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Saudis are some of the world’s most ruthless figures. They rule with an iron fist.
They tolerate no opposition. They partner with Washington’s regional wars.
They were caught red-handed supplying Syrian takfiris with chemical weapons – used against defenseless civilians.
They’re at it again. Overnight reports indicate they attacked Yemen’s Saada province with banned chemical agents.
Toxic gas left scores of Yemeni civilians dead or injured. The exact number isn’t known so far.
Witnesses and aid workers said white smoke rose from Saudi terror-bombing. Injured victims experienced suffocation, nausea and diarrhea.
Days earlier, Houthi rebels intercepted Saudi trucks carrying chemical agents.
Yemeni General Khalid al-Barayemi said they were heading for areas controlled by terrorists.
Substances seized is used for producing lethal sarin gas. Al-Barayemi believes Turkey is complicit in supplying chemical agents under the cover of humanitarian aid.
World leaders able to stop this horror support it – mindless of naked aggression harming defenseless civilians most of all.
Nightmarish conditions exist throughout much of Yemen. ICRC officials said they were denied access to Maareb in central Yemen – where large numbers urgently need medical treatment.
ICRC’s Cedric Schweizer said “(w)e very much regret the lack of access to Maareb, where hospitals face shortages of medical equipment.”
“The wounded, including civilians and combatants, cannot get the lifesaving treatment they need.”
Similar conditions exist throughout much of the country. Overwhelming needs of virtually everything exceed the best humanitarian efforts to help.
Blockading air, land and sea makes it impossible to deliver enough desperately needed food, water, medical and other vital supplies.
Since Saudi-led terror-bombing began in late March, over 150,000 Yemenis have been displaced, according to OCHA.
Thousands more flee homes for safety daily. There’s nowhere to hide. No safe havens exist.
Saudi terror-bombing deliberately targets civilian sites – including with banned weapons. Naked aggression is mass-murdering and injuring thousands.
Saudis, Washington and Israel are the main backers of regional terrorist groups – IS, Nusra Front, Al Qaeda and others.
They supply them with funding, weapons, munitions and other aid. Saudis provide lethal chemical agents. Maybe Washington and Israel do the same thing.
Eighteen Western Yemeni scholars published an open letter condemning Saudi-led terror-bombing.
They called it “illegal under international law.” They called for a Security Council resolution “demanding an immediate, unconditional ceasefire.”
They accused Saudis of deliberately targeting “schools, homes, refugee camps, water systems, grain stores and food industries.”
They warned “(t)his has the potential for appalling harm to ordinary Yemenis as almost no food or medicine can enter.”
“As specialists we are more than aware of internal divisions within Yemeni society, but we consider that it is for the Yemenis themselves to be allowed to negotiate a political settlement,” they said.
Robert Burrowes, University of Washington
Steve Caton, Harvard University
Sheila Carapico, University of Richmond
Paul Dresch, University of Oxford
Najam Haidar, Barnard College
Anne Meneley, Trent University
Brinkley Messick, Columbia University
Flagg Miller, University of California-Davis
Martha Mundy, London School of Economics
Thanos Petouris, SOAS-University of London
Lucine Taminian, The American Academic Research Institute in Iraq
Gabriele vom Bruck, SOAS-University of London
Lisa Wedeen, University of Chicago
John Willis, University of Colorado
Stacey Philbrick Yadav, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Sami Zubaida, Birkbeck College, London
Expect their plea to fall on deaf ears in Washington, other Western capitals and Riyadh.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html Visit his blog site at www.sjlendman.blogspot.com.
By: Robert J. Burrowes –
As the world continues to engage in various commemorations in relation to World War I, Australia approaches the centenary anniversary of a defining event in the nation’s history: ANZAC Day. On 25 April 1915, and for many days after, Australia suffered savage losses at Gallipoli in Turkey.
Sometimes when we reflect on war, we talk about sacrifice for a good cause. Other times, we talk about the cost, in lives or liberties lost. Occasionally, we talk about the horror. Sometimes we talk about the gains, nationally or internationally, for freedom and democracy. And rarely, we analyse the causes of war and lament that one day we might end it.
When I reflect on war, I think of my uncles and great uncles, and my father and mother (both veterans of World War II) and I know what I want to do. But briefly first, some history.
My great uncle, Thomas Ince Farrell, was a soldier in the 16th Battalion of the AIF in World War I. He was killed in action at Pope’s Hill, Gallipoli ‘on or about’ 2 May 1915.
Another great uncle, Leslie Burrowes, was a trooper in the 10th Light Horse Regiment of the AIF in World War I. He was wounded in action three times at Gallipoli and died prematurely some years after the Great War, a psychologically broken man. He was undoubtedly suffering from what today would be called post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He survived the horrors of war to live with them psychologically for the rest of his difficult and shortened life.
My father had two brothers: his older brother, Robert, and his twin brother, Thomas. Both were killed in World War II.
Bob was a soldier in the 34th Fortress Engineers of the Australian Imperial Force. He was captured during the fall of Rabaul on 22 January 1942, held prisoner and half-starved at the Malaguna Road camp until he was put on the Japanese prisoner-of-war ship Montevideo Maru in late June. On 1 July 1942, the unmarked and unescorted Montevideo Maru was torpedoed off Luzon by the USS Sturgeon. The ship sank in six minutes. All 1,053 Australian prisoners of war were killed: it was Australia’s largest single loss of life in a single incident during the entire war.
In his final letter home, written while he was a prisoner, Bob wrote ‘Get Jim out if you possibly can.’ But it was too late. Bob’s brother Jim had already joined up and been assigned to M Special Force; he served as a coastwatcher in Papua New Guinea. After the war he married Beryl, a veteran of the Women’s Australian Air Force (WAAF). Jim and Beryl ‘made’ me, as Dad sometimes jokes.
My father’s twin brother Tom was a wireless air gunner on a Beaufort Bomber (popularly but irreverently known as ‘flying coffins’) in the RAAF’s 100 Squadron. He was shot down over Rabaul on his first mission on 14 December 1943. His plane was never found.
In 1966, the year I turned 14, I decided that I would devote my life to answering two questions: Why are human beings violent? How can this violence be ended? I also decided to act on the basis of what I learned by seeking answers to these two questions. This is more than a life passion: It is why I live.
If you like, you can read what I have learned in the past 49 years, particularly with the help of my beloved Anita. It is summarised in a document that I called ‘Why Violence?’ http://tinyurl.com/whyviolence
You can also join a worldwide effort to create a world without violence by signing the online pledge of ‘The People’s Charter to Create a Nonviolent World’ http://thepeoplesnonviolencecharter.wordpress.com
A world without violence might not be possible, but we humans are always undertaking things that look impossible at first glance. Besides, my parents always taught me to ‘Try. Try again.’ I still do. And, at 92, they are still my greatest supporters.
Robert J. Burrowes has a lifetime commitment to understanding and ending human violence. He has done extensive research since 1966 in an effort to understand why human beings are violent and has been a nonviolent activist since 1981. He is the author of ‘Why Violence?’ http://tinyurl.com/whyviolence His email address is [email protected] and his website is at http://robertjburrowes.wordpress.com
Obama’s fascist Ukrainian friends are ruthless. They’re dangerous/unscrupulous gangster thugs systematically abolishing personal freedoms.
Try finding a single major Western media report explaining Kiev regime lawlessness – and the ominous threat it poses. None exist. What demands denunciation gets scoundrel media support.
On the one hand, Ukrainian officials are actively readying for renewed full-scale aggression on Donbass – with full US support and encouragement, including heavy weapons and munitions supplied.
On the other, they’re reigning terror on anyone opposing their ruthless rule – courageous individuals demanding democratic rights.
Obama and Kiev officials partner in high crimes. One rogue state supports another. Both countries are fascist police states – with laws abolishing personal freedoms.
Last May, Right Sector thugs massacred hundreds of Odessans in cold blood unaccountably. They’re at it again.
Residents rallying against dire economic conditions, force-fed austerity, unaffordable gas prices, and lost freedoms were harassed, threatened, kidnapped, and taken to an unknown location.
