Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen has caused the world’s worst humanitarian catastrophe and we have an unprecedented chance to do something.
The ongoing Saudi-led war in Yemen has killed thousands, forced millions to flee their homes, resulted in the world’s worst cholera outbreak, and left 7 million people at risk of starvation. American made bombs – dropped by American made planes and refueled by American military forces – have been used by the Saudis and their allies to destroy crops, cut off access to ports, and wreak havoc on the people of Yemen. This war depends on American support, and now we have to chance to shut that down.
Earlier today, a bipartisan group in Congress introduced legislation that would immediately halt American support for the Saudi-led coalition. Under the War Powers Resolution, this important legislation is guaranteed a vote, which means in the next few weeks, the House of Representatives will finally debate and vote on this completely unauthorized war.
Congress has never authorized America’s involvement in this war in Yemen, yet America’s support has helped fuel the conflict and its horrific war crimes. With our support, the Saudis have bombed schools and hospitals and killed families sleeping in their homes and shopping in the market. American planes continue refueling the Saudi coalition planes dropping those very bombs.
This unauthorized war is also making our country less safe by the day. Violent extremists like Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula have been feeding off the chaos in Yemen to grow their ranks, while America’s involvement in the war has fueled anti-American sentiment throughout Yemen and beyond.
This war needs to end and it needs to end now. Every expert agrees that the war in Yemen will only be resolved through a political settlement, but that settlement simply won’t happen as long as the American military continues to support the Saudi-led coalition in its quest to ‘win’ an unwinnable war on the battlefield, no matter the cost of human suffering.
Make no mistake, the blood from this deadly war is on our hands. That’s why it is up to us to finally take a stand. Lots of Members of Congress didn’t want to have this vote. They don’t want to confront America’s role in fueling this war. But that’s where we come in. We have been bringing our voices into the halls of Congress for 15 years, and it’s time to do that once again to make them finally end the horrors in Yemen. Please act today to stop fueling war in Yemen.