A Yemeni man sits on debris at the site of a Saudi air strike against Huthi rebels near Sanaa Airport on March 26, 2015
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A Yemeni man sits on debris at the site of a Saudi air strike against Huthi rebels near Sanaa Airport on March 26, 2015
Last updated: April 24, 2015
The mainstream narrative on the Yemen War is grossly misleading

"Just try to imagine the general Western reaction had Iran bombed Yemen or somebody else"

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DOUBLE STANDARDS

A coalition led by Saudi Arabia and supported by Western leaders has been bombing Yemen for about a month; it's a clearcut international aggression and an extremely asymmetric conflict.

But we've heard no calls for a 'humanitarian intervention' by NATO or a no-fly zone to prevent the now more than 1,500 bombing raids from continuing and hitting civilian targets.

It's not that international law is blatantly violated; sadly that has been seen before.

It is the roaring absence of a clear condemnation by the UN, EU/NATO countries – usually making themselves up as 'the international community' – and by the Western mainstream editors and commentators.

Substance plays a minor role. What is right or wrong depends on who is doing what. This war is OK because the Saudi dictatorship and its coalition members are Western allies and armed by NATO countries.

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THE CONVENIENT BUT WRONG NARRATIVE

Furthermore, the narrative has twisted this into a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and the West on one side and Iran, alone, on the other, blaming the latter for its alleged support to the Houthis.

It is no wonder that a group of eminent scholars on Yemen have published an open letter in Washington Post in which, among other things, they condemn the Saudi-led war on Yemen.

They add, diplomatically, that "A complex, local conflict has been overshadowed by the narrative of a regional proxy war between Saudi and Iranian interests. The Saudi, as well as Hadi, accuse the Houthis of being Iranian puppets. Some analysts say the connection between Tehran and the Houthis has been exaggerated."

The UN Security Council recently passed a resolution, drafted by Jordan, condemning the Houthis, but not condemning a bombing coalition, thereby de facto endorsing the aggression. 

It seems that the UN Secretary General is unaware of Articles 99 and 100 of the Charter. Only a couple of days later, the UN Yemen mediator resigns, conspicuously. 

The absence of diversity in mainstream analyses of critical questions and the lack of sense of justice is appalling in that it leaves the world with the perverse "might makes right" philosophy unchallenged. An exaggeration? 

Just try to imagine the general Western reaction had Iran bombed Yemen or somebody else – including civilian targets – the last three weeks with the support of, say, Russia and China.

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