Daniel Halliday
Sep 8 · Last update 17 days ago.
With the UN denouncing war crimes in Yemen, is support for this conflict likely to decrease?
With UN publicly outing the war crimes of both sides in the conflict in Yemen, is the international funding and arms sales that are perpetuating this conflict likely to decrease?
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Comparing this situation to similar past conflicts, support will most likely continue covertly
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Support will likely wane as US congress become more vocal in their disapproval
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It is not just international support that needs changing but International involvement
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Comparing this situation to similar past conflicts, support will most likely continue covertly

History has demonstrated to us, that when public approval is against the support of a conflict, support is publicly condemned by politicians, but continues covertly. This can be seen with US weapons supply to Latin America during the Carter administration or the support of Saddam Hussein in the Iran-Iraq War in the following decade. The UN should be looking to reform the unfair dominance of the Permanent Five powerful nuclear states within its system, to challenge states that veto much needed international intervention, rather than publishing reports to raise awareness and effectively wash their hands of the situation.

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Support will likely wane as US congress become more vocal in their disapproval

The largest international military support to this conflict is that of the United States. They are by far the largest supporter in regards to the supplying of arms to all countries involved in the Saudi/UAE lead coalition forces, supporting the internationally recognised Hadi government in the fight against Houthi rebels and other forces, including Al-Qaeda. The UN’s report has called for a renewal of the discussion of this matter in congress in the US, but so far this has lead to no action being taken. However with an increasing number of letters written by congress men and women to US central command, denouncing US involvement in Yemen, it is likely the the UN’s report will have the intended effect in the long run.

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It is not just international support that needs changing but International involvement

Despite Saudi Arabia’s reprehensible targeting of civilians, it is arguably the Saudi aid blockade and the international involvement (not just support) in this, which form the worst humanitarian crisis of this war. Saudi warships entered Yemeni waters in 2015, forming a blockade of aid supplies into the region. The US, in addition to supplying arms and intelligence to Saudi Arabia, joined the blockade in 2016 dispatching their own warships to strengthen the Saudi Royal Navi. The blockade extended to cover both land and air aid supplies also in 2017, and has lead to mass starvation and disease epidemics, with full and direct involvement, backing and support from the US and the UK.

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