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October 03, 2015

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Graham

I agree that saudi arabia having a position on a 'human rights' council is absurd and makes a mockery of the body, and the Israel comment seems accurate, but with regard to the apparent civilian death toll in Yemen I find these convincing: http://www.thomaswictor.com/the-war-is-saving-yemeni-lives/
http://www.thomaswictor.com/in-yemen-no-evidence-is-required/

Mick H

Well maybe - I'm unconvinced - but that's no excuse for blocking an investigation.

Graham

It would be interesting to see the results of an investigation and obviously it is ridiculous if Saudi is in a position to block one being conducted. As you say, the HRC lacks credibility, as do many other aspects of the UN and HRW for that matter. I'm interested which elements of those links you found unconvincing.

FWIW, Amnesty International also report the vast majority of civilian casualties in Yemen result from Houthi anti-aircraft fire:
https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2015/05/yemen-scores-of-civilians-killed-and-injured-by-anti-aircraft-fire-and-airstrikes-on-weapons-depots/

'A doctor at al-Thawra hospital, one of the largest public hospitals in Sana’a, told Amnesty International that the vast majority - around 90% - of war wounded patients admitted to the hospital had been injured by anti-aircraft fire.'

Mick H

Oh I don't know. I just had a brief look at that Thomas Wicker site - white writing on black, pieces about "The BBC, a propaganda arm of Iran" - and assumed it was another somewhat cranky American take. No doubt I'm being unfair, but there's only so much web stuff you can read. The Amnesty article is certainly persuasive.

Graham

Appears as black on white on mine, & that title is OTT, but I don't think he can fairly be dismissed as a crank or an extremist, & his knowledge of munitions, military matters and geopolitics seems genuine, sane & useful to me.

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