One protester spoke for others saying “(w)e came here to a peaceful rally in support of initiatives to strengthen local self-government, including initiating ‘Porto-Franco’ ” free trade zone status.
Odessan taxes go to Kiev. Local socio-economic needs are largely ignored.
“We wanted to tell (Ukranian) officials that we will not allow lawlessness and require them to fulfill their duty before the people,” another protester said.
Fascist thugs challenged peaceful demonstrators – kidnapping over 50. Their whereabouts remains unknown.
Based on notorious Kiev practices, they’re likely being brutalized in confinement. Perhaps some were killed.
The Ukrainian web site Khvylya controlled by state authorities openly calls for imprisoning or deporting pro-Russian supporters.
It separately urged killing Russian journalists in Donbass. Nazi-infested fascist regimes operate this way.
Illegitimate Ukrainian governance is a cancer in Europe’s heartland – fully supported by Washington, rogue EU partners, and go-along media scoundrels ignoring Kiev’s worst crimes.
They include assassinating political opponents. In recent weeks, seven high-profile “suicides” were reported – state-sponsored murder by any standard.
Zaporozhzhye regional governor/former ruling Party of Regions member Alexander Peklushenko was the most recent victim last month.
The Nazi-infested internal affairs ministry reported his death as follows:
“Alexander Peklushenko committed suicide at his home in the village of Solnechnoye. At the moment the investigative team is working on the scene.”
Fact: Cold-blooded state-sponsored murder in Ukraine is called “suicide” to conceal criminality.
Another former ruling Party of Regions/State Property Fund head, Mikhail Chechetov, was reported dead after mysteriously falling from his apartment window – on the same day as Boris Nemtsov’s murder.
Other eliminated former Ukrainian officials included:
• Nicholai Sergienko: former deputy “Ukrzaliznytsia” head;
• Nikolai Kolesnik: former Kharkov (Ukraine’s second largest city) regional council head;
• Sergey Valter: former Melitopol mayor;
• Sergey Bordyuga: Melitopol deputy chief of police; and
• Stanislav Melnik: former MP.
Political assassinations reflect official Kiev policy. Thousands of others are lawlessly imprisoned under horrific gulag conditions.
Unknown numbers perish during confinement. Some just disappear.
On Thursday, prominent anti-regime journalist Oles Buzina was murdered in Kiev – the latest political assassination.
He supported legitimate/ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. He was shot to death near his apartment building in central Kiev.
Witnesses said two men wearing masks fled the scene in a Ford Focus car with either Latvian or Belarusian license plates.
Buzina was a journalist/writer/TV host/known Poroshenko regime critic.
On April 13, journalist Sergei Sukhobok was murdered. He co-founded the online sites Obkom and ProUA – critical of fascist rule.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova explained ongoing political purges in Ukraine, saying:
“It is scary because none of the leaders in the EU will take notice that, day after day politicians are being killed in Ukraine.”
“Let’s try and find at least 20 tweets of foreign ministers of Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Sweden, the UK, Canada, USA, and Australia, representatives of the OSCE, EU and NATO expressing concern over the killing of Ukrainian politician and condemning the situation in Ukraine.”
On Wednesday, former MP/regime critic Oleh kalashnikov was murdered in Kiev. He was found shot to death near his residence.
Konstantin Kosachev heads the Commonwealth of Independent States Federal Agency.
He urged Western leaders to “pay attention to the political killings in Ukraine instead of the rhetoric of sanctions against Russia.”
Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov blamed Kiev for political murders.
He denounced Western leaders, saying “because of your support in Ukraine there are political murders, terror taking place against political opponents, and all the people.”
“What else should these Nazis do, for you to finally understand and be aware of your responsibility for what is happening now in Ukraine.”
It bears repeating. US-installed/Nazi-infested Kiev thugs threaten their own people and European peace.
It’s more fragile today than at any time since events preceding WW II.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html Visit his blog site at www.sjlendman.blogspot.com.
US-orchestrated/Saudi-led terror-bombing continues murdering defenseless Yemeni men, women and children daily.
Genocide is occurring in plain sight. Media scoundrels ignore what demands screaming headlines of condemnation.
Obama bears full responsibility. Saudis and other involved despotic regimes share it. So do Western leaders supporting an atrocity they should make every effort to stop.
The World Food Program (WFP) said half of Yemen’s 25 million people go hungry for lack of food. Starvation may claim many thousands.
Untreated wounds for lack of available medicines and treatment may take thousands more. Young children and the elderly are most vulnerable.
On Friday, UN authorities launched an urgent appeal. They need to raise $274 million quickly to provide desperately needed aid. A UN statement said:
“The devastating conflict in Yemen takes place against the backdrop of an existing humanitarian crisis that was already one of the largest and most complex in the world.”
Saudi-led terror-bombing and ground fighting so far displaced over 150,000 Yemenis – thousands more daily.
UN Humanitarian Coordinator Johannes Van Der Klaauw said “(o)rdinary families are struggling to access healthcare, water, food and fuel – basic requirements for their survival.”
Millions are affected in 18 of 22 Yemeni governorates – perhaps all of them as conflict deepens.
Virtually no safe havens exist. Civilian neighborhoods, hospitals, schools, mosques and other non-military related sites are being struck.
Some estimates indicate over 2,500 killed – many more thousands wounded.
“I urge donors to act now to support the people of Yemen at this time of greatest need,” Van Der Klaauw urged.
After three weeks of devastating Saudi-led terror bombing (naked aggression by any standard), UN Secretary General noticed.
He’s a longtime imperial tool. He disgraces the office he holds. Instead of condemning US-orchestrated/Saudi-led mass murder, he pathetically urged all sides to halt hostilities.
“…I am calling for an immediate ceasefire in Yemen by all parties,” he said.
Why now? Why not immediately after Saudi-led terror-bombing began? Why hasn’t he clearly condemned the conflict’s perpetrators?
Why has he largely ignored Yemenis suffering this long? Why does he support US direct and proxy wars while pretending otherwise?
Why is he a reliable US imperial tool instead of fulfilling his UN mandate?
Yemen is being systematically raped. Millions of Yemeni lives are threatened.
During a Friday Solidarity Rally with Yemen, Hezbollah leader Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah condemned Saudi aggression.
“This rally is aimed at voicing our condemnation and rejection of the Saudi-American aggression against Yemen and its people and at expressing our support for this noble people,” he said.
He urged all Yemenis to unite against what’s ongoing.
“It is our human, jihadist and religious duty to take this stance and all the sons of this nation must reassess their responsibilities and take the appropriate stance,” he urged.
“Intimidation or threats will not prevent us from continuing to declare our condemnation of the aggression against Yemen.”
“This major historic period is affecting the entire region, not only Yemen…This is a war against an Arab people.”
Its “real objective is restoring the Saudi-American hegemony over Yemen” Millions of Yemenis are without food, water and medical aid,” he added.
He called on all Yemenis to “defeat the aggression.” He urged a political solution and end to fighting.
Iran’s Defense Minister General Hossein Dehqan blamed Washington and Israel for waging aggression on Yemen. He believes efforts to defeat Houthi resistance will fail.
Vladimir Putin called for “an immediate cessation of military activities” in Yemen within 24 hours after Saudi terror-bombing began.
Obama wants escalated war. He’s supplying Saudis with munitions, intelligence, logistical help and targets to strike – including civilian ones.
He’s mindless of human suffering. US imperial objectives alone matter.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html Visit his blog site at www.sjlendman.blogspot.com.
Last April, Obama declared war on Donbass – using Kiev forces as convenient proxies.
He launched naked aggression weeks after ousting Ukraine’s legitimate government – installing putschist Nazi thugs replacing it.
They tolerate no opposition. They imprison or murder anyone challenging their authority.
Donbass freedom fighters reject fascist rule. They want Ukraine governed democratically.
They deserve universal support. All Donbass residents paid dearly for wanting fundamental freedoms.
Their struggle continues – perhaps for years. Fascists in Washington and Kiev don’t wage wars to quit.
Nor will Donbass freedom-fighters surrender to their authority. They routed Ukrainian forces.
