Theresa May to be charged with complicity in War Crimes in Yemen as she arrives in Scotland

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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.

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/actions/stop-uk-made-weapons-claiming-yemeni-lives

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2017/2/8/britain-failed-to-investigate-war-crimes-allegations-court-hears

http://news.sky.com/story/yemens-rebel-pm-accuses-uk-of-war-crimes-with-saudi-arms-sales-10693334

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6 thoughts on “Theresa May to be charged with complicity in War Crimes in Yemen as she arrives in Scotland

  1. Contrary March 22, 2017 / 5:32 pm

    Not sure if this exactly counts as ‘good news’ – well, it is good in the way that the Westminster establishment is exposed for breeding arms dealers – is that the primary desire for those MPs that want to be in charge? There must be some desire for power within an MP to want to be a minister, but it just feels to me like they are in it for personal gain, and the arms trade is where they appear to make a killing (uhu, couldn’t help it) [allegedly]. That Westminster actually appears to favour this type of behaviour,,, well, it needs serious revision to become a civilised establishment whatever. That Tony Blair got a good job advising that guy who has been accused of genocide after being PM, you just have to wonder eh.

    It just makes me sad though, that the UK government is so complicit in causing devastating atrocities but no one mentions it, but then they need charity money to save the dying babies so we hear about famine/drought/rebellion caused by anyone else except the western governments. People still actually, really, think the UK government has nothing to do with famine/destruction/chaos in forn parts. Makes me sad and angry.

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  2. johnrobertson834 March 22, 2017 / 9:26 pm

    Yes, I’ve been stretching the good news concept a bit recently. It is upsetting.

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  3. johnrobertson834 March 22, 2017 / 9:27 pm

    I’m not gonna make it. Could you do the citizen’s arrest for me?

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    • Contrary March 23, 2017 / 9:10 am

      Haha, I think security might be a bit too high for citizen arrests now! But you could always check with Police Scotland, see if they’d do it by proxy.

      They had someone from police Scotland on radio Scotland GMS earlier, I missed the name of who it was, but they let him speak while he told us that we had lots of police officers and that police Scotland was lucky to be well staffed and had a really fast response time – he said they had responded and were in place before he’d finished the call to mobilisation. He really was talking up Scotland, good to hear. He was allowed to finish speaking as well! The interviewer (Hayley? I wasn’t paying much attention!) then asked ‘but there must be more to be done’ [translation: give me something bad to report] ’em, um, with physical security’ – this meant physical barriers like bollards between roads and stuff. Our policeman said yes, they are reviewing security measures (etc). No doubt we will not hear this interview repeated incessantly throughout the morning!

      Also, I am not terribly sure how international law works, but it seems to be a rare occurrence for country leaders to be held to account. Strangely enough, it is those country leaders that make the laws. A strange, strange coincidence.

      For Good News, much of it is the WAY it is reported. I read Bateman’s blog last night, he was giving us an example of yes-to-no unionist thinking from a friend of his – basically a repeat of all the most hysterical unionist propaganda, blinkered to any other reports. I mean, how can you compare a health service where the Red Cross declared a humanitarian crisis, with one that is not quite running perfectly? This man stated the Scottish NHS, police and something else was in chaos – eh? The only way you would think that is if you blindly accepted headlines from MSM and completely ignored any statistics or the substance of real reports. So, I think just keeping repeating over and over again that the Scottish NHS is holding its own, that the Scottish government is putting forward, continuously, improvement plans, that there are no arguments that hold water against an independent economy, that police Scotland is doing okay. That PISA scores mean nothing, what is the true measure of successful education? That Scotland plans to not allow suffering for those on benefits. That we are a civilised society, have a government that speaks of that civilisation and encourages it, and our taxes are spent as much as possible on public services (NOT the priority of trident – those missiles were incredibly useful for the attack of yesterday were they not?). Repeat repeat repeat.

      Goodness, the Scottish government is by no means perfect, but I prefer them to anything else available by a long shot. ‘Transparency’ is my favourite policy. I do not understand those who have a visceral hatred of the SNP. I was fairly concerned by a retweeted tweet from ambulance service in London telling people not to phone emergency services yesterday afternoon – now, I know there are a lot of calls that aren’t actually emergencies, but it made me think – in the whole of that big sprawling capital city, they could only deal with one emergency at a time? If it was something like the Brixton riots, maybe it would be understandable. As usual with the Tories, they are privatising or closing industries using destruction rather than actually building a replacement and ensuring seamless change-over. There could be arguments for their policies and actions, but there are no excuses for the WAY they do it.

      Well, as usual I’ve rambled on, and all that while GMS has slavvered over being allowed to report on Westminster, repeatedly, and indeed did not bother rebroadcasting police Scotland’s positive, uplifting interview. The BBC really love the terrorism/fear reports, they are saying it is ‘new’ – hmm. Of course, it will be used as a ‘reason’ for the ‘devisiveness’ of a discusion on if we should have a referendum on the precious Union to be halted.

      I watched some of the Scottish Parliament debate yesterday, and have to say I would really like some kind of restrictions on telling outright lies – there is a difference between having an opinion and just making things up for the sake of that opinion. Sigh.

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      • johnrobertson834 March 23, 2017 / 9:26 am

        Thanks Contrary, interesting thoughts as always. Listening to Hayley would send me off the deep end!

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