NOURNEWS - The United States has played a major role in creating and perpetuating the crisis since the beginning of the Saudi coalition's unequal war against Yemen, and the Biden administration must consider changes beyond its arms policy if he wants to change the US role in ending the crisis. The US role in perpetuating the Yemeni crisis is not limited to equipping the Saudi coalition with weapons and has a much broader dimension. According to many analysts, the war started from the beginning with the aim of protecting US interests in the region, and expresses the deep concern of this trans-regional interventionist for changing the balance of power in West Asia. In 2015, the Obama administration accepted a large-scale military intervention in Yemen as the only way to protect US interests. In addition to providing arms, logistics, intelligence and propaganda support, and even military advice to the war, the White House has used its diplomatic power to ignore the crimes of the Saudi coalition. Washington has sold billions of dollars in weapons to Riyadh, especially in the past two years as Yemen's defense has grown, which is considered a success for the Trump administration. Also, until November 2018, the United States was supplying fuel to fighter jets whose bombs killed many civilians in Yemen, including children. In the final months, the Trump administration planned to sell $ 23 billion advanced weapons, such as F-35 fighter jets and Reaper drones to Saudi Arabia. In 2019, despite the opposition of the Democrats in Congress, they signed a contract worth 8 billion and one hundred thousand dollars for the sale of weapons with Riyadh. In the words of Shireen Al-Adeimi, a Yemeni professor at the University of Michigan, "The United States has done everything in the Yemeni war except pulling the trigger directly." The United States has made every effort to protect Saudi and UAE officials from the international consequences of their crimes, considering any defense against these crimes a terrorist act. From the White House point of view, the revolution of the Yemeni people and the liberation of a large number of revolutionaries, especially Ansarullah, from the persecution of the central government, means that Iran is gaining power in the region and must be suppressed. The suppression, which according to the latest UN report (December 2020) killed about 233,000 civilians, most of them due to the lack of food, water and sanitation. The destructive role of the United States in Yemen is not limited to this war. Prior to the war, Washington had played a key role in al-Qaeda gaining power in Yemen, sabotaging its oil production, and keeping the righteous government dependent on Saudi Arabia. The role that the documents published by Ansarullah have shown in recent days shows its breadth and antiquity. In the first days of his presidency, Biden announced that the United States no longer supports Saudi military intervention in the Yemeni war, but added that Washington would continue to support Riyadh against Ansarullah and the Yemeni army. "We will continue to support Saudi Arabia and help them to defend their sovereignty, territorial integrity and people," Biden said. In other words, he said, the United States is not exiting the war, but is moving toward a position that is seemingly less destructive. Biden's declared policy on Yemen is very reminiscent of Obama's position in 2015. The Democrat President of the United States had said at the beginning of this crisis and to justify his support for the Saudi coalition: " We have an interest in protecting Saudi Arabia's borders from Ansarullah." This policy has three main components: an end to the offensive operations in Yemen, continued support for what they call Saudi defense and a new attempt to find a diplomatic solution. In the case of the first and second components, the terms offensive and defensive mean that the United States will not stop the war in Yemen because Saudi Arabia has so far considered all of its bombing to be defensive, and Washington has accepted that. In addition, Saudi Arabia hosts thousands of American troops and holds 17 percent of the world's proven oil reserves, and except for brief moments, it has always adjusted its oil policies in Washington's interests. The pursuit of a diplomatic solution is also of a propaganda nature given that Saudi Arabia and its allies continue to attack the remaining ruins of Sanaa, but the Ansarullah operation is condemned by the United States. With this political game in Washington, the humanitarian crisis in Yemen is getting worse day by day, al-Qaeda affiliates are getting more opportunities to expand their power, and the flow of weapons will continue, given its place in the US economy. There are several reasons why the United States lacks the will to play a mediating role and bring peace to Yemen. Joe Biden's support for peace is propaganda aimed primarily at reducing the White House's moral responsibility to domestic and international public opinion, and it will not cure the suffering of the Yemeni people.
BY: Pooya Mirzaei