon of Alabama blog noted in the lead-up to Wednesday's assault on Hudaydah port:

The genocide in Yemen is going to start tomorrow. Eight million are already on the brink of starvation. Eighteen out of twenty-six million Yemenis live in the mountainous heartlands (green) which are under control of the Houthi and their allies. They are surrounded by Saudi and U.A.E. forces and their mercenaries.There is little agriculture. The only supply line from the outside world will soon be cut off. The people will starve.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-06-13/civilians-trapped-major-assau…

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Ms No HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Fri, 06/15/2018 - 02:09 Permalink

You are supposed to not argue for genocide in our name or treat it as if it is insignificant just because they are Arab.  People had that attitude during Sept 11 and the run up to Iraq as well and look at where we are because of it. 

This just might finish us off, not to mention the innocent people we may have to watch starve by the MILLIONS.  Remember what has been done globally over an alleged 6 million.  What if this becomes the real deal?

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HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Ms No Fri, 06/15/2018 - 02:53 Permalink

Who said I supported genocide (as you are calling it)? Where did I ever argue in support of gencocide? Never!

As for the Middle East, it's their problem. You live in Arizona. Do you really think some Saudi is going to show up in Arizona when you have a flash flood or run out of water or there is a massive heat wave? Give me a break! If you think they are going to show up with little Red Crescent care packages for Americans, spare me!

When did you become such a drama queen?

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Ms No HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Fri, 06/15/2018 - 03:54 Permalink

We are talking about the genocide of potentially millions of people.  How is this not a big deal?  

You didn't say that we should genocide people but you speak as if it is a casual issue when you say things like:

"As for photos of starving children? My give-a-damn button is broken. Emotional blackmail doesn't work on me anymore."

I would hazard a guess that if you saw what this looks like you would change your mind.  

 

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rtb61 Ms No Fri, 06/15/2018 - 02:19 Permalink

So Cholera makes a comeback as they destroy a cholera treatment facility, nothing suspicious there, like perhaps Saudi Arabia using USA supplied biological weapons, you know it, you just know it.

So USA using WMDs in Yemen, now who would have believed that or is it now just to be expected.

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Ms No rtb61 Fri, 06/15/2018 - 02:30 Permalink

They took their water infrastructure out first a long time ago.  That's how the cholera started.  I remember reading that they even took out a dam.  Going for civilian infrastructure to starve people will bring on the next Hague down the road.

"War crimes also include such acts as mistreatment of prisoners of war or civilians. War crimes are sometimes part of instances of mass murder and genocide though these crimes are more broadly covered under international humanitarian law described as crimes against humanity...A war crime is an act that constitutes a serious violation of the laws of war that gives rise to individual criminal responsibility.[1]Examples of war crimes include intentionally killing civilians or prisonerstorture, destroying civilian property, taking hostagesperfidyrapeusing child soldierspillaging, declaring that no quarter will be given, and serious violations of the principles of distinction and proportionality, such as strategic bombing of civilian populations.[2]"

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Ms No Billy the Poet Fri, 06/15/2018 - 01:51 Permalink

People are going to apparently find out the hard way that the vast majority of the world's population view genocide a tad differently than they do. 

Law and order will eventually reassert itself.  If this gets as bad as it could, our country and lives have taken a left at a fork in the road that could change everything from this point forward.  Just like with after Sept 11.  Never to be the same again. 

Citizens pay for the destruction caused by their leadership.  War over BS was bad enough but this is blatant genocide.

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South Pacific Ms No Fri, 06/15/2018 - 08:28 Permalink

You are dead right in that statement, Keep fighting the good fight Ms No. Perhaps the average American does not realize it, but the anti American sentiment is growing hugely across the world, even in places such as here in other western countries among the general population whom are still very much plugged into the matrix. Perhaps this is exactly the plan, to cripple you through an absolute economic collapse, and to very much isolate you on the world stage, as at this stage you have very few real friends as it is that would stand by America is said scenario. It is the actions of your leaders that will condemn you, unfortunately most people will not take the time to differentiate between the well meaning people such as yourself, and those who have actively participated, but rather chose to condemn Americans as a whole, much like Nazi Germany was punished as a whole like you reference in a round about way. Ironically as ready as many in other western countries would be to condemn Americans for the actions of your leaders, by doing this we would also condemn ourselves, and resign ourselves to being conquered in the not too distant future as without you the balance of power shifts too far away from what the rest of the west could counter alone. Most do not have the foresight to see this, and would move to crush you while you were down, not realizing they were killing themselves with the same stroke. Again perhaps this is exactly the plan. At the end of the day these are innocent people who are suffering terribly through the actions of your leadership, and most likely mine. the very least we can do is speak out and try to help them, as speaking for myself i vehemently oppose the treatment they are receiving, and i am sure you are in a similar mindset. It is hard to win in the environment which we currently find ourselves, but absolutely absurd not to try anyway, there is far too much at stake

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