They’ll do it again when Obama orders conflict resumed full-scale. Preparations are readying to do it – at his discretion.
US combat troops are working with Ukrainian forces. NATO planes arrive regularly carrying heavy weapons, munitions and other war supplies.
Expect lots more death and destruction ahead. Sputnik News explained the toll so far after one year of conflict.
Affected residents can explain it best of all. Their suffering and trauma continues daily. They mourn for loved ones lost.
No conflict resolution will bring them back. Nothing can change what happened. The worst may be yet to come.
UN figures claim 6,072 killed – another 15,345 wounded. Independent sources report much higher figures – multiples more than conservative estimates.
Perhaps 100,000 or more have been killed or wounded – many maimed for life.
The Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) estimates 1.5 million internally or externally displaced refugees.
OSCE officials report seven journalists killed, another 170 injured. These are conservative figures. More accurate ones are likely higher.
Donbass is one of the world’s most dangerous places for journalists. Kiev forces openly target them. Other times, they’re arrested, detained and tortured. Some die in captivity.
In Donetsk, an estimated 9,464 facilities and other structures were destroyed – including:
• 5,302 residential buildings;
• 53 hospitals and other medical facilities;
• 250 schools and pre-schools;
• 13 colleges and universities;
• 17 sports venues;
• 32 cultural institutions;
• 88 commercial enterprises;
• 56 industrial facilities;
• 605 power lines and distribution facilities;
• 148 heat supply facilities;
• 30 water supply facilities;
• 2,669 gas supply facilities;
• 53 road and transport infrastructure elements;
• Donetsk airport – turned to rubble; and
• the Saur-Monila memorial complex – entirely destroyed.
In Lugansk, an estimated 8,500 facilities and other structures were destroyed – including:
• 7,899 residential buildings;
• 65 hospitals, clinics and laboratories;
• 3 gas distribution stations;
• 33 heat supply facilities;
• 43 water supply facilities;
• 37 government buildings;
• 97 schools and pre-schools;
• 68 cultural institutions; and
• 77 churches.
Billions of dollars are needed to restore what’s lost. Maybe many billions more before conflict ends.
All the above devastation was non-military related. Even in legitimate wars, international law strictly forbids targeting civilians and non-military related sites.
Doing so constitutes war crimes. Waging naked aggression is the supreme high crime against peace.
It’s longstanding US policy – direct with US forces or using proxies like in Syria, Yemen and Donbass.
These and other US wars rage without end – genocidal by any standard.
Obama is systematically raping Yemen – using Saudi-led terror-bombing to do his dirty work.
He wants Washington regaining control over its former client state. The lives and welfare of millions of Yemenis don’t matter.
Israel’s Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) believes “(t)he Saudi-led collective move in Yemen entails a significant advantage for Israel.”
Houthi Ansarullah fighters “cannot be defeated from the air. The Saudi goal is to prevent (them) from using advanced weapons – fighter jets and surface-to-surface missiles – and keep the strategic port city of Aden from falling into their hands.”
Houthis don’t threaten Israel. Al Qaeda, IS and likeminded extremist groups don’t have air power except when Washington supplies it.
Endless war in Yemen continues. Casualties mount daily. Human suffering is extreme.
Streets in conflict areas are deserted – accept for bodies piling up. Essentials to life are in short supply or unavailable altogether. A humanitarian catastrophe is unfolding in real time.
Saudi Arabia dismissed Iran’s call to halt fighting. Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal said “(h)ow can Iran call for us to stop fighting…”
He lied claiming “(w)e came to Yemen to help the legitimate authority, and Iran is not in charge of Yemen.”
The so-called “legitimate authority” is US-installed with no legitimacy whatever.
Saudi terror-bombing serves US imperial interests and its own. Mass-murdering Yemenis is considered OK – including deliberately targeting civilian men, women and children, killing them in cold blood.
The death toll likely tops 2,000. Numbers injured include thousands more – many maimed for life.
Official figures way undercount. Slow-motion genocide explains things.
Well over 100,000 have been displaced. Eighteen days of terror-bombing and ground fighting caused horrific conditions.
Hospitals are overwhelmed. At least five were terror-bombed. Those operating haven’t enough supplies for the wounded.
The longer conflict continues, the worse things get. A grocer running out of food said “(t)he war of hunger has not started yet.”
Residents in conflict areas have no place to hide. Yemen is being systematically raped, ravaged and destroyed – another US imperial victim.
It may be turned to rubble before things end. Tens of thousands may die.
An Aden resident said everything around him is “damaged, ruined. Everything is destroyed.”
Saudis “are bombing innocent people and families.” French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius visiting Riyadh expressed support for Saudi-led terror-bombing.
“(W)e are here to demonstrate our support, especially political, to the Saudi authorities,” he said.
One rogue regime supports another. Mass slaughter and destruction are OK.
Resolving things militarily is impossible. Violence assures more of it.
Diplomacy alone can work. Iran’s state-run Al-Alam TV said hackers accessed its Twitter account and You Tube channel.
They published fabricated reports about Houthi leader Abdul-Makik Houthi’s death.
Al-Alam officials blamed Saudi anger for its critical reporting of its terror-bombing.
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Kkamenei called Riyadh’s campaign a “crime and genocide.”
He cited rising civilian casualties. Obama refuses to evacuate up to 4,000 stranded US citizens.
Russia continues rescuing hundreds of people in need – so far citizens from 19 countries, including 45 Russian nationals and 18 Americans on Sunday.
Others are being evacuated by air and sea. Five air rescue missions were undertaken.
At least eight other countries are evacuating their nationals – including China and India.
A trapped US citizen told RT International:
“Nobody will help us evacuate. The (US government’s) reply was an automated message that they do not have any evacuation plans. Basically we are left on our own.”
America prioritizes waging global direct and proxy wars of aggression.
Its message to trapped US citizens in Yemen: You’re on your own, out of luck, too bad if you’re killed or injured. Expect no help from Washington.
US resources go for war-making – not helping its own citizens in need, at home or abroad.
Last week, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said Houthis haven’t decided whether to launch attacks on Saudi territory or try cutting off the strategically important Bab-el-Mandred strait – connecting the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden.
Nasrallah believes Saudi aggression will end in “catastrophic failure.” How many thousands of Yeminis will perish in the meantime?
How much unspeakable human suffering will continue?
Obama wants endless conflict. He operates by his own rules. He invents them to fit policy.
He does so to justify mass murder. Human lives don’t matter. Civilians are as fair game as combatants.
He once bragged to aides about murder by drones saying “I’m really good at killing people.”
Millions died on his watch – by violence, preventable diseases, starvation and overall deprivation.
How many more will perish before his tenure ends? How much more human suffering is too much?
How much longer will US unaccountability for high crimes against peace be tolerated? When will long denied justice be served?
A Final Comment
On Sunday, Fars News reported senior Yemeni Ansarullah movement member Hossein al-Ezzi saying “differences have intensified in the Al Saud dynasty over the Saudi-led airstrikes on Yemen.”
“(I)nsecurities (in several Saudi regions) have been intensified.” Some Saudi official fear possible internal chaos.
Conflict threatens to spill cross-border. Anything ahead is possible.
War has a way of widening on its own. The entire Gulf area may be embroiled before things end.
Make no mistake. Yemen is Obama’s war. He’s using Saudi-led terror-bombing to serve US interests – to regain control of its former client state.
It’s high time this naked aggression was universally condemned. Noncombatant men, women and children are being willfully murdered in cold blood.
After two weeks of terror-bombing, the UN finally noticed. Special Rapporteur for Internally Displaced Persons Chaloka Beyani accused Saudi Arabia of deliberately killing Yemeni civilians.
Saudi-led warplanes bombed civilian neighborhoods, the Mazraq refugee camp, hospitals, schools and “other civilian buildings,” said Beyani.
Power and water facilities were struck. So were Yemen’s largest food storage and dairy buildings.
Beyani called terror-bombing attacks “a grave violation against some of the most vulnerable of the vulnerable civilians.”
Scores of children were killed. Hundreds of Yemeni civilians were murdered or maimed for life.
