One of the Middle East’s bloodiest conflicts is also the one that is most overlooked. It is not Iran or Iraq; it is Yemen, the world’s poorest country and the one which has faced the worst repercussion of the world war. The 21-month civil war triggered a massive humanitarian crisis. In the entire world, some people may die of hunger, some people may die from any disease, but for some people of Yemen, the cause of death of their death was not illness or hunger but bombs which were specially supplied by the American companies and which were also approved by the American officials.
In all about 100,000 people were killed which includes 12,000 civilians. They were the innocents, who have been killed in the conflict between the government of Yemen who was backed by Saudi Arabia, and the Iranian aligned Houthi rebels. They particularly destroyed their targeted places ranging from market place to schools and even to the funerals; approx 140 people were killed in just one stroke.
The zeal of President Trump for boosting the USA’S arm industry became the reason for the death of a number of civilians. As for Mr. Trump more arms sales means more jobs, he was so tenacious to boost his arms industry that the death of a journalist and an American resident Jamal Khashoggi could not, which led the democrats and the Republicans to call for ending the sales to the Saudis, could not persuade his to re-examine his decision to continue the deal. In recent years Saudi Arabia gets the highest number of arms from the U.S. than it takes from any other country. The U.S. had assigned 22 billion dollars for arms trade to Saudi Arabia. The weapons which the U.S. sold to Saudi were mostly those weapons that were banned by most other communities.
“I want to Boeing and I want Lockheed and I want Raytheon to take those orders and to hire lots of people to make that incredible equipment”, Mr. Trump told the Forbes Business in 2018, after Mr. Khashoggi was done away within the Saudi. The American officials have tried more than twice to put an end to the deals of armaments with Saudi as the criticism mounted on the civilian’s death in Yemen. But even then Mr. President announced a massive arms sale package to Saudi.
These absurd steps of the president show a transmutation in the American state and economic policy. According to Loren B. Thompson, an analyst, and consultant for major arms manufacturers “this white house is more open to arm industry executives than any other in the eidetic memory”.
The question which arises is that, what is more, important for Mr. President: lives or his arms industry? If he continues to gain a boost in the arms industry, he might be successful in that, but meanwhile, he will be killing a large number of people. He will make a trend like this and which is surely not a legacy to be proud of.