Hell on Earth Exists
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
Made in the USA, assisted by its imperial partners, hell exists in raped and destroyed nations by US-led aggression.
It’s worst of all in ravaged Yemen since October 2001, a nation under attack by the US and complicit aggressors for nearly two decades without let-up.
According to World Food Program executive director David Beasley in remarks to Security Council members last week:
“Just two days ago, I was in Yemen, where over 16 million people now face crisis levels of hunger or worse.”
“These aren’t just numbers. These are real people.”
“And we are headed straight toward the biggest famine in modern history.”
“It is hell on earth in many places in Yemen right now.”
“Around 400,000 children may die in Yemen this year without urgent intervention.”
“That is roughly one child every 75 seconds.”
“So, while we’re sitting here, every minute and a quarter, a child is dying.”
“Are we really going to turn our backs on them and look the other way?”
“To add to all their misery, the innocent people of Yemen have to deal with a fuel blockade.”
“(M)ost hospitals (still operating) only have electricity in their intensive care units because fuel reserves are so low.”
“I know this first-hand because I’ve walked in the hospital.”
“And the lights were off. The electricity was off.”
“The people of Yemen deserve our help. That blockade must be lifted, as a humanitarian act.”
“Otherwise, millions more will spiral into crisis.”
“Man made conflict is driving instability and powering a destructive new wave of famine that threatens to sweep across the world.”
“The toll being paid in human misery is unimaginable.”
“These looming famines have two things in common: they are primarily driven by conflict, and they are entirely preventable.”
“The cycle of violence, hunger and despair pulls in more and more individuals and families as the weeks and months pass.”
“But the potential consequences are truly global: economic deterioration, destabilization, mass migration and starvation.”
“Beyond the immediate crisis, we also need to invest in peace, so that in the future, desperate families are not forced to the brink of survival by the bullet and the bomb.”
“The costs of this violence are immense: just in 2019 $14.5 trillion dollars a year – 15 percent of global GDP.”
“It would take a fraction of this money to fund the development programs that could transform the lives of people in fragile, conflict-scarred nations – and help lay new pathways to peace.”
Beasley added that he earlier warned that famines “of biblical proportions” are happpening in over three dozen countries.
He estimates around 270 million people worldwide today on the brink of starvation — what’s entirely avoidable but it’s happening because of endless wars and indifference to the health, welfare and rights of world’s most vulnerable people.
Millions reside in Yemen, victimized by US aggression because of its strategic location.
It’s near the Horn of Africa on Saudi Arabia’s southern border, the Red Sea, its Bab el-Mandeb strait — a key chokepoint separating Yemen from Eritrea through which millions barrels of oil pass daily — and the Gulf of Aden connection to the Indian Ocean.
It’s why war to gain and maintain control of the country rages endlessly.
Yemeni Houthi freedom fighters want their country back.
They want US-led aggression ended, US/Saudi forces out of the country once and for all.
Millions of Yemenis on the brink of starvation want to live, not die.
The Saudis are waging US proxy war on the country, massacring thousands, destroying vital infrastructure — schools, food storage facilities, residential areas, and hospitals, wrecking Yemen’s healthcare system.
Millions of Yemenis face endless violence, lack of treatment for illnesses and injuries, starvation, and for many in the country widespread famine.
The entire population is at risk.
Beasley warned that things are “sliding toward the brink of the abyss” today.
Millions of desperate people in Yemen, Afghanistan, Syria, Sudan, South Sudan, the Sahel and elsewhere — dozens of countries where millions of people go hungry because of US aggression and/or support for endless wars.
Beasley visited Sana’a, Yemen’s Al Sabeen children’s hospital.
He was overwhelmed by horror stories and what he saw firsthand.
He witnessed pain, incredible hardships, sick children whose bodies were skin and bones, and countless numbers on the brink of death from preventable or treatable illnesses and hunger.
“If I showed you some of the pictures, you would not believe it, and no one with a heart at all could sit idly by and let this continue. No one,” he stressed!
Ending war in Yemen and other countries, along with lots of money for food and healthcare are desperately needed to save lives. end pain and indescribable suffering.
Beasley estimates around 250,000 deaths in Yemen from war, untreated diseases and starvation.
A more accurate toll since Bush/Cheney launched aggression in the country almost two decades ago is likely at least ten-fold higher than Beasley’s estimate.
What’s going on won’t likely end unless world community members no longer tolerate US-led wars on humanity.
They continue in multiple theaters by hot and/or other means, the human toll mounting exponentially each day.
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My two Wall Street books are timely reading:
“How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion, and Class War”
“Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity”