We don’t like to talk about Yemen. We don’t like to think about Yemen.
Yemen is the elephant in the room.
Yemen is the black eye on a child that everyone at church pretends to believe is from falling down the stairs again to avoid an uncomfortable confrontation.
Yemen is the incestuous molestation everyone knows has been happening but they just keep eating their Thanksgiving dinner and making small talk.
The mass atrocity that is happening in Yemen is the worst thing that is happening in our world, and it isn’t even close.
It is worse than anything the mass media ever talk about.
It is worse than Donald Trump’s rude tweets.
It is worse than immigrant kids in cages.
It is worse than racism and police brutality.
It is worse than anything that is being done by governments that Washington doesn’t like.
It is probably worse than even your most paranoid and far-fetched theory about the evil things powerful elites might be doing behind veils of government secrecy.
And they’re doing it right out in the open.
Untold hundreds of thousands already dead since 2015, with millions displaced and suffering due to blockades, disease, and military violence.
All this death and suffering is entirely man-made, and it is entirely the fault of the US-centralized power alliance.
The horrors in Yemen, which are being spearheaded by a Saudi-led coalition, would not be happening without the express approval and support of the US and its tight empire-like network of allies. A consensus in Washington could force a Saudi withdrawal and an end to the war and the blockades immediately.
This isn’t a mass atrocity that requires an intervention. All that’s required is the cessation of intervention, from the US-centralized power alliance.
But it does not cease. And I’ve been tripping harder and harder the last few days on how insane and immoral it is that we’re not talking about that constantly.
It’s hard to get a subject trending when it isn’t happening in New York City and doesn’t directly involve a Clinton or a Kardashian. But there’s really no more urgent injustice in the world right now.