Debate with international experts on Yemen crisis in the 10th episode of the second season of The Fact in the presence of experts from UK and US. In this conference we analyzed the Yemen war, Saudi murders, the reasons of the war going on and the results and consequences.
MWFpress - Debate with international experts on Yemen crisis in the 10th episode of the second season of The Fact in the presence of experts from UK and US. In this conference we analyzed the Yemen war, Saudi murders, the reasons of the war going on and the results and consequences.
The guests: Janice Kortkamp Independent Activist and Journalist USA
Riaz Kerim Political Analyst and Commentator England
Questions asked at the conference: 1- why did Yemen war take so long? 2- did Saudi Arabia reach or achieve its goals in this war? 3- how can Saudi Arabia commit so many war crimes and still doesn't get any punishments or sanctions? 4- do you think current situation in Yemen war is in favor of Houthis or Saudi and Emirates coalition forces?? 5- what were the results or outcomes of recent attacks on strategic economic sites in Saudi Arabia by yemeni forces? 6- how do you see the role of Iran in Yemen's crisis? Has Iran done its moral and humanitarian duties toward Yemen so far? 7-what is the duty of activists and human right NGOs concerning Yemen? 8- how do you think the future of this conflict will be?
View full conference video on YouTube
Following is a summary of the questions and answers which are raised in this webinar.
Janice Kortkamp Independent Activist and Journalist / USA Did Saudi Arabia reach or achieve its goals in this war? We have to look at different goals. One is Saudi Arabia has always coveted Yemen. Yemen is a beautiful spectacular country. Although it's poor, it's quite an astounding place with amazing and very strong people dedicated to their land but Saudi Arabia has always been seeking to control it. The other goals are greed and lust for power. One of the things that we're seeing is the arms deals. This has actually become a huge factor where people say now wars are created to sell weapons and I think this is a perfect example of that mentality. It has achieved a goal of punishing many people, starving them, creating a terrible punishing situation for the people there with disease and fear terror, killing the children and bombing civilians. I would say the goals have not been anything positive obviously and that they have succeeded in creating a truly horrific nightmare in Yemen.
Do you think current situation in Yemen war is in favor of Houthis or Saudi and Emirates coalition forces? It’s very difficult to ascertain I believe because you have different statements from different parties. I think at any particular day there may be an advantage on one side or the other.
What is the duty of activists and human right NGOs concerning Yemen? It’s imperative for activists to get the truth out to normal everyday people who are completely ignorant of what the US is about in the Middle East. Our primary task is to educate and that just requires a lot of time and patience. I can think for people to continue to push through, continue to share the truth and the stories that we're getting from people in Yemen and reports in alternate media and around the world.
How do you think the future of this conflict will be? Sometimes I wish I could see it and sometimes I'm thankful I can't see. There is an interesting dynamic that is just starting to come into play and that is the Washington administration. Now we are starting to see a little bit of pushback and questioning of these policies and acts of aggression and so I think there is a general sense forming that people in America are against these wars.
Riaz Kerim Political Analyst and Commentator / England Why did Yemen war take so long? The very simple answer is just pure greed; greed and hunger for power. This war is not coming to an end. The countries that were in coalition are starting to pull out slowly. They're not winning but they keep at it because now it is about saving face.
How can Saudi Arabia commit so many war crimes and still doesn't get any punishments or sanctions? It’s quite a few facets to your question. Number one, Saudi Arabia is not a signatory to the International Criminal Court so nobody can do anything to them. Number two, they sit on the Human Rights Commission in the United Nations. Number three, they're, along with the United States and United Kingdom and France; and all these countries that are in the coalition, the largest funders of the United Nations. The reason why there are no punishments or sanctions for them is that the armed sales are just way to let go and that is the reason why this war is going on for the last four years.
How do you see the role of Iran in Yemen's crisis? Has Iran done its moral and humanitarian duties toward Yemen so far? As far as Iran's role is concerned, it is very very limited. Iran has supported the Yemenis but in a very very limited capacity and also in supplying humanitarian needs, in supplying food and medicines. Until today the propaganda machines are churning out information that Iran led, Iran supplied, and Iran supported Houthi militia; but, this is untrue. To date, they have not been able to substantiate that with even a single piece of evidence that says that Iran is actually involved in the war in Yemen.
How do you think the future of this conflict will be? I do not see ending. There may be discussions, there may be different starts; but when you get results, that is a different thing. I don't see any results until and unless the media does actually start providing real information on the ground as to what is happening.
It’s worthy to mention that this video conference is held regularly with several international subjects inviting various activists and analysts from different countries. (see the archive of The Fact web conferences)