Estimates of civilian deaths and injuries are conservative. On Wednesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated 643 deaths, including 74 children – another 2,226 injured.
The true toll may be double these figures. As fighting continues, expect them to be many multiples higher ahead.
Tens of thousands may die before conflict ends. Expect countless thousands more to be gravely injured.
Lives, welfare and futures are being irreparably destroyed – victims of US imperial arrogance, the same ugly business occurring everywhere America shows up.
Beyani warned the international community “to prepare for massive displacement and humanitarian crisis as conflict torn Yemen further descends into chaos and civilians flee the fighting.”
“The international community must prepare for a worst case scenario,” he said.
“While efforts to reach a diplomatic solution are essential, the picture on the ground is extremely bleak and humanitarian responses must be stepped up as a matter of urgency.”
“Unless rapidly resolved, the crisis could lead to mass displacement in the wake of heavy and ongoing fighting and airstrikes.”
“Those responsible for violations of international humanitarian and human rights law, including the indiscriminate targeting of civilians, must be held accountable.”
Conflict affects 14 of Yemen’s 22 governorates. Perhaps the entire country will be devastated before it ends.
Over 100,000 are internally or externally displaced so far – in just two weeks of conflict.
If continued for months or years like in other US regional wars, the lives and welfare of millions of Yemenis are at risk.
Obama bears full responsibility for slow-motion genocide in multiple conflict theaters. Endless US direct and proxy wars continue.
Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani accused Saudi Arabia of committing crimes against humanity in Yemen by bombing civilian areas.
Iran’s Judiciary Chief Sadeq Amoli Larijani warned Saudi officials to stop terror-bombing Yemen or face consequences for its actions.
“Saudi Arabia’s aggression against Yemen is a very regrettable event in the Muslim world which should end as soon as possible through talks and negotiations,” he said.
“Otherwise, this blatant aggression of a government which claims (to be leading) Islam, against the Muslim people of another country who want to decide their fate will not remain unanswered.”
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian urged an immediate halt to fighting on all sides.
Crisis conditions must be settled diplomatically, they said.
Meanwhile, Saudi-led terror-bombing continues – with full US support and encouragement.
A devastating humanitarian crisis worsens daily. Yemen’s soul is up for grabs. So are the lives of its 25 million people.
Neocon lunatics in Washington consider it a small price to pay. International law calls it the highest of high crimes.
In the 1960s, Vietnam war protesters chanted “Hey! Hey! LBJ! How many kids did you kill today?”
Obama way exceeds his ruthlessness – murdering and maiming noncombatants in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Donbass, Palestinians complicit with Israel and now Yemen.
Who’s next? Everywhere he shows up, mass slaughter and destruction follow. So does horrific human suffering words can’t explain.
Make no mistake. Yemen is Obama’s war. Months of preparation preceded hostilities. Detailed planning chose targets now terror-bombed.
Saudi-led forces are US proxies, serving American regional interests over the corpses of likely many thousands before conflict ends.
Neocon lunatics in Washington consider it a small price to pay. International law calls it the highest of high crimes.
Conditions in Yemen for many were desperate before fighting began. Now they’re catastrophic for many millions.
In more normal times, Oxfam estimates around 16 million Yemenis dependent on humanitarian aid to survive.
About 10 million haven’t enough food. Around 13 million have no access to clean drinking water.
Nine million lack basic medical care – greatly exacerbated now because most international aid workers left to avoid danger.
In the last 24 hours alone, reports estimate around 140 killed, many more seriously injured.
After nearly two weeks of terror-bombing, hundreds have been murdered in cold blood, thousands injured. The specter of starvation haunts many as food is increasingly in short supply.
Casualties mount daily. Noncombatant civilians suffer most. On April 6, a UN News Center report said:
“The violence in Yemen continues to wreak havoc upon the country’s civilian population and restricts humanitarian access to those most in need amid a spate of aerial attacks and ground incursions.”
Residential neighborhoods, hospitals, schools, public areas and vital infrastructure are being deliberately terror-bombed.
The UN reported residential buildings and bridges destroyed in Aden and Ma’ala. Conditions are “rapidly deteriorating” throughout much of the country, it said.
The World Health Organization (WHO) reported the deaths of healhcare workers. It said hospitals were damaged or destroyed. It voiced concern about “the serious implications of these attacks.”
The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported increasing numbers child deaths and injuries.
It estimates scores killed so far, many others maimed for life. It calls its estimates “conservative.”
UNICEF Yemen representative Julien Harneis said:
“Children are paying an intolerable price for this conflict. They are being killed, maimed and forced to flee their homes, their health threatened and their education interrupted.”
“These children should be immediately afforded special respect and protection by all parties to the conflict, in line with international humanitarian law.”
“The conflict is exacerbating the already precarious situation for children in one of the region’s poorest countries.”
Under more normal conditions, many Yemenis face food insecurity. Severe acute malnutrition is widespread among young children.
Growing numbers of Yemenis are being displaced. UN sources estimate at least 100,000 so far. A major refugee crisis looms.
A humanitarian one already exists. All essentials to life are in short supply or unavailable – including food, clean water, medical supplies, healthcare and electricity.
Terror-bombing disrupted, damaged or destroyed southern area drinking water and sanitation facilities.
Raw sewage flows in streets. The risk of widespread illness and disease is huge.
Aden residents reported one or more foreign warships (maybe US ones) shelling coastlines.
Explosions rocked suburban areas. Houthi fighters continue making gains despite intense terror-bombing and ground fighting.
Reuters reported heavy shelling and street fighting in and around Aden for days.
It indicated mounting food, water, medical supplies and electricity shortages throughout much of the country.
Sanaa, the capital, Aden, and surrounding areas are especially hard hit.
Reuters quoted a woman named Fatima walking through near-barren streets with her young children pleading: “How are we supposed to live without water and electricity?”
Desperately needed ICRC aid hasn’t arrived. A spokesperson said:
“We are still working on getting the plane to Sanaa. It’s a bit difficult with the logistics because there are not that many companies or cargo planes willing to fly into a conflict zone.”
The ICRC is trying to get medical supplies in by sea from neighboring Djibouti. Fighting makes it extremely hazardous doing so.
Food is in short supply. Bottled water is no longer available. Water fit to drink is hard to find.
A mother of three said “(f)ood is in short supply, and thousands of children sleep hungry.”
“Where are the international aid organizations? There is no support coming to Yemen. Innocent civilians and children are dying in Aden while the world is watching.”
Yemen under normal conditions imports about 90% of its food. Saudi-blocked sea and air routes prevents supplies from arriving.
ICRC spokeswoman Maria Claire Feghali said “(t)he most critical part, the biggest challenge is the medical one. The hospitals are exhausted.”
Last week, fighting killed three Red Cross workers. Fars News reports Saudi Arabia enlisting Al Qaeda terrorists to battle Houthis on the ground.
Yemeni General Khalid al-Barayem said Houthi fighters intercepted trucks with (likely Saudi-supplied) chemical weapons heading for areas controlled by elements loyal to ousted US-installed illegitimate president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.
Substances seized can produce deadly sarin gas, he said. Turkish aircraft are delivering weapons to Hadi loyalists under the cover of humanitarian aid, he added.
As of April 7, Fars News estimates at least 887 Yemenis killed – “including hundreds of women and children.”
Saudi-led terror-bombing is deliberately targeting civilian areas and infrastructure, it added.
“There is no question that the US-supported and Saudi-led attack on Yemen is a blatant act of illegal aggression,” it stressed.
Civilian victims are dying. Others are maimed for life. Hundreds of thousands are suffering horrendously from humanitarian crisis conditions.
Where is the international community when most needed? Why haven’t responsible world leaders acted to stop US-planned/Saudi-led mass slaughter and destruction?
Hey! Hey! Barack! How many Yemeni kids did you kill today?
And Afghans. And Iraqis. And Syrians among many other victims of US direct and proxy aggression!
Civilians suffer most in all wars. Yemen is no exception. Sanaa is becoming a ghost town.
One shopkeeper said “(t)here are very few people left here. Everyone has fled, and those who have stayed live alone without their families.”
