Ye­men...

People's Review - - OP-ED - The writer can be reached at: sha­shipb­malla@hot­mail.com

month. In Ger­many, Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel's con­ser­va­tives and the So­cial Democrats had agreed in their ‘grand coali­tion' deal early this year not to sell weapons to any side fight­ing in Ye­men's civil war. But Berlin has now ap­proved de­liv­ery of mil­i­tary equip­ment to Saudi Ara­bia and the UAE, de­spite proven acts of ‘war crimes' by them in Ye­men. It is in­deed strange that the lead­ing Western pow­ers [ex­clud­ing France] -- nor­mally staunch sup­port­ers of a rules- based in­ter­na­tional sys­tem -have all taken such a hyp­o­crit­i­cal and cal­lous stance in the Ye­men con­flict. If they re­ally sin­cerely wished for a brisk hu­man­i­tar­ian so­lu­tion, they could eas­ily ini­ti­ate ro­bust mea­sures un­der the aegis of the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, in­clud­ing the use of force. In this in­stance, there would surely be una­nim­ity among the veto-wield­ing mem­bers!

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