I read with interest your report "UN announces end of Yemen peace talks amid new fighting," Dec. 20). I lived in Yemen for 16 years and came to care very much about this land and its people.
Yet I was disappointed to see that The Sun drinks the same Saudi-is-always-the-good-guy Kool-Aid that so much of the American press also consumes. The press panders to the U.S. government and the government will always defend Saudi Arabia, its staunch ally, no matter how atrocious its behavior.
Your reported that "the Yemen conflict pits the internationally recognized government backed by a Saudi-led, U.S. supported coalition against rebels, known as Houthis, who are allied with the former president and backed by Iran." This is a distorted view.
First, the U.S. government now admits that Iran may in fact provide very little support of the Houthis, even though the Saudis want to show they, not Iran, are the strongest country in the region.
The Houthis represent approximately a third of Yemen's population. Prior to the Saudi air attacks on Yemen, the Houthis had already agreed to allow the "internationally recognized" president and his government to remain in place as long as the Houthis were also represented in this government.
Moreover, the president who headed this "internationally recognized government" was never elected, but rather appointed. And despite the Houthi's cooperation with the U.N. in its efforts to prevent an escalation of the conflict, the Saudi air campaign has targeted schools, hospitals, refugee camps and other civilian sites.
Amnesty International and other groups in Germany and England have admitted that the Saudi campaign has been characterized by "crimes against humanity." War crimes are being committed on a daily basis.
Your article correctly noted that 5,884 people have been killed since Saudi began bombing in March. What the article failed to say was that the majority of these fatalities are the result of Saudi bombing (rather than the Houthis), more than half are civilians, and more than 500 are children.
Meanwhile the U.N. reports that more than 80 percent of the population of Yemen are in "dire need of humanitarian assistance." The vast majority of Yemenis are without water, fuel, or medicine due primarily to the Saudi air and naval blockades.
Yemen has no wealth of natural resources that would attract Western governments. This may be one reason why the West has turned its back on this country and the millions of people who are suffering there. If your readers truly understood the atrocities occurring in Yemen, they might prevail upon your political leaders to stop supporting the Saudi bombing, which is only fueling rise of ISIS and al-Qaeda.
Barbara Deller, Bel Air