“Yemen: The Triumph of [American/NATO/Saudi] Barbarism:”

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Both Victimizers and Victims:

Creating Killers

Nations, whose aim it is to further their economic and political goals through violence, have recognized that this foundational aspect of a human being’s moral identity, i.e., the principle of respect for persons, is problematic jeopardizing its ability to wage war effectively. Consequently, nations have, in response to Marshall’s findings following the Second World War, modified warrior preparation to shift its focus from acquainting recruits with tactics and weaponry to techniques of value manipulation, moral desensitization, and psychological conditioning, aimed at destroying or overriding their moral aversion to killing.

The goals of this modified basic military training are fivefold. First, through rigid discipline, ridicule, dehumanization, and intense physical, psychological, emotional, and moral manipulation, pressure, and abuse, recruits, usually late adolescents/young adults experiencing a crucial stage of personality development, are reduced to a state of extreme helplessness and vulnerability effecting what I term “moral identity disassociation and conversion.”[9] That is, the destruction of their non-martial moral identity and its appropriate beliefs, values, loyalties, and attributes of character – kindness, mercy, compassion, consideration, benevolence, forgiveness, charity, sympathy, etc. – in favor of the beliefs, values, loyalties, and attributes of character appropriate to their new identity as warriors – loyalty to comrades, courage, patriotism, obedience, brutality, cruelty, hatred, viciousness, ferocity, inhumanity, ruthlessness, etc.

Second, few kill or are willing to die for ideology, issues of justice, god or country. What ultimately motivate soldiers to kill and to die in battle is personal honor, self-respect, and loyalty and accountability to comrades. Consequently, basic military training seeks the destruction of the recruits’ concept of themselves as individuals and fosters, instead, a group identity and esprit de corps – a unit cohesion or “brotherhood/sisterhood among warriors.” This phenomenon, sociologically termed “grouping” or “crowding,” allows for the development of a sense of anonymity, a diffusion of responsibility and group absolution thereby lessening or even eliminating (at least temporarily) a sense of personal responsibility for their actions. It is, therefore, the recruits’ vision of themselves as part of a select group of warriors with a proud, noble, and chivalrous tradition – a dynamic captured by the term “warrior mythology” – that effectively enables them to ignore the ethical limits they would normally place upon the use of violence…

{Sojourner note: here are your so called ‘wounded warriors’, Mr and Ms America. These volunteer fiends should rightly be labeled as paid assassins/mercenaries who have lost all sense of decency, all sense of their humanity and individuality: they have been morphed into monsters, genocidal freaks, psychopaths, baby-rapers, etc, etc. The only ‘warriors’ I respect are those who have either come home and blown the whistle on these US/NATO/Saudi perpetrated, heinous crimes against humanity, or had the guts to murder themselves!}

US Frustration Over Failure to Topple Maduro:

The Trump regime scheme to topple Maduro and eliminate Venezuelan social democracy was ill-conceived.

Under Chavez and Maduro, ordinary Venezuelans are conditioned to Bolivarian social benefits, governance serving everyone equitably – polar opposite how Western and most regional regimes treat their people, how Venezuelans were exploited and repressed pre-Chavez.

Short of US military intervention, the coup plot conceived by Trump regime hardliners failed – based on the flawed belief that Venezuela’s military would abandon Maduro along with most Venezuelans, welcoming Guaido instead of strongly opposing him and neoliberal policies he’d impose if empowered.

The vast majority of Venezuelans want US hands off their country. They’re overwhelmingly against military intervention. So are regional and other world community countries. US NATO allies oppose a Libya or Syria type attack on Venezuela.

The air went out of the Trump regime’s coup plot weeks earlier. Continuing it by propaganda and sanctions war is futile…

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The war in Yemen is a flagrant violation of the principle of proportionality. According to this principle, “The harm caused to civilians or civilian property must be proportional and not ‘excessive in relation to the concrete and direct military advantage anticipated’ by an attack on a military objective.” The Saudi attacks on Yemeni civilians and military targets make a mockery of this principle of international law.

