Ye­meni kids’ killing also news­wor­thy

Mail & Guardian - - Comment & Analysis -

In Ye­men, is the United States again on the side of dic­ta­tors?

The mur­der of the jour­nal­ist Ja­mal Khashoggi had the news­wor­thi­ness to make news al­most ev­ery day in the past two weeks.

But when the Saudis’ bomb­ing of a school bus kills 40 chil­dren in Ye­men, this is not as news­wor­thy. As many as 14-mil­lion peo­ple — nearly half the coun­try’s pop­u­la­tion — are on the verge of famine. Ye­men also is home to the world’s worst cholera epi­demic in mod­ern his­tory, with more than a mil­lion Ye­me­nis con­tract­ing the dis­ease.

I am sure that pho­tos could be found of shred­ded, dis­mem­bered chil­dren that would equal the hor­ri­ble de­scrip­tion of Khashoggi’s dis­mem­ber­ment.

Could it be that US in­volve­ment in the Ye­men civil war — sup­ply­ing planes, bombs, mid-air re­fu­elling and tac­ti­cal sup­port — places us, once again, em­bar­rass­ingly on the side of dic­ta­tors? Or is it Trump’s re­luc­tance to let go of the $100-bil­lion arms deal to the Saudis?

Maybe the bone saw was Made in Amer­ica.

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