Saudi Arabia has been using US-sold weapons against civilians in its war in Yemen. Now the Trump administration wants to sell Saudi Arabia more bombs with no conditions on how they are used.
Thankfully, Senators Chris Murphy (D-CT), Rand Paul (R-KY), and Al Franken (D-MN) have introduced legislation to block the sale and are demanding a full Senate vote.
That vote could come as soon as Monday, June 12!
The Obama administration had stopped selling smart bombs to Saudi Arabia because of repeated and deliberate attacks on civilians.
The resumption of these sales could even be illegal under US law.
Human Rights Watch and a panel of experts at the UN have both documented instances of targeted attacks on Yemeni civilians and civilian infrastructure using US-supplied weapons – some of which amount to war crimes.
More bombs will only prolong the war, not bring about a peaceful resolution to Yemen’s conflict. And with more than 7 million people on the brink of starvation, these weapons are literally weapons of mass starvation.
America should not be supplying weapons for Saudi Arabia's war on Yemen.
Providing more assistance and weapons to Saudi Arabia only makes the US more complicit in potential war crimes and violations of the laws of war.
The US should be pushing for peace in Yemen, not flooding the country with more weapons.
It's time for Congress to stop Trump from aiding and abetting Saudi Arabia's war crimes in Yemen by blocking this sale. But with so little time, they need to hear from you today.