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    26 Nov '18 07:44
    I watched NBC's Meet The Press today and the propaganda scapegoating of Iran was in full force.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/21/world/middleeast/yemen-famine-children.html

    https://foreignpolicy.com/2017/11/22/with-saudi-blockade-threatening-famine-in-yemen-u-s-points-finger-at-iran/

    It is the USA and Saudi Arabia that are behind the blockade. The blockade is evil, right? That is what is causing the children to starve.

    Does your country acknowledge this evil or does your news media condone the evil by omission?
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    26 Nov '18 18:451 edit
    @metal-brain said
    It is the USA and Saudi Arabia that are behind the blockade.
    Is that actually true? I know the U.S. has aided SA, therefore making the U.S. partly responsible for the horrors there. But as far as the blockade, has the U.S. actually taken part in setting that up? I haven't read anything where the U.S. was involved in this.

    Let me be clear: the question is NOT defense of the US. America's involvement in fighting the rebels is directly responsible for the worst human crisis in history. I'm not disputing that. My question is specifically regarding the U.S. with setting up a blockade.
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    26 Nov '18 19:21
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    Orange Man bad!
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    27 Nov '18 07:251 edit
    @vivify said
    Is that actually true? I know the U.S. has aided SA, therefore making the U.S. partly responsible for the horrors there. But as far as the blockade, has the U.S. actually taken part in setting that up? I haven't read anything where the U.S. was involved in this.

    Let me be clear: the question is NOT defense of the US. America's involvement in fighting the rebels is dire ...[text shortened]... I'm not disputing that. My question is specifically regarding the U.S. with setting up a blockade.
    From the link below:

    "Western nations, at odds with Tehran over its nuclear program, supported the Saudi-led intervention by helping coordinate airstrikes and refueling Saudi warplanes. The U.N. Security Council effectively supported Riyadh by imposing an arms embargo on the Houthi fighters; it said Yemen-bound vessels could be inspected if there were “reasonable grounds” to suspect they were carrying arms."

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-saudi-blockade-specialreport-idUSKBN1CG16C

    Although the US is not officially part of the Saudi led coalition the USA supports it. There is a Washington Post link stating that the US has (or had) 7 Navy ships off the Yemeni coast. I was not able to read the article without a subscription though. Bezos doesn't need my money.

    I want to be clear that US support for the blockade started with Obama. He deserves just as much blame as Trump.

    Edit: The US was involved in the blockade when it started.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blockade_of_Yemen

    Trump has called for lifting the blockade, but I'm sure it is just lip service now that children are dying from starvation.

    https://www.newsweek.com/us-soldiers-secretly-fighting-saudi-arabias-war-yemen-report-says-910041?fbclid=IwAR01XuREtSwc7DJBknNyhe2YpKOuRFMt77wu_DNcziWOgr-aMvIdxgbcREk
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