“So hardly anyone comes to buy anything anymore.Now I’m lucky if I make $20 a day.”
“How can I pay my rent or even my electricity bills? If the situation stays like this then I’m sure I’ll be out of business within days.”
According to Yemeni Post editor-in-chief Hakin al-Masmari, “(a)t the beginning they were targeting only Sanaa, so people were fleeing to the provinces.”
“However, now they have expended to the suburbs as well.”
Yemenis in attacked areas are trapped in their homes. They face shortages of essentials to life – including food, water, medical supplies, and power.
Yemen already is the region’s poorest country. War exacerbated things greatly.
Even where food and other products and services are available, most Yemenis can’t afford them. Survival for many is threatened.
A growing refugee and unemployment crisis compounds things. Human misery affects millions.
The World Food Program says about 13 million Yemenis have only polluted water for drinking and other uses.
Around a million aged-five or under Yemeni children are malnourished. Expect the number to grow exponentially in coming weeks and months.
The Pentagon is coordinating Saudi-led terror-bombing – choosing targets, supplying munitions, providing intelligence, refueling attacking warplanes, and providing other services.
Sputnik News reported US warships shelling Yemeni targets. Air attacks struck residential neighborhoods, hospitals, schools, power stations, a Hodeida dairy plant, and other nonmilitary sites.
Reports indicate growing shortages of everything essential to life.
Areas being attacked are paralyzed. On April 2, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos issued a statement saying:
“I am extremely concerned for the safety of civilians caught in the middle of fierce fighting in Yemen.”
“I call on all parties involved to meet their obligations under international law and do their utmost to protect the ordinary women, children and men who are suffering the consequences of the conflict.”
“Reports from humanitarian partners in different parts of the country indicate that some 519 people have been killed and nearly 1,700 injured in the past two weeks – over 90 of them children.”
“Tens of thousands of people have fled their homes, some by crossing the sea to Djibouti and Somalia.”
“Electricity, water and essential medicines are in short supply.”
“Those engaged in fighting must ensure that hospitals, schools, camps for refugees and those internally displaced and civilian infrastructure, especially in populated areas, are not targeted or used for military purposes.”
“Despite the grave dangers, United Nations agencies and humanitarian partners are coordinating with the Yemen Red Crescent and local authorities to deliver emergency health kits, generators so that people can get clean water, food and blankets.”
Much more than delivered is needed. Bombing and blockade prevent access to Yemeni territory.
“Before this recent escalation in the violence, millions of Yemenis were already extremely vulnerable,” said Amos.
“I hope that peace, security and stability will be restored as soon as possible.”
Chances to achieve it are virtually nil. With Saudi-led ground forces mobilized to invade, expect bloodbath conditions to follow.
Hundreds of thousands already were displaced – maybe heading for millions.
UN Children Fund Yemen representative Julien Harneis calls what’s ongoing “a terrible situation, and it is moving so fast.”
“We are heading toward a humanitarian disaster” on top of others Washington bears full responsibility for throughout the region.
Scores are dying daily, many others injured. Children are gravely affected.
Half of Aden’s electricity was knocked out. Conditions in many areas are disastrous after only nine days of terror-bombing.
Nothing in Yemen today is normal. US imperial arrogance is systematically ravaging and destroying another country.
High crimes against peace are being committed daily. Arab lives and welfare don’t matter.
Washington and its area proxies slaughter them in cold blood. Bodies piling up attest to their barbarity.
No one understands the horrors of US imperial wars better than victims experiencing it.
Overnight Tuesday, a Yemeni national emailed this call for help, saying:
“Dear Mr Stephen,
In the name of humanity and what you believe in, we call upon you to transfer our sufferings and make influential humanitarian INGOs, scholars, decision makers all over the world hear our children screams out of fears & listen to our sufferings due to this aggression led by arrogant dictators of Arabia who are bombarding our towns, destroying infrastructure and killing civilians.
Yemen prior to this aggression was dying and this brutal aggression would eliminate a whole country. We’re all humans. Poor country living with less than 2$ a day.
Please do anything you can for saving us. God bless you. I’m writing this while my 3 years daughter crying hearing sounds of air strikes.”
His call for help highlights US responsibility for daily terror-bombing horrors – the threat of death or serious injuries all Yemenis face. Civilians are as vulnerable as combatants.
Yemen is Obama’s war. He and Bush waged drone war since 2002 – killing many hundreds of mostly civilian victims.
A week ago, he launched proxy war on a nation wanting to live free from the scourge of US imperial dominance.
Saudi-led terror-bombing followed. It continues daily. Scores of noncombatant civilians have been murdered in cold blood.
Perhaps many thousands will die before conflict ends. Yemen may end up raped like Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Donbass and Gaza. It may be turned to rubble the same way.
Reports indicate tens of thousands of Saudi forces massed along Yemen’s border ahead of a possible invasion.
Pakistan sent troops to support them. Houthi rebels continue battling diminishing numbers of forces loyal to ousted illegitimate president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi – a US-installed stooge through a farcical election with no opponents.
Hadi’s foreign minister Riyadh Yasseen urged Saudis to invade “as soon as possible.”
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian called Saudi airstrikes a “strategic mistake.”
He urged dialogue to resolve ongoing crisis conditions. “Iran and Saudi Arabia can cooperate to solve the Yemeni crisis,” he said.
Dozens are dying daily – including scores of civilians since conflict began.
A Yemeni health ministry official said shelling a Sanaa residential building killed 10 civilians.
Witnesses reported an airstrike on Yarim in central Yemen killing at least 10.
Conflict prevents ICRC medical and other essential to life supplies from being airlifted in.
Spokesperson Sitara Jabeen said “(i)n Yemen today, we have a very serious humanitarian situation.”
“Hospitals are running at a low capacity. We need to bring in urgent medical supplies to sustain our stocks.”
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov issued a statement saying “(w)e cannot allow (conflict) to degrade into a Sunni-Shiite confrontation.”
“Neither can we allow the situation to turn into an open conflict between the Arabs and Iran. We will do everything to prevent it.”
On Monday and Tuesday, US warships joined Saudi-led terror-bombing. Cruise missiles were launched against Houthi targets.
How much more directly involved Washington intends getting in its largely proxy aggression remains to be seen.
AP reported Yemeni civilians “shudder(ing) in fear and bristl(ing) with anger” during Saudi-led terror bombing.
Sanaa residents seek shelter. Few can sleep. Some “took to rooftops (to vent) anger or frustration, firing automatic weapons skyward toward the roar of warplanes,” said AP.
Schools, universities, government offices and most shops are closed. “Few cars venture onto the mostly deserted (Sanaa) streets.”
“We haven’t slept. One child screams and a second cries,” said a father of eight.
They spend nights sheltered in a basement best they can – unsure if they’ll live or die.
Overnight Tuesday, Sanaa, Aden, Taiz, Ibb, Shabwa and Dahle were terror-bombed.
Civilian and military sites were targeted. Residential homes were destroyed. Bodies remained buried under rubble.
One Sanaa resident said an explosion rocked a nearby residential area – killing at least eight, injuring others.
Critics call Houthis an Iranian proxy force. Tehran denies what it calls baseless allegations.
At the same time, it supports a political ally. It rejects military solutions. It urges diplomatic ones in all situations.
Before conflict erupted, former Iranian Majles (parliament) speaker Ali Akbar Nategh-Nuri said “(w)e witness today that our revolution is exported to Yemen, Syria, Lebanon and Iraq.”
Iranian General Hossein Salami compared Ansarollah Houthis to Lebanon’s Hezbollah “in a strategic area.”
Iran supports its allies. It has every right to do so. It fundamentally opposes war.
It rejects US-sponsored, Saudi-led ongoing terror-bombing. It urges resolving Yemen’s crisis diplomatically.
It shows no signs of letup. Saudis announced a campaign likely to continue for months.
Perhaps years is more likely. US imperial policy is systematically ravaging and destroying another regional country.
Slow-motion genocide continues. No end in sight looms. The nightmare of US responsibility for mass slaughter and destruction haunts the entire region.
Maybe it’ll be entirely turned to rubble before US rampaging ends.
