October 19, 2018
So everyone is mad at Saudi Arabia for killing a journalist.
They weren’t mad though when they were indiscriminately slaughtering everyone in Yemen.
In fact, the only reason Yemen is now a top news story is that the media is on the attack mode against Saudi because of the journalist.
Yemen could be facing the worst famine in 100 years if airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition are not halted, the UN has warned.
If war continues, famine could engulf the country in the next three months, with 12 to 13 million civilians at risk of starvation, according to Lise Grande, the agency’s humanitarian coordinator for Yemen.
She told the BBC: “I think many of us felt as we went into the 21st century that it was unthinkable that we could see a famine like we saw in Ethiopia, that we saw in Bengal, that we saw in parts of the Soviet Union – that was just unacceptable.
“Many of us had the confidence that would never happen again and yet the reality is that in Yemen that is precisely what we are looking at.”
Yemen has been in the grip of a bloody civil war for three years after Houthi rebels, backed by Iran, seized much of the country, including the capital, Sana’a. The Saudi-led coalition has been fighting the rebels since 2015 in support of the internationally recognised government.
It’s not really any of my business.
But it sure does seem strange that no one was yelling and screaming about Saudi killing tens of thousands of people and putting millions on the verge of starvation, and then all of a sudden the entire world needs to talk about Saudi because of one single dead journalist getting chopped up.
Because for me personally, I would rather a journalist die than any random person who is not a journalist. And in fact, I would prefer if all journalists starved to death.