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August 12, 2017
Shireen Al-Adeimi – Has The War In Yemen Become A Spectator Sport?
Shireen Al-Adeimi (@shireen818) was born in Aden, south Yemen. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The text below was copied from Shireen Al-Adeimi’s Twitter thread published on August 11 2017.
Has the war in Yemen become a spectator sport?
My thread may be long, but I hope you’ll take a few minutes to read it.
The war on Yemen rages, yet, Yemenis’ plight is STILL not receiving the attention it deserves – not from the media, nor from politicians. When Yemen’s not totally ignored, facts are obscured because confronting our countries’ active participation in destroying Yemen is inconvenient. While rich Arab states bombard Yemen with fancy (Western-purchased) weapons and hire mercenaries as ground troops, many are afraid to confront the Saudis and face financial consequences (e.g. the UN) or are themselves implicated and/or profiteering (e.g. the U.S./UK). So United Nations offers “concerns” and UK expresses its desire to “find a political solution” while they fill their pockets at the expense of Yemeni lives. And while citizens are often oblivious to their governments’ crimes, many know about #Yemen but are not doing enough with this knowledge.
Has Yemen become a spectator sport? For two and a half years, Yemeni children’s dead or emaciated bodies have been splattered all across our screens. Some shed tears, others donate, few hold politicians accountable, but most just turn away. Is it helplessness or indifference? I can’t tell. Yemenis are not knocking on Europe’s door because we are trapped by a land/air/sea blockade. Are we ‘out of sight out of mind’? I can’t tell. Someone once told me Yemeni children are not ‘photogenic’ enough to draw emphatic responses. Is racism/discrimination at play? I can’t tell. Or are Yemeni wallets not heavy enough to purchase or at least demand international attention, condemnation, and action? I also can’t tell.
What I can tell is that the world is watching. They watch our kids die of curable diseases like cholera because they have no access clean water. They watch our children die of hunger in a time of immense global wealth because their parents can not afford what little food is available. They watch as our children, women and men are killed by U.S.-supported, Saudi airstrikes that target homes, schools, and hospitals alike. When people are asked to engage with elected officials (even by simply signing a petition like: Save Yemen) only a few engage. Even when we ask for our stories to be shared with wider audiences, we’re ignored (I was told that readership on Yemen news is in the tens).
I and other Yemenis not only have our families in mind, but millions who ca not access the most basic of needs: safety, shelter, food, and water. I feel totally and utterly helpless. I struggle with sharing stories of dying Yemeni children when I know that no one will come to their rescue. I cry, from the depths of my soul, for a nation that suffers in silence all the while exemplifying the true meaning of faith and resistance. I mourn the children whose little bodies gave up fighting in the time it took you to read this thread. And I pray for Yemen.
Earlier Moon of Alabama coverage of Yemen:
Posted by b on August 12, 2017 at 12:13 PM | Permalink
her words are heartfelt and disturbing or worse for what they say.. so much of this seems to boil down to money is more important then people, especially people in faraway places we don’t personally know.. unlike the author who does know people, we collectively find excuses to not to anything.. it is sickening..
Posted by: james | Aug 12, 2017 12:43:53 PM | 1
The ongoing Yemen genocide(?) is just another conflict that western MSM refuse to cover, why? Because western governments are involved in the killing. Just another psyops propangada approach we all know western msm so well use when it comes to wars. Instead Russia is getting bashed 24/7 along with other hated nations the same ignorant MSM makes up along with their government.
Wished we could do anything on Yemen politically, but even the pathetic left dont even raise the issue!
Posted by: Anoynmous | Aug 12, 2017 12:48:58 PM | 2
you live and study in a country thats facilitating this horor
and could end this tragedy quickly if they really wanted
why burden me ?
i can do less than you , not living there
Posted by: auke | Aug 12, 2017 1:42:10 PM | 3
Contrast the plight of Yemeni children with that of Omran Daqneesh, he of “dusty kid in an ambulance in Aleppo” fame.
