40 innocent children killed on a bus in Yemen.
Our crime. pic.twitter.com/yQ7FULulj2
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) August 17, 2018
For the moment let’s acknowledge that Saudi Arabia launched their own military intervention in the form of drone attacks and airstrikes. The campaign is supported with weapons and money from the U.S. government. The aforementioned school bus full of children? On August 9th, the US-Saudi coalition dropped a 500-pound, laser guided MK-82 bomb manufactured by Lockheed Martin, on a bus full of kids driving in Dahyan in Saada province of Yemen. The bomb killed 51 people, including 40 children. Reportedly, the US State Department and the Saudi defended the act as a “legitimate military operation”.
These types of attacks are not unusual in this conflict. Recently, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said the war in Yemen was now the “world’s worst humanitarian crisis” with more than 22 million people in need of help. Guterres told a conference that there are millions of people without access to clean drinking water and at risk of a cholera epidemic.
Of course, this matter is only made worse by the fact that Republicans rejected an amendment to the Defense Appropriations Bill which would have put restrictions on U.S. financial support for the bombing campaign. U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy said the amendment “would cut off United States’ support for the Saudi Arabia-led coalition’s war in Yemen until the Secretary of Defense certified that the coalition’s air campaign is not violating international law and U.S. policy related to the protection of civilians”. Now we can’t have the politicians cut off the lifeblood to the Military Industrial Complex, can we?
Of course, we the people can cut off their source of revenue by finding ways to avoid paying taxes. Otherwise, the cold hard reality is that there will be more dead people. There will be more buses of dead children; hospitals, schools, funerals, and weddings being bombed, and more people who have a justifiable anger towards the U.S. government and military.