Remember Alex Salmond calling for Tony Blair to be charged with war crimes? If you’re older, remember Maggie Thatcher preventing the arrest of brutal Chilean dictator, Augusto Pinochet while he was in the UK for surgery? Well, Theresa May is heading to Scotland next week and I hope to have her arrested if I can. I might not make it myself so I’m asking readers who can to be there, just in case, to do a citizens’s arrest for me. Why, well here’s what Amnesty International have to say:
‘We know that UK-made weapons are amongst those claiming Yemeni lives. By continuing to supply Saudi Arabia and the coalition with arms, the UK risk complicity in acts that may amount to war crimes. The UK government is now being taken to court over the legality of these arms transfers – and they are feeling the pressure.’
You’ll have seen Theresa’s visit to Saudi, crawling for arms deals and maybe heard her reprimand for her own Foreign Minister Boris when he had the nerve to tell the truth about their war crimes in Yemen. British cluster bombs were used in Saudi Arabia’s Yemen campaign and UK military personnel are actually there training Saudi personnel in the use of UK-manufactured weapons. As the attacks are driving the people of Yemen into famine, the UK continues to sell the Saudis billions of pounds worth of weapons. Theresa, no saint she, is fully committed to this dirty business. Ironically, hypocritically, unconvincingly, the UK is actually currently investigating 257 alleged breaches of international humanitarian law committed in Yemen by Saudi Arabia. That they’re using our weapons advised by our staff is bound to make this difficult.
The Prime Minister of Yemen has accused the May government of direct involvement in war crimes:
‘Prime Minister Abdulaziz bin Habtour spoke scathingly about how the British Government cares more about making profits from arms sales to Saudi Arabia than the humanitarian disaster in his country. “They have sold cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia”, he told Sky News in his office in the capital Sana’a. “They know the Saudis are going to drop them on Yemen … in Sa’adah and in Sana’a and other provinces. I don’t think they are guilty of war crimes, I believe so. They are participating in the bombing of Yemen people.”’
This kind of puts our grievances into perspective, I suppose, but it’s the kind of heartless post-imperial behaviour that is actual the main reason I want independence.