He didn’t even have serious injuries but because his image was broadcast by major outlets around the globe as front page news, all at the same time, it had a big effect. In addition to this were countless supporting articles and opinion pieces.
How many children are there in Yemen suffering in far worse ways? Thousands and thousands yet you don’t get such a concerted media campaign for any of them.
At best someone like Krishnan Guru Murphy films a piece in Yemen showing real suffering, but it is relegated to the foreign affairs section of C4 news, and is discussed in a couple of articles in left leaning papers.
This kind of differing treatment exemplifies the way in which opinion is manipulated through propaganda.
Posted by: Bob | Aug 12, 2017 2:38:18 PM | 5
“pathetic left” in my opinion is a wholly inadequate description. Despicable, cowardly, morally, spiritually and intellectually co-opted and totally corrupted, barely comes close enough to describing a “Politically Correct”, Identity Politics” phenomena, ushered in with the black “Hope and Change”, “Noble Peace Prize” president Obama and his partner in war crimes Hillary Clinton, who usurped the minds and hearts of a generation that’s been incapacitated of the ability to think critically and act righteously for peace on behalf of the victims of imperialism and all humanity. Hence the “Alt Right” gaining so much traction in the absence of any real “left” analyses and opposition to oppression. Thank God we have a few islands of light and sanity left, such as ‘Moon of Alabama’ and ‘The Saker’ sites wherein the facts and the actual truth can be disseminated and principled alternatives be openly and honestly exchanged among those left with any capacity to think critically for themselves. As such I think that the old “left right” dichotomy is practically inoperable as terms of references anymore. And that perhaps new terms have to be invented that reflect social, moral and political consciousness. Whatever the case, that the voices of sanity and common sense prevail over mass deception and lies is imperative at this critical juncture in history, if humanity is to survive and avoid nuclear annihilation by those that currently hold almost total control and power over us all. My eternal gratitude to the tirelessness work of “b” @ this fine site.
Posted by: RayB | Aug 12, 2017 3:35:20 PM | 6
Yemen and Haiti before it, exemplify the utterly despicable immorality of the West and its associates. And there were others prior to them in Africa, Asia and Latin America going back to the genocide waged on Koreans by the Outlaw US Empire, with probably close to 100 millions dead, yet only the One Holocaust is “celebrated.”
I lay responsibility at the feet of the Outlaw US Empire because of its longstanding quest to dominate the planet and squeeze wealth from every pore it can to satisfy the Corporadoes that control it–For a Few Dollars More.
Posted by: karlof1 | Aug 12, 2017 5:01:25 PM | 7
Auke @ 3: At the very least, you could share and spread Shireen al Adeimi’s message to your friends and acquaintances if you have email or have Facebook or some other social media account. You could still sign the Change.org petition linked to the article.
Al Adeimi may be living and working in the US but that does not necessarily mean she’s eligible to vote yet and be able to influence the political process there. You may be thanking your “lucky stars” you don’t live in the US but you could still be living in a country that’s an ally of the US and like the US is sending weapons, ammunition and military equipment to Saudi Arabia to use against Yemen.
Posted by: Jen | Aug 12, 2017 5:02:16 PM | 8
Thanks for posting the plights of the Yemenis and very much appreciate it.
Posted by: OJS | Aug 12, 2017 5:03:25 PM | 9
When sifting through her Tweets (I must admit I find Twitter easily manipulable, reducing true activism to arm chair warriorism and a waster of time that could be put to much more effective use) I sense some naiveté. Like the tweets attributed to democrats. The Democrats are one and the same with the Republicans. They’re the same product with a different brand directed at another audience.
Like “Why do we continue to sell billions of arms to Saudi Arabia and give a pass to a monarchy that perpetuates the devastating war in Yemen?” https://twitter.com/SenSanders/status/875455813095227392
The answer to that question is of course that the ruling class (Bernie included) are a group of greedy liars and hypocrits. As if the support and sale would have ever taken another turn under his presidency. The war on Yemen started under Obama as did many other wars and under previous presidencies be it Democrat or Republican.
