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Sun May 21, 2017, 08:33 AM


Trump to Reward Saudi War Crimes with Weapons

Firefighters try to extinguish a fire at the community hall in Sanaa where Saudi-led coalition warplanes attacked a funeral on October 8, 2016. © 2016 Khaled Abdullah/Reuters

Kristine Beckerle
Yemen and Kuwait Researcher, Middle East and North Africa Division
May 20, 2017
2:00PM EDT

Last October the Saudi Arabia-led coalition bombed a funeral hall in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, killing and wounding hundreds of people. “The scene was catastrophic,” one survivor told me. “Beyond what I can explain to you or describe… There were burned bodies and dead bodies all over the hall.”

Soon after that unlawful bombing, the Obama administration suspended the sale of nearly $400 million in weapons to Saudi Arabia. It was a recognition, a long time in coming, that the coalition’s military campaign in Yemen had devastated the country, killed thousands of civilians, and brought it to the brink of famine.

After the funeral bombing, unlawful airstrikes continued, but the decision to suspend arms sales sent an important message to the Saudis. President Donald Trump, in his first trip abroad as president, is going to send an alternative, deeply troublesome message.

While in Riyadh this weekend, Trump reportedly plans to announce more than $100 billion in arms deals to Saudi Arabia – nearly as much as Barack Obama authorized during his eight years in office. The deals include Raytheon bombs, Lockheed Martin missile defense systems and BAE combat vehicles, and some of the weapons whose sales had been suspended.


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Sun May 21, 2017, 08:38 AM

1. With these assholes

its all about the Money. War is Money to the perpertrators. Always was always will be.

As I've said so many times before, War is an Admission of Failure. Give that some thought and in those six words is typed the reality


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Sun May 21, 2017, 08:54 AM

2. All true. What they've been doing directly in Yemen is unspeakable.


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