When American or US proxy forces wage naked aggression against other countries it’s called liberating them.
When nations being attacked defend themselves, they’re called terror states.
On April 2, Reuters reported “dozens of unidentified troops land(ing) by sea in Aden…”
Perhaps ahead of mass Saudi-led invasion plans. Houthi political council member Daifullah Shami told Sputnik News foreign troops disembarked from Saudi and Egyptian vessels.
Ansar Allah movement member Ahmed al-Shami said:
“The number of troopers who landed in the Yemen port of Aden is unknown, but we are talking about dozens.”
“They were covered by several airplanes. They disembarked from Saudi and Egyptian ships.”
“If it is preparation for the ground operation, we will meet them with fire.”
Yemen is Obama’s war. Saudis and other regional states are US proxies.
On March 25, terror-bombing began. Yemeni port areas were blockaded. It’s airspace was declared a “restricted (no-fly) zone.”
Daifullah Shami said Houthis “have the power for a retaliatory strike, but the decision will be made when other options are exhausted.”
If Saudi-led aggression continues, Houthis will retaliate, said Shami.
Ships carrying humanitarian aid are blocked from approaching Yemen’s coastline.
Border area skirmishes began. Escalation looks likely. A number of Saudi casualties were reported.
If full-scale invasion is planned, expect mass slaughter and destruction to follow.
On Thursday, Houthis captured Aden’s central Crater district. It was was ousted US-installed president Ahd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi’s stronghold.
He fled to Saudi Arabia. He’s been urging mass invasion since arriving.
Fierce fighting continues. Conditions remain chaotic. Reports indicate Houthis captured Aden’s presidential palace – located on a strategic hilltop overlooking the Arabian Sea.
Saudi-led airstrikes continue attacking multiple Houthi and civilian targets.
Al Qaeda militants stormed the coastal city of Al-Mukalla. They largely control it.
They freed hundreds of locally incarcerated inmates, including senior Al Qaeda member Khaled Baterfi.
Washington’s dirty hands are controlling everything – from choosing targets to deciding who lives or dies.
Ravaging Yemen follows Obama’s wars on Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Iraq, partnered with Israel’s permanent war on Palestine, and Donbass.
Plus political and economic war on Iran, Venezuela, other independent countries and most notably Russia – heading recklessly toward turning cold confrontation hot.
A major false flag or judgmental error could launch it. Once over that rubicon, all bets are off.
The Russian military is in the midst of a sweeping modernization program, and it is currently developing some incredibly impressive offensive and defensive next-generation weapons that are designed to be used in a future war with the United States. The key to winning World War III will be to strike hard and to strike fast, and the Russians understand this. Meanwhile, the U.S. military has totally shifted gears from a “Cold War mindset” and is now completely focused on fighting smaller regional wars in the Middle East and elsewhere. As a result, U.S. strategic forces have suffered. There has been very little effort to modernize, and many of our nuclear missile silos are using technology that is ridiculously outdated. For example, CBS News has documented that eight inch floppy disks are still being used in many of our missile silos. And don’t expect things to change any time soon. At this point, the U.S. military plans to keep Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missiles that were originally deployed in the 1960s and 1970s in service until 2030.
What all of this means is that the Russians are feverishly preparing to fight World War III and we are not. The following are just a few of the next-generation weapons that Russia will use against the United States during the next great global war…
The Sarmat Intercontinental Ballistic Missile
Most Americans have heard of the infamous SS-18 “Satan” intercontinental ballistic missiles. But these are now being replaced by the Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile…
The Sarmat (also known as Sarmatian) is a Russian liquid-fueled, MIRV-equipped, super-heavy thermonuclear intercontinental ballistic missile in development as of early 2015, intended to replace the previous SS-18 Satan and carry extensive counter-missile defense measures. Its large payload would allow for up to 10 heavy warheads or 15 lighter ones, and/or a combination of warheads and massive amounts of countermeasures designed to defeat the anti-missile systems. The Sarmat is expected to be ready for deployment around 2020, but other sources state that the program is being fast-tracked and it could comprise up to 80 percent of Russia’s land-based nuclear arsenal by 2021.
As you can see below, these missiles are extremely huge…
The Borey Class Nuclear Submarine
Of even greater concern than the Sarmat are the new Borey class nuclear submarines that Russia is building. The following is from an article about the launch of one of these new submarines, the Vladimir Monomakh, in 2013…
Russia recently launched its near silent nuclear submarine following several years of development.
The Borey Class submarine, dubbed Vladimir Monomakh, has a next generation nuclear reactor, can dive deeper than 1,200 feet, and carries up to 20 nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM).
Each of these “Bulava” ICBM’s can carry ten detachable MIRV warheads, what they call “re-entry vehicles,” capable of delivering 150 kiloton yields per warhead (luckily, tests of the warheads only yielded 11 “successes” out of almost 20 attempts). Which doesn’t mean they aren’t a concern, MIRV’s are what shook the Cold War to its foundation when they first appeared in the 1970s.
One of the primary things that has U.S. military planners worried is how quiet these subs are. In fact, according to an RT article these subs are supposed to be “almost silent”…
It belongs to a class of missile strategic submarine cruisers with a new generation of nuclear reactor, which allows the submarine to dive to a depth of 480 meters. It can spend up to three months in autonomous navigation and, thanks to the latest achievements in the reduction of noise, it is almost silent compared to previous generations of submarines.
So why is that a problem?
Well, imagine a scenario where Russian nuclear subs approach our coastlines completely undetected and launch a barrage of missiles toward our cities and military bases. We could be wiped out before we even knew what hit us.
If you don’t think that this could ever happen, just consider the following excerpt from a Fox News article published back in 2012…
A Russian nuclear-powered attack submarine armed with long-range cruise missiles operated undetected in the Gulf of Mexico for several weeks and its travel in strategic U.S. waters was only confirmed after it left the region, the Washington Free Beacon has learned.
It is only the second time since 2009 that a Russian attack submarine has patrolled so close to U.S. shores.
If we can’t detect them, how are we going to defend against them? Here is a look at one of them in the water…
The Bulava Submarine-Launched Nuclear Missile
The Borey class submarines are going to be carrying Bulava submarine-launched nuclear missiles. The Russians have had some difficulties with the development of these missiles, but most of those difficulties now appear to be ironed out. The following is a description of these missiles from globalsecurity.org…
The Bulava (SS-NX-30) is the submarine-launched version of Russia’s most advanced missile, the Topol-M (SS-27) solid fuel ICBM. The SS-NX-30 is a derivative of the SS-27, except for a slight decrease in range due to conversion of the design for submarine launch. The SS-27 has is 21.9 meters long, far too large to fit in a typical submarine. The largest previously deployed Russian SLBM was the R-39 / SS-N-20 STURGEON, which was 16 meters long. Russian sources report that the Bulava SS-N-30 ballistic missile can carry ten warheads to a range of 8,000km. Other sources suggest that the Bulava might have a range of 10,000 km, and is reportedly features a 550 kT yield nuclear warhead. Apparently up to six MIRVs can be placed at the cost of offloading warhead shielding and decoys.
The Bulava is specifically designed to avoid interception, and each warhead is independently maneuverable to help ensure that they reach their targets intact. The following was written by U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Tom Spahn…
Similar to its land-based variant, the Topol-M SS-27, to thwart evolving Western ballistic-missile-defense shields, the Bulava can conduct evasive post-launch maneuvers and deploy a variety of countermeasures and decoys to defend against interception. Its ten hypersonic, independently maneuverable warheads are protected against both physical and electromagnetic-pulse damage to ensure that they can reach their targets intact.
The Barguzin Strategic Missile Train
When nuclear missiles are in a stationary location (such as a missile silo), they can be pretty easy to target. But if you put them on a mobile platform, you can gain quite a strategic edge.
With that in mind, the Russians have reintroduced the strategic missile train…
A Russian military source outlined the capabilities of Barguzin strategic missile train. The country may roll out five such disguised mobile launch platforms each carrying six RS-24 Yars missiles in five years.