Or “Your calls are working! @SenSchumer now opposing the Saudi arms sale. http://bit.ly/2rTbnPv Call 1-855-686-6927 to talk to your Senators.” https://twitter.com/WinWithoutWar/status/874337142805340164
This kind of hypocrisy and deceit almost makes me vomit. That’s trying to suck out the air of movements that could make a difference and diverting attention and energy into the corrupted system.
The war on Yemen is a huge horror and crime against humanity. But so is for example the war in eastern Congo perpetuated by the Rwandese Kagame regime, an ardent US ally, that has cost more than 5 million Congolese civilian lives over the last decade. That tragedy has not even garnered half of the media attention Yemen has gotten so far.
I doubt if the pictogram is complete. The US for example is pictured as a supporting country while it has also bombed the Houthi’s after they managed to destroy the HSV-2 Swift catamaran leased by the UEA. The US also regularly bombs other actors in Yemen so it should be categorized as an attacking country. The elephant in the room Israel that has been providing intelligence even before the start of the conflict isn’t even mentioned in the chart. I also see countries like Senegal listed as attacking countries but as far as I know they deliver grunts just like Colombia has delivered at least 400 grunts but the country isn’t in the list. Can Djibouti be called a sovereign country? I’d call it an internationally owned military colony.
Posted by: xor | Aug 12, 2017 5:40:39 PM | 10
>Has Yemen become a spectator sport?
>For two and a half years, Yemeni children’s dead or emaciated bodies have been splattered all across our screens. Some shed tears, others donate, few hold politicians accountable, but most just turn away. Is it helplessness or indifference? I can’t tell.
it is because to confront yemen we must confront our relationship with saudi arabia, and we cannot do that without changing our politics, and we cannot do that without changing our relationship with israel, and we cant change our relationship without benefiting iran, and we cannot benefit iran without empowering them to take revenge on israel, saudi arabia, and the US/EU deep state. nobody fears yemen, but everybody is scared literally shitless of iran (they totally should be). america tried to play a Machiavellian real politik game in the middle east and everyone in asia knew it would fail but kissenger got his way and now everything is fucked up beyond all recognition. zionism is fucked, the lekud is fucked, the saudis are fucked, UAE is fucked, and alqaeda (along with its variations like isis and al nusra) is fucked. unfortunately for yemen, until we take out the saudis many of yemens sons and daughters must die the most dark and miserable deaths imaginable in modern warfare, because the yemenis are on the historically moral side of the battle and the west is backing the most disgusting elements of humanity that one can find in the middle east.
> Yemenis are not knocking on Europe’s door because we are trapped by a land/air/sea blockade. Are we ‘out of sight out of mind’? I can’t tell.
yes. houthis dont invade continents to rape women and children under guise of asylum seeking. if you did you would get more attention. right now you are dependent on the media, and the media is run by saudi arabia and israel.
>Someone once told me Yemeni children are not ‘photogenic’ enough to draw emphatic responses. Is racism/discrimination at play? I can’t tell.
no. propaganda is.
>Or are Yemeni wallets not heavy enough to purchase or at least demand international attention, condemnation, and action? I also can’t tell.
Posted by: anonymous | Aug 12, 2017 5:56:43 PM | 11
Thanks from me too for bringing Yemen’s fate to at least some people’s attention.
Sadly enough, I’m rather pessimistic that anything will change in the foreseeable future.
The western powers need this war as a means to keep KSA in check: One false move (towards China), and ‘Saudi atrocities!’ will be on all front pages. That’s why Riyadh was lured into this trap, a war it obviously cannot win, but can’t afford to lose. (nb, not unlike the instrumental role of the Kurdish conflict)
Should Yemen become an issue of our diplomacy and media, this would mean relations between Riyadh and the west are deteriorating. And I’m not sure this would be good.
Posted by: smuks | Aug 12, 2017 6:15:45 PM | 12