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US turning blind eye to Saudi crimes in Yemen: Pundit

Yemeni women react amid the rubble of buildings damaged in an air strike by Saudi Arabia on the capital, Sana’a, on July 13, 2015. (©AFP)

Press TV has conducted an interview with Nasser al-Omari, an author and political commentator, to discuss Saudi Arabia’s aggression against Yemen.

This is a rough transcription of the interview.

Press TV: When the world powers were discussing Iran's nuclear program, there was a media blackout on the war on Yemen. Why is it that the media in the West pays no attention the Saudi war on Yemen and in some instances paints a completely different picture of the situation?

Al-Omari: Well, because we do not have an international community. We have the United States, France, and Britain calling themselves international community. The international community has condemned what is happening to the Yemeni people. The Obama administration has turned a blind eye to what the Saudis have been doing in Yemen. Yemen is no longer a viable government, is no longer a viable country. But that doesn’t really matter as long as the Saudis are given a free hand to destroy what they perceive to be their enemy, a proxy of Iran, and in the meanwhile we are talking about close to 21 million people who are in danger of famine, who are in danger of poverty and disease, but again that does not matter because the Saudi royal family is supported by the American administration unfortunately.

Press TV: What's keeping Yemen from taking legal action against Saudi Arabia?

Al-Omari: Because I think the Saudi royal family enjoys a lot of support for this war from the United States and other western powers. We have seen how the French, and the Canadians and all these democracies have rushed to conclude weapons deal with the Saudi royal family in exchange for their humiliating stance vis-à-vis the Yemeni people. As I said we do not have an international community. We have colonial governments, colonial regimes in the Middle East being supported at the expense of the aspirations of the people including the Saudi people who are oppressed, who have no say where their oil money goes or what country their regime attacks. So, it is unfortunate we are looking at a colonial system at its best     

Press TV: How can this war stop?

Al-Omari: The United Nations has sounded the alarm. It has increased this to a level of three emergency which means a great number of people are about to loose access to fuel which means in a country like Yemen where they depend on fuel for their food, they depend on it for medicine transportation. It means that we are about to see true famines  in Yemen. We have not heard any condemnation of the situation in Yemen. Really you don’t hear any mention of war in Yemen in the western media. So, unfortunately this is not likely to be resolved any time soon.    

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