SANA’A – During an interview with independent news organisation Democracy Now!, US Senator Chris Murphy has admitted that the United States is complicit in the mass murder of Yemeni civilians and the export of violence through its illegal participation in a war against the Republic of Yemen.
Murphy, a Senator for the Democratic Party from the state of Connecticut, is one of the three politicians who introduced a bill to the Senate floor last week that seeks to end any and all US support for the Saudi-led coalition war against Yemen, that has been going on since March 2015. Aside from Murphy, independent Senator from Vermont and former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, and Utah Republican Mike Lee also support the proposal.
The bill, based on the War Powers Resolution from 1973, would invoke the right of the US Congress to curb and end military activities that were sanctioned by the White House without parliamentary approval. Since there has never been an official declaration of war between the US and any side of the Yemeni conflict, US military involvement would be officially labeled as unconstitutional, if the bill were to pass.
“Well, we’re obviously, rightly, focused on the violence that the federal government and the US Congress facilitates in our own country because of our inaction, but we also need to talk about the violence that we export. Yemen today, a place that not a lot of Americans think about, is going through the worst humanitarian crisis in the world — a famine, a cholera outbreak that has affected over a million people. All of it is happening because of the United States,” Murphy said in the interview.
“The United States has entered into a coalition with the Saudis to bomb that country as part of a very complicated civil war. And the bombing campaign, that the United States has helped run, has killed thousands of Yemeni civilians, has targeted the water treatment facilities in that country, which has led to this cholera outbreak.
People are dying by the day. And the US is actually less safe because of it, because this civil war inside Yemen has allowed for al-Qaeda and ISIS to get bigger and stronger.
We’re doing it just because we’re allies of the Saudis, and for some reason, the Trump administration is backing the Saudis in all of their various plays in the region.”
The Senator concluded his statement by pointing to the importance of the bill proposal passing the Senate vote:
“But Senator Sanders and I, along with Republican Mike Lee, have introduced legislation that would shut down US involvement. We have the ability to trigger a vote on the Senate floor to contest the fact that we believe this military engagement is illegal, it’s unauthorized.”