‘U.S. participated in Yemen war to maintain its hegemony in the Middle East’

The U.S., by its participation in war on Yemen, partly aimed to maintain its hegemony in the Middle East, says Professor Alan Nasser, author of Overripe Economy: American Capitalism and the Crisis of Democracy.
Professor Alan Nasser

In an interview with the Balkans Post to discuss Washington’s policies towards the Middle East, Professor Nasser said, “The U.S. participation in the Saudi’s destruction of Yemen has partly to do with the uprising in Yemen that is perceived as part of the Arab spring, which Washington deplores because it is thought to threaten U.S. hegemony in the middle East by jeopardizing Washington’s ally there, Saudi Arabia, and bolstering the influence of Iran, which the U.S., the Saudis and the Zionists see as a major enemy.”

He said the U.S. participation in the Saudi assault against Yemen is as much a swipe against Iran and a show of support for the Saudis as it is anything.

Saudi Arabia and some of its regional allies launched a brutal aggression against Yemen in March 2015. The war was launched to eliminate Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement and restore a former regime to power.

The U.S.-backed military aggression, coupled with a naval blockade, has killed tens of thousands of Yemenis, destroyed the country’s infrastructure and led to a massive humanitarian crisis.

A recently released United Nations report says the U.S., UK and France may be complicit in war crimes in Yemen by arming and providing intelligence and logistics support to the Saudi-led coalition that starves civilians as a war tactic.

The report by a UN panel of experts also accused the military coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates of killing Yemeni civilians in air raids and deliberately denying them food in a country facing famine.

“The assault against Yemen is likely to produce the same kinds of devastation to the Yemeni people as Washington has brought about in Venezuela: worsening poverty and the spread of disease,” said Professor Nasser.

“This kind of thing is likely to be repeated as a by-product of Washington’s efforts to tighten its grip on geopolitically strategic regions,” he noted, adding that by such policies, the U.S. is trying to weaken those who are out of step with Washington’s aspirations.

Alan Nasser is professor emeritus of Political Economy and Philosophy at The Evergreen State College. His website is: www.alannasser.org.  His latest book is Overripe Economy: American Capitalism and the Crisis of Democracy. He can be reached at: [email protected]

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