A ‘nuclear train’ – properly called BZhRK, short for ‘combat railway missile complex’ in Russian – is a mobile platform for transporting and launching strategic nuclear missiles. Similarly to nuclear submarines, such trains are hard to wipe out in a preemptive strike because of their mobility and ability to be disguised as regular freight trains.
The Soviet Union had 12 such nuclear trains, each carrying three RT-23 Molodets (SS-24 Scalpel in NATO disambiguation) missiles, but they were released from combat duty after Russia and the US signed the START-2 treaty in 1993 and eventually decommissioned.
Last year the Russian military said that nuclear trains – which are no longer banned under the New START treaty – would be revived.
The S-500 Missile Defense System
Lastly, I want to discuss a very important weapons system that I recently mentioned in another article.
It is called the S-500 missile defense system, and it fundamentally changes the balance of power between the United States and Russia.
Once fully deployed, the S-500 will be able to intercept our intercontinental ballistic missiles. This means that the concept of “mutually assured destruction” does not necessarily apply any longer. If the Russians can take out most of our nukes with a devastating surprise first strike and intercept whatever we are able to launch back at them with the S-500, the cost/benefit analysis of a nuclear conflict completely changes.
The following information about the S-500 comes from military-today.com…
The S-500 is not an upgrade of the S-400, but a new design. It uses a lot of new technology and is superior to the S-400. It was designed to intercept ballistic missiles. It is planned to have a range of 500-600 km and hit targets at altitudes as high as 40 km. Some sources claim that this system is capable of tracking 5-20 ballistic targets and intercepting up to 5-10 ballistic targets simultaneously. It can defeat ballistic missiles traveling at 5-7 kilometers per second. It has been reported that this air defense system can also target low orbital satellites. It is planned that the S-500 will shield Moscow and the regions around it. It will replace the current A-135 anti-ballistic missile system. The S-500 missiles will be used only against the most important targets, such as intercontinental ballistic missiles, AWACS and jamming aircraft.
Sadly, most Americans do not believe that there is even a remote possibility that we will ever fight a war with Russia.
As a result, most Americans will never see the point of articles like this one.
But over in Russia, anti-American sentiment is at an all-time high and many of their talking heads and intellectuals are now convinced that a shooting war with the United States is inevitable.
So what do you think?
Please feel free to share your thoughts by posting a comment below…
Michael T. Snyder is a graduate of the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia and has a law degree and an LLM from the University of Florida Law School. He is an attorney that has worked for some of the largest and most prominent law firms in Washington D.C. and who now spends his time researching and writing and trying to wake the American people up. You can follow his work on The Economic Collapse blog, End of the American Dream and The Truth Wins. His new novel entitled “The Beginning Of The End” is now available on Amazon.com.
Bush and Obama administrations murdered Yemenis for years – through drone terror-bombings and internal subversion killing mostly civilians.
Yemen is the region’s poorest country. Its people suffer horrifically. US imperial policy exacerbates conditions greatly.
Before leaving to participate in Iranian nuclear talks in Lausanne on Sunday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov highlighted Washington’s typical double standard hypocrisy.
On the one hand, it ousted Ukraine’s democratically President Viktor Yanukovych – replacing him with putschist Nazi thugs.
On the other, it supports illegitimate Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi – coronated in a 2012 election with no opposing candidates.
“I have to use the hoary old cliche,” Lavrov said. “The double standards are evident.”
Responsible policy isn’t America’s long suit. It’s all take and no give.
On Sunday, Yemeni Foreign Minister Riyad Yassin said a Saudi-led ground invasion of Yemen is expected in days.
Both countries share a long border. Thousands of Saudi forces mobilized to cross over with heavy weapons.
Airstrikes continue. Scores of civilians have been killed.
A Saudi military spokesman said its forces together with regional allies are ready to launch ground attacks if needed.
Regional war could follow – another potential US-sponsored bloodbath.
Clashes along border areas began – prelude to much heavier fighting if Saudi-led forces invade.
On Sunday, Houthi Ansarullah Political Council senior member Mohammad al-bakhiti said “(a)ny ground attack on Yemen will receive a rigidly harsh response.”
“We have not responded to the Saudi aggressions in the past five days because we wanted to allow the Arab countries to reconsider their action and stop their attacks.”
“(F)rom now on, everything will be different. Whatever the (weekend Arab League summit) decided about Yemen will end in serious crisis.”
Sunday night airstrikes attacked Yemen’s capital, Sanaa – targeting areas around the presidential palace and diplomatic quarter.
A Yemeni official described things as “a night from hell.”
In Aden, explosions and gunfire continued throughout the night. Other targets throughout the country were struck.
Arab aggressors vowed to continue terror-bombing until Houthis surrendered.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov urged “all sides of the conflict to cease military action in the name of preserving the unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Yemen.”
Scores of deaths so far are known. Precise numbers remain to be determined. Civilian residential areas were struck. Homes were destroyed.
On Sunday, a senior Yemeni air force official said 11 of 16 fighter aircraft were destroyed. Houthis control remaining ones.
Arab League leaders meeting in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt over the weekend agreed to create a joint military force to counter what they called extremism, political instability and threats to regional peace.
Creating it will take months at least. Previous efforts for joint military cooperation went nowhere. Perhaps this time will be no different.
The last thing the war-torn Middle East needs is more militarism. A regional army means more conflict, not less.
Plans call for 40,000 combat troops, armor, fighter aircraft and warships – to be deployed NATO-style at the request of any member state claiming (true or false) its national security is threatened.
If formed, it’ll be a US proxy force to be used aggressively against independent regional states Washington wants targeted – perhaps Syria, Iraq, Libya, Hezbollah-controlled Southern Lebanon and/or Yemen.
Ongoing conflicts threaten to set the entire region ablaze. Washington bears full responsibility.
Wherever it shows up, mass slaughter and destruction follow. The price of imperial arrogance is devastating wars without end.
Yemen is Washington’s latest imperial high crime against peace. The entire country may be turned to rubble before things end.
Yemen is Obama’s war. It was planned months ago. Military campaigns require extensive preparation. They’re not launched overnight as headlines suggest.
Saudi and other rogue Arab states were enlisted as US proxies to mass murder Yemenis.
Obama usurped diktat authority for wars without end. He’s waging multiple direct and proxy ones – endless ones for power and profit.
Yemen is his latest naked aggression. Conflict could continue longterm. Over the weekend, airstrikes intensified.
Countless thousands may die. Perhaps another refugee crisis looms.
Yemen is the latest Middle East country mired in conflict, violence, instability and human misery – a direct result of US imperial policy.
Civilians are being deliberately targeted. Human Rights Watch headlined “Saudi-Led Airstrikes Take Civilian Toll.”
Dozens perhaps were killed on day one of bombing alone – maybe hundreds by now heading for thousands.
On Thursday, Amnesty International (AI) reported “(s)ix children (under age 10) among dozens killed in Saudi-led airstrikes.”
Fourteen houses near Sanaa’s international airport were “turned…to rubble.”
AI’s Middle East and North Africa Programme director Said Boumedouha “(t)his high toll of civilian deaths and injuries” shows contempt for international humanitarian law.
An ongoing bloodbath continues. US direct and proxy wars show no mercy.
On Saturday, Arab League leaders met in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.
They endorsed naked aggression on Yemen. Ousted US-installed puppet Yemeni leader Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi called for continued terror-bombing.
“I call for for the continuation of Operation Decisive Storm until this gang (the Houthis) announces its surrender, exits all occupied territories in the provinces, leaves state institutions and military camp,” he said.
Naked aggression “will continue until all the goals are achieved,” he added.
Saudis said they’ll do “whatever it takes” to restore US-installed puppet rule.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon ignored mass murdering civilians.
He issued a pathetic statement urging Arab leaders to “lay down clear guidelines to peacefully resolve the crisis in Yemen.”
Ban supports all US imperial wars. He disgraces the office he holds. He has no legitimacy whatever. He’s a convenient US-installed stooge.
Obama ignored his full responsibility for naked aggression saying Washington shares a “collective goal” with its regional allies for stability in Yemen.
The Wall Street Journal said Washington intends expanding aid to Saudi-led airstrikes.
