Judging from the response of US President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Porneo to the apparent murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi Arabia as well as its illegal incursion in Yemen (which has the country on the brink of a famine), US government policy is not dictated by right and wrong, but rather that which is profitable and expedient.
Despite what willing recipients of US propaganda and indoctrination has lead folks to believe, morality is not a consideration in US foreign policy, nor for that matter is it a consideration in domestic policy (think the immoral separation of immigrant children from their parents at the US border). How else can one interpret Trump’s initial and callous response to the disappearance of Khashoggi?
When asked by reporters in the Oval Office what the US response to the journalist’s disappearance would be, Trump said, “We don’t like it. But as to whether or not we should stop $110 billion from being spent in this country, knowing they have four or five alternatives, that would not be acceptable to me.”
Trump pointed out that if the US did not sell Saudi Arabia arms someone else would, “What good does that do us?” Trump asked, pointing out that the Saudi’s could turn to Russia or China for its weaponry, which would hurt US defense companies.
“We have jobs. We have a lot of things happening in this country,” Trump said. “We have a country that’s doing probably better economically than it’s ever done before. Part of that is what we are doing with our defense systems, I think that would be a very, very tough pill to swallow for our country.”
Of course Trump does not really mean that he wants to do what is profitable for everyday folks, he was referring to the “cabal of death” US arm suppliers, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop Gumman and General Dynamics, who worship at the feet of profit and considers money and the making of it absolutely sacred. It is they rather that would find it, “a tough pill to swallow.”
Apparently according to the US government everything is negotiable, all of the talk about the maintenance of human rights usually aimed at countries that offer no economic or strategic benefit to US interests is just talk.
If the Saudi Arabian monarchy has indeed disappeared the journalist Jamal Khashoggi it would be an extreme violation of international law and basic human rights.
The handwringing over what to do and the fact that there is a price for doing the right thing in this case, exposes the sham of doing business with an undemocratic, totalitarian monarchy, while demonizing North Korea and Iran.
Accordingly, the Saudi intervention in the internal affairs of Yemen has made a mess of the country and has created a man-made famine. The Saudi’s intervention has been in short one continuing crime against humanity, aided by the US, which refuels Saudi bombers in the air along giving its military logistical support. The Saudi’s have been caught bombing markets, blowing up busses filled with children, incidentally using US manufactured missiles and bombs.
Upon publishing horrific video of the results of Saudi bombardments of Yemen, BBC video said that the pictures reiterate concern that “the UK and US are putting their lucrative arms sell to Saudi Arabia ahead of safe guarding human lives.”
According to UN statistics, a coalition of Arab countries led by Saudi Arabia, who are supporting the former government of Yemen have launched air strikes, which have resulted in the majority of the 17,223 civilian casualties, (6,660 dead and 10,563 injured) As a result of the conflict in which the Saudi’s have blocked major ports and airports according to Save The Children an estimated 50,000 children died in 2017, an average of 130 every day.
The Houthis who have attempted to overthrow the government have caused their share of civilian casualties but he Saudi intervention has exacerbated the civil conflict.
The actions of the US in the matter of the journalist and Saudi intervention in Yemen should give well-meaning people pause, or at least cause folks to reassess their perspective on this country. Based on the actions of the US, some lives simply do not count. Clearly it can be surmised from the US silence on Yemen and the nearing famine that Yemeni lives do not matter. It can be deduced that Yashhoggi’s life did not matter.
Yet human beings living in the US when confronted with the callousness of their society toward everyone except rich White men, are quick to point out that All Lives Matter!
Every decision this government makes internally domestically and internationally makes it absolutely clear that it is no beacon of light, but rather “the valley of the shadow of death,” a blot on the human condition which appears to be at enmity with all that is good and decent.
A moral country would have sanctioned Saudi Arabia by now rather than create false narratives about rogue forces and lies and cover-ups of Saudi crimes against humanity conducted in Yemen.
This exposes US hypocrisy. Iraq was attacked in the first Iraq war for invading Kuwait, yet Saudi Arabia has invaded Yemen and not only has it not been attacked as a result, but the US has aided in the illegal intervention. The US launched the second Gulf War ostensibly because Iraq was said to have weapons of “mass destruction.” However, the Yemeni’s are being attacked by Saudi Arabia with US weapons causing mass destruction and chaos.
Checking the Saudi’s should be easy after all don’t we hate Mooslems?
This situation is dripping with irony. US society is at bottom Islamaphobic and much of its foreign policy is anti- Muslim and anti-Arab. The US not so subtly encourages and propagates anti-Islamic prejudice by its actions and propaganda, but treats the Saudi monarchy with kid gloves.
The Saudi kingdom is Arab and Muslim what could possibly be the cause of this double standard?
Even while the US Secretary of State in a brief press conference Friday claimed that the Saudi’s were doing everything to be transparent about what happened to Kashoggi, he could not help talking out of both sides of his mouth simultaneously, as he quickly reminded his audience of the importance of Saudi Arabia to US interests. Reading “between the lines” the US and the Saudi’s are not preparing an investigation, but a cover up.
Thinking people should be able to see through this ruse. The US government which encourages Islamophobia doesn’t really hate Muslims, this is simply a trick to further divide human beings who have more in common with one another, than with the wealthy elite which seeks to divide us working stiffs in any way it can.
When confronted in August by Yemeni’s after Saudi’s dropped a US made 500 pound bomb on a school bus, in a crowded market in a small Yemeni town, US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said [US assistance] was, “not unconditional” and would require the coalition to “do everything humanly possible to avoid any innocent loss of life”
But then he added this caveat. “We haven’t seen any callous disregard by the people we’re working with. So, we will continue to work with them.”
Unquestionably the entire Saudi intervention in Yemen is an absolute and “callous disregard” of the lives of Yemeni’s. Their murderous intervention and the murder of Kashoggi and the US’s tepid response tells us all we need to know about the “real” values and morality or the lack thereof of the US government.
Put simply the Saudi fiasco makes it clear that according to the US government human beings simply don’t count (unless they are rich) its number one priorities are the acquisition of money, resources and power.
justice then peace