Thursday, February 25, 2016

European Union To Impose Arms Embargo On Saudi Arabia On Iran's Behalf

by JASmius

Alrighty, then.  So the E.U. has no problem imposing sanctions in general; they're only reluctant to impose them on the imperialistic, world-threatening mullahgarchy.  And their enemies - aka the West's allies, at least in this context - are fair game.

Just so we have that straight:

The European Parliament called on the European Union to impose an arms embargo against Saudi Arabia on Thursday, saying Britain, France and other EU governments should no longer sell weapons to a country accused of targeting civilians in Yemen.

E.U. lawmakers voted 359 in favor, 212 against and with thirty one abstentions for the formal call for an E.U. arms embargo.

Although the vote is not legally binding, lawmakers hope it will pressure the European Union to act.

Let's remember the fundamentally dishonorable nature of our enemy in this conflict: They're jihadists.  They don't wear uniforms to distinguish themselves from civilians; to the contrary, they deliberately try to blend in with the civilian population.  Therefore, it is impossible to avoid killing civilians, whether in Yemen against Tehran's Houthi proxies or anywhere else in the Middle East.  Indeed, it's impossible to avoid killing civilians in any war, but especially this type of conflict.  And if elimination of civilian deaths becomes more important than elimination of the enemy themselves, that means...."ending" the war itself.  And, by process of elimination, the enemy wins.

I'm still not clear as to what proof the Euros have that the Saudis are "deliberately targeting" Yemeni civilians beyond the fact that civilians have died in the conflict.  I don't see how doing so would help their cause, especially if they're dependent on Western military assistance.  But let's say, just for the sake of argument, that the Saudis really don't care if the Iranians complete the south pincer of their encirclement of the Saudi Kingdom (their control, in concert with the Russians, of western Syria and southeast Iraq constitutes the north pincer) and are only militarily intervening in Yemen to "target civilians".  Isn't that precisely what the mullahs are doing in Yemen?  And a great many other places in that region and around the world, both now and over the past third of a century?  And as the aggressors in this equation?  Why, indeed it is.  And yet the E.U. couldn't drop the sanctions against Tehran in order to resume running lopsided trade deficits with the Islamic Empire shamelessly and obsequiously fast enough.  And for what?  Access to Iranian fossil fuels resources?  Can't "Britain and France and other E.U. governments get oil and natural gas from Saudi Arabia?  Or from Canada and the United States, for that matter?  And isn't a great deal of what they want to sell to the mullahs what they are threatening to cut off from Riyadh?

This isn't a European entry into the Iran-Saudi Arabia conflict on Tehran's side, but it sure does look like the next worst thing.

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