Press TV has conducted an interview with Jalal Fairooz, a Middle East expert in London, to discuss Saudi Arabia’s ongoing military aggression against Yemen.
What follows is a rough transcription of the interview.
Press TV: What is amazing is the fact that you have the Saudi King being received at the White House by the US President Barack Obama and what comes out of that amongst other things was the fact that the one billion dollar military arms sale from the US to Saudi needs to be proved by Congress and really not any word coming from the US President regarding what is happening which is obviously the Saudi bombardment of Yemen. What type of role do you see the US playing in this war?
Fairooz: Well actually it is beyond any doubt that the main player in the Saudi war against the Yemeni people is the United States of America. It is very known that whatever information and all the satellite views and information and all the data including the dimensions which requires for all the shelling of the civilian targets and other targets in Yemen are being supplied by the American intelligence and the American military. More than that, you know that all these bombs and shelling and all the airplanes, all the heavy weaponry which is being used to kill these women and children in Yemen are American made.
They are supplied by the United States. They are being backed by the United States. The United States agreed on this aggression in the United Nations. Actually they have tried with the Russians and the Chinese not to have a veto against this aggression when there was a resolution in the United Nations. The Americans have actually agreed with the Saudis. The Saudis have told the Americans five months and so ago that they are going to start this war against the Yemeni people and that was the case, the Americans have agreed.
So it is not a surprise that the American president should send condolences to Riyadh because they are part of it. More of that, some of the airplanes which are bombing Yemen are being captained, they are being run by the Americans themselves. These ships of the United States in the Arabian Sea are guiding the airplanes where to bomb in Yemen.
Press TV: The United States was just accused days back by Human Rights Watch of providing these M26 ammunition cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia that has been used. Isn’t there a way that the US should be stopped from providing such types of arms and hence for Saudi Arabia to use on the innocent civilian lives in Yemen of which many have been maimed and killed at this point?
Fairooz: Well unfortunately ... is convincing its people that because we are selling this weaponry so that we can provide some jobs for your kids in the United States and provide some economy improvement.
On the other hand you could see that the world is mum about all the aggression which is happening because of the authority which the United States and the NATO allies have on the world today. These days, especially next week there will be the United Nations Human [Rights] Council conference in Geneva starting and there are lots of groups against this war who are trying to get through and talk about how this war is a black page of humanity but it seems that even in the human rights council the United States and the western allies will stop talks against the Saudi aggression against the people of Yemen.
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