In his veto message, President Trump said, “This resolution is an unnecessary, dangerous attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities, endangering the lives of American citizens and brave service members, both today and in the future.” Mr. Trump also said that he agreed with Congress that “great nations do not fight endless wars.” What he didn’t say is that the war in Yemen is a carnage that gives a new meaning to the word “barbarism”.

Donald Trump, April 27th, 2016:

“I will never send our finest into battle unless necessary, and I mean absolutely necessary, and will only do so if we have a plan for victory with a capital V,” “The world must know that we do not go abroad in search of enemies.”

Liar and fraud!

And now we are in the throes of another every four year farce, and many of you will, one more time, ignorantly and blindly buy in to the next bloviating asshole’s promises, just as you did with Hillary and the Donald four years ago.

There’s nothing in the streets
Looks any different to me
And the slogans are replaced, by the bye
And a parting on the left
Is now a parting on the right
And the beards have all grown longer overnight

I’ll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
Then I’ll get on my knees and pray
We don’t get fooled again

The Who: “Won’t Get Fooled Again”

Meanwhile, the people in Yemen and elsewhere around the world will continue to be raped, pillaged, imprisoned, tortured and mass murdered by the Zionist swine who own and operate this government and its vassal state allies:

Yemen: The Triumph of Barbarism

By Cesar Chelala

April 22, 2019 “Information Clearing House” – President Donald Trump’s recent veto of a bipartisan resolution to force an end to American military involvement in Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen reminds me of some words by V.S. Naipaul, the Trinidadian author. In his book “A Bend in the River,” Naipaul says, “The world is what it is; men who are nothing, who allow themselves to become nothing, have no place in it.”

The war in Yemen has reached a level of barbarism as few wars in recent history. It has become a humanitarian nightmare that only a cessation of hostilities by Saudi Arabia and the provision of immediate assistance to the people in Yemen can help solve. The Trump administration, however, has chosen to continue supporting the Saudi regime.

U.S. military assistance takes several forms. It goes from refueling Saudi and Emirati jets leading the bombing campaign in Yemen, to providing targeting and military advice to the Saudi forces, and providing fuel and armaments, including precision-guided missiles for use against the Yemeni Houthis.

The war against the Yemenis by Saudi Arabia flaunts international law and basic humanitarian principles. Years of conflict have all but destroyed the country’s public health system and fueled a humanitarian crisis of dramatic proportions. Since the escalation of the war in 2015, medical personnel and health facilities have been attacked and destroyed. As a result, thousands of people have been cut off from essential services.

Yemenis are forced to travel long distances to reach the few remaining health facilities. As a result, pregnant women with complications arrive late, and those suffering from serious injuries lose precious minutes of care. In addition, the destruction of the health system has led to outbreaks of diphtheria, measles, and cholera.

According to the annual Worldwide Threat Assessment report –which reflects the insights of the U.S. Intelligence Community, including the CIA, the National Security Agency and the FBI, as well as many other federal agencies- of nearly 29 million people in Yemen, about 22 million need some form of humanitarian assistance.

Among them, 16 million don’t have access to food and drinking water, and more than one million Yemenis –mostly children- suffer from cholera. In addition, 5 million people are at food “emergency” level, just short of famine, and there are 2.8 million internally displaced people. In the meantime, emergency life-saving medicines, trauma kits, diarrheal disease kits, and blood banks are urgently needed, while the public health system is under collapse.

The war in Yemen is a flagrant violation of the principle of proportionality. According to this principle, “The harm caused to civilians or civilian property must be proportional and not ‘excessive in relation to the concrete and direct military advantage anticipated’ by an attack on a military objective.” The Saudi attacks on Yemeni civilians and military targets make a mockery of this principle of international law.

In his veto message, President Trump said, “This resolution is an unnecessary, dangerous attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities, endangering the lives of American citizens and brave service members, both today and in the future.” Mr. Trump also said that he agreed with Congress that “great nations do not fight endless wars.” What he didn’t say is that the war in Yemen is a carnage that gives a new meaning to the word “barbarism”.

Dr. César Chelala is an international public health consultant and a co-winner of an Overseas Press Club of America award for the best article on human rights.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51469.htm