While much of the world turns a blind eye, Saudi Arabia continues to bomb neighboring Yemen daily with the goal of returning its puppet, President Abd Rabbuh Mansur al-Hadi, to office ("Ravaged by conflict, Yemen's coast faces rising malnutrition," Sept. 16).
The U.N. and organizations like Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and OXFAM have investigated the bombing and found that in many cases Saudi Arabia is targeting civilians by bombing residential areas, hospitals and schools, factories, UNESCO World heritage sights and at least one orphanage and wedding celebration. According to the U.N., more than 10,000 civilians have been killed in these unrelenting attacks on Yemen and its people.
What is even more disturbing is that while Saudi Arabia is dropping the bombs, the U.S. is supplying the weaponry, refueling their bombers in the air and providing other support for the war. The U.S. has authorized $60 billion in military sales to Saudi Arabia, including cluster bombs, in the last eight years.
As Connecticut Democrat Sen. Chris Murphy pointed out, "there's an American imprint on every civilian life lost in Yemen." So we are losing even more of the few friends we have in the region.
Meanwhile, al-Qaida and ISIS are gaining in Yemen as the Saudis take territory from the Houthis, their main enemy in the country.
We say we want peace in the area, but we continue to provide the Saudis with arms. President Barack Obama recently announced the sale of another $1.2 billion in weapons to Saudi Arabia and it is likely many of them will fall into the hands of groups the U.S. is now fighting or will fight in the future.
Last week, Sens. Al Franken, Chris Lee, Chris Murphy and Rand Paul introduced a joint resolution calling on Congress to block the Obama administration's weapons sales to Saudi Arabia. The introduction of this bipartisan resolution in the Senate means that there is a new mood in Congress. But to have any chance of passage, citizens must contact their representatives in Congress and voice their support for the Murphy-Paul Senate Joint Resolution 39 blocking weapons sales to Saudi Arabia.
Barbara Deller, Bel Air