Yoav Elinevsky: Biden’s measures on Yemen war not enough – GazetteNET

Published: 2/11/2021 4:13:06 PM

On Feb. 4, President Biden announced the United States will be playing a more active diplomatically to bring an end the war in Yemen, that already caused an estimated 233,000 deaths. Between 2015 and 2018, the U.S. has been active participant in the war.

In his speech the president said: “We must start with diplomacy rooted in America’s most cherished democratic value.”

Does this principle apply to the medieval-type kingdom of Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates? The U.S. has more than 80,000 civilian contractors in Saudi Arabia and thousands of troops there.

What President Biden should have said, but did not say: 1. End all arms sales and maintenance agreements with Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates as long as they are engaged in the war and beyond. 2. Remove the Houthis from the terror list so they can participate in peace talks. 3. Acknowledge the role of the U.S. and the military industrial complex in the war by apologizing to, and paying reparations to, the Yemeni people. Apologize to the American people who had to pay for the US participation in the war. 4. End all U.S. military presence in Yemen. Reparations to the people of Yemen should not be paid by U.S. taxpayers, but by the arms industry. In the