It’s providing intelligence, logistical help, munitions, aerial refueling and other services.
Washington “is deepening its support for the fight by providing military planners with vital intelligence from surveillance flights to help choose targets for the airstrikes in Yemen,” the Journal cited US officials saying.
“American military planners are using live intelligence feeds from surveillance flights over Yemen to help Saudi Arabia decide what and where to bomb.”
The Pentagon is “beef(ing) up its role in a new military coordination center set up with the Saudis and other countries in the region taking part in the evolving operation.”
“The center has become the focal point for military planning and a handful of Americans are currently taking part, officials said. That number is expected to grow.”
Yemeni aggression is the latest example of America’s dark side.
US direct and proxy wars rage for unchallenged global dominance – no matter how many millions of lives they cost.
No matter how many countries are turned to rubble. No matter how much human suffering is inflicted.
The American way is permanent wars of aggression against one country after another.
Yemen may end up a protracted bloodbath – potentially another Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya or Syria.
Vladimir Putin sent a message to Arab League leaders meeting in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.
He urged prompt resolution of conflicts in Syria, Libya and Yemen “based on the principles of international law, through extensive dialogue and search for nationwide harmony.”
On Friday, Hezbollah leader Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah denounced Saudi-led aggression.
It’s “aimed at regaining domination over Yemen,” he said.
He called Saudi claims about Houthis threatening regional security “false and baseless.”
“It is the right of Yemen’s people, who are brave and resilient, to fight and resist, and they will succeed,” he stressed.
On Sunday, Fars News (FNA) headlined “Saudi Arabia Sends over 5,000 Takfiri Terrorists to Yemen.”
Saying Yemeni army commander Col. Abdel Sattar al-Boushali told FNA Saudi Arabia sent them “to fight the Yemeni army and revolutionary committees.”
He said Saudi’s defense minister asked Turkey to help deploy more terrorists from its airports to Riyadh.
Houthi Ansarullah Executive Committee member Abdel Mon’em told FNA:
“As the Ansarullah movement has promised collapse of some Arab regimes supporting the terrorists, if Saudi Arabia continues its aggressions against the oppressed Yemeni people the Ansarullah fighters will pave the way for the Saudi regime’s destruction by conducting martyrdom-seeking (suicidal) operations inside Saudi Arabia in the coming hours.”
He said Israel is involved in fighting. Saudis take orders from Washington, he stressed.
It bears repeating. Yemen is Obama’s war – lawless naked aggression by any standard.
How many more countries will he attack? How much more war is too much?
How many more millions of lives will be lost? How much more human suffering will be tolerated?
When will mass world outrage say no more? End America’s wars on humanity or they’ll end us.
By: Paul Joseph Watson | Infowars –
“The consequences will be catastrophic for the United States”.
Russian geopolitical analyst Konstantin Sivkov has called for Moscow to launch a nuclear attack on Yellowstone National Park and the San Andreas fault line, noting that the devastating consequences would ‘disappear’ the United States as a country.
Arguing that NATO aggression against Russia required the “complete destruction of the enemy,” Sivkov went on to depict a chilling scenario.
“Geologists believe that the Yellowstone supervolcano could explode at any moment. There are signs of growing activity there. Therefore it suffices to push the relatively small, for example the impact of the munition megaton class to initiate an eruption. The consequences will be catastrophic for the United States – a country just disappears,” he said.
A Yellowstone supervolcano eruption would kill millions of people in the initial blast and bury much of the United States in volcanic ash. According to some experts, it could cause the end of the world. The last time a supervolcano exploded in Siberia, 85 per cent of all land species and 95 per cent of all ocean dwellers were completely wiped out.
In 2013 it was revealed that the magma below Yellowstone was two and a half times larger than previously thought, giving the park’s supervolcano the potential to cause an eruption 2,000 times more powerful than Mount St. Helens. Some experts say the caldera is overdue to erupt.
Sivkov also said that while Russia’s geography protected it from the threat posed by tsunamis, one could be triggered in the United States with an attack on the San Andreas fault.
“Another vulnerable area of the United States from the geophysical point of view, is the San Andreas fault – 1300 kilometers between the Pacific and North American plates … a detonation of a nuclear weapon there can trigger catastrophic events like a coast-scale tsunami which can completely destroy the infrastructure of the United States,” he wrote.
Sections of the San Andreas fault are overdue for major earthquake activity. “Researchers found that three sections of the San Andreas Fault system in Northern California — Hayward, Rodgers Creek and Green Valley — are either near or past their average recurrence interval and have accumulated sufficient strain to trigger earthquakes of magnitude 6.8 or greater,” reports CBS News.
Fearing that the United States plans to “destroy Russia,” Sivkov says that Moscow is in a much worse position than it was 50 years ago because it has far fewer allies and cannot compete against the military might of NATO and its allies.
While it would be unthinkable for anyone inside the Kremlin to take Sivkov’s comments seriously, his rhetoric illustrates how fraught tensions are between Moscow and Washington.
Last month, General Sir Adrian Bradshaw, NATO’s deputy supreme allied commander in Europe, warned that the threat of a conflict with Russia, “represents an existential threat to our whole being”.
Republished from Infowars.com
Israel appointed Mahmoud Abbas Palestinian Authority leader to provide enforcer services – dirty work it subcontracts.
He’s hugely corrupt. He amassed great stolen wealth serving Israeli interests – conspiring against his own people.
He’s a Palestinian Judas, a longtime Israeli collaborator. He has no legitimacy whatever. He belongs in prison, not high office.
On Thursday, he expressed support for Saudi terror-bombing – naked aggression by any standard.
He backs US-installed ousted puppet Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.
He ludicrously called restoring him to power important to create Yemeni security and unity.
He turned a blind eye to his despotic rule. He’s mindless of US-directed Saudi terror bombing murdering scores of civilian men, women and children – maybe hundreds by now.
Reports indicate Saudi and Egyptian military forces intend invading Yemen as soon as orders from Washington signal go.
Expect mass slaughter to follow. Millions of Yemenis are at risk.
Abbas supports what demands universal condemnation.
Naked aggression violates core international law. No nation may attack another except in self-defense.
Security Council members alone may authorize it. Otherwise it’s brazenly illegal.
The Electronic Intifada said senior PA official Mahmound al-Habbash called on Arab states to “strike” Gaza – terror-bomb 1.8 million people the way Israel did last summer.
Murder perhaps thousands more. Maybe turn all remaining parts of Gaza Israel didn’t destroy to rubble.
Abbas supported Israel’s 2008-09 Cast Lead and 2012 Pillar of Cloud wars. Most likely its 2014 Operation Protective Edge carnage.
He’s Palestine’s worst enemy. He supports mass murdering his own people.
Al-Habbash serves as PA religious advisor. What kind of a god he prays to isn’t known – for sure not one civilized people believe in.
He said Arab states are obligated to “strike those who have violated legitimacy with an iron fist, regardless of the place, time or circumstances, beginning with Palestine.”
In January 2006, Palestinians overwhelmingly elected Hamas their legitimate government.
Al-Habbash called its democratic victory and what followed “a coup” separating Gaza and West Bank authority.
“(I)t must be addressed with firmness,” he said. Mass murder is his method of choice.
“There can be no dialogue with coup-makers. They must be hit with an iron fist.”
Israel complicit with Washington orchestrated “coup-mak(ing)” against Palestine’s legitimately elected government.
Hamas successfully resisted their lawlessness. The price of electoral victory and resisting coup d’etat efforts was longterm isolation under siege and three US-supported and encouraged Israeli wars of aggression.
Abbas solidified West Bank power as Palestine’s illegitimate leader.
Besieged Gazans continue suffering horrifically under Israel’s lawless blockade – with no end in sight or international community help to support their legitimate rights.
Al-Habbash perhaps spoke for Abbas saying “(t)here are many other (regional) cases that should be treated like Yemen.”
In other words, mass murdering Arabs is OK as long as privileged ones benefit.
Abbas, al-Habbash and likeminded corrupt PA officials are Palestinians worst enemies. Why they put up with them, they’ll have to explain.