Yemen war powers resolution necessary

Published: 11/23/2022 5:32:59 PM
Modified: 11/23/2022 5:32:48 PM

William Lambers’ Nov. 16 guest column “Share Thanksgiving meals to prevent famine” underlines that any war is a tragedy, especially for civilians. Since February, the bitter war in Ukraine has diverted attention from the past 7-plus years in which the U.S. has facilitated war and supply blockades in Yemen. The long-term virtual famine of Yemeni civilians is one result. Ignoring America’s involvement doesn’t make it go away. Since 2018, there has been bipartisan congressional consensus to end U.S. complicity in Yemen. Now we have a president who has stated his desire to do the same. The 2022 Yemen War Powers Resolution is the best path to that end.

Massachusetts and Vermont delegations joined forces during its introduction in the House, joined by a companion bill in the Senate. They and others have built wide support for the War Powers Resolution. Any single member of either the U.S. Senate or House can force a vote on the floor of their chamber. U.S. Sens. Markey, Warren and Leahy; U.S. Reps. McGovern, Pressley and Welch, Clark, Keating, and Trahan, I’m thinking of you! With much gratitude for your efforts to date, please bring this home, before the session ends. Amidst a relative calm in Yemen, it’s easy to ignore the lack of a current truce. There is no way to hold the Saudi/UAE coalition accountable when it again drops U.S.-supplied bombs on Yemenis. Nothing to stop the Saudis from blockading further the ports and airports, cutting off shipments of essential food, fuel and medical aid. We hold responsibility! U.S. weapons, planes, parts and information inform and enable this suffering. Famine used as a weapon is a war crime. In this Thanksgiving season, it’s time for our Massachusetts and Vermont delegations to push for that floor vote to end the blockade and war. No famine while Congress feasts.

MaryDiane Baker

Brattleboro, Vermont


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