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People's Review - - OP-ED -

“The war in Ye­men will get more com­pli­cated the longer it goes on. There will be more in­ter­na­tional in­ter­est and po­lar­iza­tion in terms of the par­ties, it will frag­ment fur­ther, it will be more dif­fi­cult to re­solve – even more than it is now.” How­ever, it can be ex­pected that the Saudi-led Sunni coali­tion [in­clud­ing the UAE] will do ev­ery­thing in its power to tor­pedo these ne­go­ti­a­tions. It will never ac­cept the Houthis as an equal con­fer­ence part­ner and in this it will have the sup­port of Trump who is un­der the thumb of the Saudi crown prince – both deadly op­posed to the Shia regime in Iran which sup­ports the Houthis. There is slight hope that the United States might dis­en­gage from the Ye­men con­flict, es­pe­cially after CNN work­ing with mu­ni­tions ex­perts es­tab­lished that the weapon that left dozens of chil­dren dead on Au­gust 9 was a 227-kilo­gram laser-guided MK 82 bomb made by Lock­heed Martin, one of the top US de­fense con­trac­tors. US law­mak­ers are now de­mand­ing an­swers from the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion after this hor­rific in­ci­dent tar­get­ing in­no­cent chil­dren and civil­ians. The dead and wounded can­not be passed off as `col­lat­eral dam­age'. The United States, the United King­dom and France pro­vide lo­gis­ti­cal and in­tel­li­gence sup­port to the Saudi-led cam­paign, which in­cludes the United Arab Emi­rates (UAE). Demo­cratic House and Se­nate mem­bers have writ­ten let­ters to US de­fense of­fi­cials de­mand­ing an­swers about US in­volve­ment in the civil war which has been rag­ing for more than three years. House Democrats have writ­ten to De­fense Sec­re­tary Jim Mat­tis, Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo, and Na­tional In­tel­li­gence Di­rec­tor Daniel Coats re­quest­ing a brief­ing about US en­tan­gle­ment in the con­flict. Demo­cratic Sen­a­tor El­iz­a­beth War­ren of Mas­sachusetts wrote to US Cen­tral Com­mand chief Gen­eral Joseph Vo­tel for de­tails about how the US sup­ports the Saudi-led bomb­ing cam­paign. Last Mon­day, Trump signed a US Dol­lar 716 bil­lion de­fense bill into law that in­cluded a mea­sure re­quir­ing his ad­min­is­tra­tion to de­ter­mine whether the US or its part­ners vi­o­lated US law or pol­icy while as­sist­ing the Saudi-led coali­tion in Ye­men. Trump has raised ob­jec­tions to 52 pro­vi­sions of the new law, in­clud­ing that mea­sure. Re­gard­ing the Ye­men war, US Demo­cratic law­mak­ers will def­i­nitely put the heat on Trump, if [ and when] they win con­trol of the House [ and per­haps the Se­nate] in the com­ing Con­gres­sional mid-term elec­tions in Novem­ber!

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