House Democrats Praised for New War Powers Resolution to End US Support for 'Catastrophic War in Yemen'

September 18, 2020 0 By HearthstoneYarns

As the U.S.-backed Saudi-led coalition admitted for the second time this week that its bombing campaign in Yemen last month killed dozens of children and adult civilians, peace advocates praised a group of Democratic lawmakers on Thursday for announcing a new effort to revoke American support for the “catastrophic” conflict that has produced the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

“The U.S. must stop aiding those that deliberately conduct illegal attacks on weddings, hospitals, and children in school buses.”
—Paul Kawika Martin, Peace Action

Led by Rep. Ro Khanna (Calif.), Reps. Adam Smith (Wash.), Mark Pocan (Wis.), Jim McGovern (Mass.), Jan Schakowsky (Ill.), Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii), Michael Capuano (Mass.), Yvette Clarke (N.Y.), Ted Lieu (Calif.), Barbara Lee (Calif.), and Adriano Espaillat (N.Y.) revealed that they plan to invoke the War Powers Resolution of 1973 to withdraw U.S. Armed Forces from all involvement in the war.

The announcement was immediately applauded anti-war campaigners:

Commending the legislators’ resolution plans, Paul Kawika Martin of Peace Action pointed out that “Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates continue to show their disregard for the nearly 18 million Yemeni civilians struggling to survive by conducting military attacks on ports, water supplies, and critical infrastructure.”

“The U.S. must stop aiding those that deliberately conduct illegal attacks on weddings, hospitals, and children in school buses,” Martin declared, calling on the government to “stop its complicity in what the U.N. last week confirmed are war crimes.”

Late last month, the U.N. released a report detailing not only the bombing campaigns that have killed civilians but also how the coalition has imposed air and naval blockades that have prevented the delivery of humanitarian aid. The report concluded that the coalition likely has “perpetrated, and continue to perpetrate, violations and crimes under international law.”

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