Two years, nine months, one week and four days after the first Saudi bomb was dropped on Yemen, it is time to stop calling it a “war.” What is happening in the poorest of the Gulf countries is an aggression against the civilian population, one that half the world has a hand in. There are no boots on the ground, except those of the government forces of President Hadi, an ally of the Saudis. But there are air raids and embargos.
If one wants to talk about a war, it should be about the civil war between the Houthi minority, politically represented by the Ansar Allah movement, and the central government, which has spread out to involve other so-called “minor” actors, such as the southern secessionists and Al-Qaeda.
But that is only the “smallest” part of what is going on. Most of the deaths (13,600, according to the latest data, including 5,000 children), the three million displaced, the 40,000 wounded and the destruction of vital infrastructure are all largely attributable to the Sunni coalition led by the Saudis. And despite humanitarian appeals, they’re being supported, both militarily and politically, by the rest of the Gulf countries and the West.